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Macaulay Culkin and his comedic band, The Pizza Underground, were met with beer thrown at them and loud “boos” when they took their act to Nottingham, England, this Memorial Day weekend. The Pizza Underground is a parody band singing their own take on songs by Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground. However, the concert-goers in England, who were there primarily to see the other acts at at the UK’s Dot To Dot Festival, apparently had a low tolerance for listening to parody cover bands. Or, at least Culkin’s parody cover band. Or, both.
Macaulay Culkin is that Macaulay Culkin, the former child star who had a huge amount of success in the Home Alone movies, and who appeared in the Michael Jackson video for his song, “Black and White.” He also had a romantic relationship with Mila Kunis, before she found true love with her co-star on That 70s Show, Ashton Kutcher.
The Pizza Underground, the third band headlining the Dot to Dot festival, had barely launched into the first song of their set, a cover of Lou Reed’s “It’s a Perfect Day,” when the boos commenced and the unhappy audience, not appreciating Reed’s poetry turned into songs about pizza, threw beer at them.
Macauley Culkin reportedly asked the crowd why they were throwing beer, when he’d rather be drinking it. Culkin and his band lasted just one more song before they had finally gave in and abandoned the stage.
According to The Nottingham Post, Macaulay Culkin and the rest of The Pizza Underground had enough of the terrible reception that they received after about 15 minutes, and they exited the stage before a possible riot could break out.
The crowd gathered at the Dot to Dot festival could be accused of being rowdy and rude, but there were no reports that they behaved in the same manner when any of the other bands at the festival took the stage and performed. Maybe they just didn’t get the joke, or thought that Macaulay Culkin and The Pizza Underground simply sucked.
The organizers of the Dot to Dot festival apologized for what happened, and blamed it on just “some members of the crowd” who were bent on ruining “what was set to be an excellent show.” Who knows; possibly, if Macaulay Culkin and The Pizza Underground had been allowed to continue their performance, the best was yet to come.
Though The Pizza Underground began as a joke band, and many critics would argue that’s still what it is, a hype has developed around it. Enough fans of the band have sprung up to give it a cult following and treat it as an actual band. Whatever your opinions of Macaulay Culkin and The Pizza Underground might be, probably few people would say that they deserved to have beer thrown at them.
One audience member quoted by The Nottingham Post called the performance and how the band sounded “awful,” and theorized that the sort of music The Pizza Underground played “must go down well in America or something.” However, another person in attendance, Jess, 19, said that although the music sounded “terrible,” it still didn’t excuse the crowd’s reaction.
Afterward, Maculay Caulkin and The Pizza Underground tweeted that they were sorry “a couple people ruined it for everyone.” While in actuality, it was more than “a couple people” who booed them and threw beer at them, if there was anyone in attendance who were actually enjoying the performance, their enjoyment was short-lived when the band exited the stage at the Dot to Dot music festival.
Written by: Douglas Cobb