Last night Fiona Apple played a new song, possibly called “I Want You To Love Me,” at her Newmark Theater show in Portland.
She also had a breakdown, according to Stereogum, about 90 minutes into her set.
“Someone in the first balcony yelled out, ‘Fiona! Get healthy! We want to see you in 10 years!’
Apple, understandably, looked aghast, then hurt, then furious. She unleashed a torrent of vitriol at the unseen member of the peanut gallery. ‘I am healthy! Who the fuck do you think you are? I want you to get the fuck out of here. I want the house lights on so I watch you leave!’
That might have been the end of it — the house lights did come on, and the shouter did eventually depart — but the anonymous commenter decided to get one last shot in: ‘I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful!’
There was no coming back from that. Apple insisted she was done, spat her frustration into the microphone, and fought back tears. She pulled it together enough to perform an understandably intense version of “Waltz (Better Than Fine)” that she sang through sobs. But the wellspring of feelings burst forth again. She raged, empathized, apologized, and departed. Show over.”
For more of the story, head over to Stereogum.