[artist id="1742872"]Amy Winehouse[/artist] took the stage Friday night in St. Lucia for her big comeback show, but the set was plagued with technical difficulties and bad weather, according to NME.
The troubled singer, who was playing the 18th Annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival on the island where she frequently vacations, took her heels off after playing the song “Know You Now,” telling the 5,000-person crowd, “I am short and I don’t give a f—.”
Winehouse’s headlining slot was rescheduled due to rain, so she was played between disco veterans KC & the Sunshine Band and zouk group Kassav. She cut off her performance of “You Sent Me Flying”/ “Cherry,” telling everyone she was “kinda bored” of it. According to BBC News, as she sang “Tears Dry on Their Own,” a downpour began, and soon after the stage lighting was lost for several minutes.
Winehouse tried to end the performance after the lights went out, but she instead continued the set with “You Know I’m No Good” while slumped over a monitor, before a backup singer helped her up. It was when she tried to cover the Zutons’ “Valerie” and failed, leaving the song to be finished without her, that the audience began to boo, realizing that the show was over.
“Amy would like to express her disappointment that weather forced the abandonment of her show at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival last night,” said a statement released by a spokesperson for Winehouse. “The set started well, but as the heavens opened, a number of technical difficulties occurred onstage, culminating with the lighting rig failing for two songs. In addition, rain began to flood the technical wings at the side of the stage, which caused sound problems. Amy and the band tried to soldier on, but the set had to be cut short.
“Amy is very disappointed, as St. Lucia has been wonderful to her and its people have welcomed her with open arms, but circumstances beyond anyone’s control meant that this special show did not go as planned.”
Winehouse’s next live gig is scheduled for May 31 in London, where she will play in the series of concerts celebrating Island Records’ 50th birthday.