Singer Amy Winehouse was booed and ridiculed during her concert in the Serbian capital on Saturday night, in front of 20,000 fans, in what was called by Serbian newspaper the Daily Blic, as "the worst in the history of Belgrade."
Winehouse, who has been beleaguered in recent years by a series of substance abuse issues, had checked into rehab last month to insure that she was road-ready for her European tour. Obviously the cure didn't take, because she was nearly an hour late for her performance before finally stumbling on stage, and appearing to forget the lyrics to her songs.
She reportedly dropped her microphone and left the stage a number of times and appeared disoriented. Dressed in her trademark teased bouffant, cat-eye make up and form-fitting dress, the singer struggled through her set and seemed to lose her balance on a number of occasions. Meanwhile, her band played on attempting to carry the show without her.
According to Reuters, on some of her tunes the audience did most of the singing. The Belgrade date was supposed to be the start of a 12-date tour, but reps at Outside Organization have confirmed that a show in Istanbul on Monday June 21 and Athens on Wednesday, June 22 would be canceled.
The rep added that Amy has realized "she cannot perform to the best of her ability. Despite feeling sure that she wanted to fulfill these commitments, she has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home," a statement said. "She would like to apologize to fans expecting to see her at the shows but feels that this is the right thing to do."
Moby, who was her opening act seemed concerned for the singer, tweeting last night: "Playing a festival in [S]erbia with [A]my [W]inehouse and she's on stage mumbling...Ah boy, can't someone do an intervention? It's heartbreaking." Then, "I don't know [A]my [W]inehouse, but I sincerely hope that someone close to her can intervene and get her some help. It's truly heartbreaking."