Child star Macaulay Culkin's cover band, "The Pizza Underground," was booed off stage at the Dot to Dot festival in Nottingham, England, this week, with many even tossing beer at the would-be rockers.
"Why are you throwing those? I'd rather drink them!" Culkin said to the crowd as the brews began raining down on the band, The Nottingham Post reported
Having just performed to cheers and applause at two other Dot to Dot's, the band attempted to soldier through the jeers of the rowdy crowd, playing one more song before the scene turned ugly.
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"That’s the end of the show. Goodnight," Culkin stated before grabbing his mates and exiting the stage. Some reports say he stormed off, but others say he never lost his cool, and was ushered off at the behest of security.
The audience was stunned as the houselights blared on and security guards ejected half a dozen people for throwing trash.
Festival organizers released a statement after the row, expressing disappointment with the crowd.
"After barnstorming sets at both Dot to Dot Manchester and Dot to Dot Bristol, it's such a shame that some members of the crowd had to ruin what was set to be an excellent show. A sentiment echoed by the band themselves."
The band, formed last year as a parody and tribute to The Velvet Underground, also tweeted their remorse.
Reporters from The Post caught up with a few audience members to gauge the overall sentiment after the show fell apart, and many reported that the band — which plays traditional instruments in addition to the pizza box and other pizza related items — was terrible.
"I feel really sorry for [Culkin]. I mean, the music did sound terrible, but it isn’t very fair to be hit with so much beer and booed is it," said one local 19-year-old after the show.
Still, others said that a majority of the crowd was digging the pizza-themed jams, and that the chaos made the event more memorable.
"The fact that Macaulay Culkin got booed off stage in Nottingham with Pizza Underground is amazing!" said a Mr. Bakewell.
Another said the crowd's boos were directed at the four or five drink-throwers, and didn't seem to be directed at the band.
Others took to Twitter to defend the band, apologizing for some of their fellow countrymen’s loutish behavior, and tweeting about how much they enjoyed the band’s subsequent shows. Others asked the joke-rockers to return someday.
As the week progressed and reports of the Nottingham show took off across the Internet, the band themselves kept it tongue-in-cheek, issuing a parody of an old Andy Warhol tip.
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