Published Sep 28, 2010Following the hyperbolic response to 2008's Oracular Spectacular, MGMT shocked the world when they toned down the highly addictive pop for their sophomore album Congratulations. While we found the record to be a "cohesive burst of pop adventurousness that makes their debut look facile by comparison," many begged to differ, particularly in the UK. First, Friendly Fires called them out in the press, and now one creative naysayer forced an MGMT show to end early when he hit the drummer with a jar of urine.
As WENN reports, the group were nearing the end of their show at the Manchester Apollo in Manchester, England when drummer Will Berman left the stage in the middle of their song "The Handshake." Later reports indicated that Berman had been hit in the stomach with a jar of piss and left the stage out of anger, forcing the band to finish their set without a drummer. .
While the urine chucker in question was obviously expressing his distaste with MGMT's newer material, the arty pop rockers should be grateful that he didn't think the album was "pure shit." We found some live footage from the show in question, but sadly there are no shots of the piss jar making impact.
UPDATE: In an email to Pitchfork, MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden has shed more light on the alleged piss-throwing incident, saying it wasn't urine but actually "hearty Manchester ale" (though one could argue the two aren't so different). You can read his full statement here.