Augsburg (dpa) – Extravagant, quirky and a little crazy: entertainment artist Helge Schneider (65, “cat toilet”) likes to polarize and is not stingy with his opinion.
In Augsburg, the musician could no longer contain himself during a concert and expressed his anger at the restaurant staff who served the audience: “I have to say that it really pisses me off. I don’t want to anymore, ”he said on Friday night, interrupted his show and suddenly left the stage.
The organizer brought in a lawyer
This decision could have legal consequences for the artist. The organizer called in a lawyer, Birgit Gibson, company spokesperson for the series of festivals in Augsburg and Rosenheim, told the German news agency on Sunday. It is now being checked, for example, whether Schneider would have to pay compensation. Schneider management was initially unavailable for comment on Sunday.
“The concept is known in advance to every artist,” Gibson said. Schneider had also performed at the Wiesbaden festival before. An attempt by the host to speak to the 65-year-old after his show was abruptly cut short that night. They would have even stopped serving if Schneider had continued, Gibson said. So far, the organizer has been waiting for a statement from the artist, indicating how things should go. “It has been booked for eight shows.” Six appearances are therefore still pending.
“It’s really no fun”
Schneider had told the astonished audience on Friday night, “Well, I’m going to stop the beach chair concerts at this point. I am really sorry. Maybe you can get your money back, ”he told visitors, as seen in a video on YouTube.
“It’s really no fun. You have no contact with the public. People walk around here all the time. (…) Please understand: as an artist there is nothing I can do under these circumstances. Then Schneider said, “The system is just threadbare and dumb.” It’s not clear if he’s referring to the corona requirements in the pandemic for artists, for example.
However, he wrote on Twitter: “Unconventional thinkers and co. May let their instrumentalisation get stuck: ‘Helge Schneider canceled the concert yesterday because the on-site catering was organized in such a way that he was constantly distracted by the catering staff who served at the seats have become. ‘”
“If Mr. Schneider says he is not getting any feedback from the public, then he has to wonder if maybe it is because of him,” said festival spokesperson Gibson. Many of the guests would have been very annoyed by the sudden end of the show.
At the “Strandkorb Open Air” festival there will be concerts in several cities this summer – fans will be seated on outdoor beach chairs. Visitors are assigned a fixed basket to keep their distance from others. There are also other measures to ensure that the public does not meet. Customers can order food and drinks directly from their baskets.
Schneider explains on Twitter
Schneider explained his behavior on Twitter on Saturday: “I broke up due to massive disruption from the food industry, which always sent its employees to the stage to provide drinks to the public.” He felt distracted and only found out later that these people were entertaining others.
“I have to be honest. I don’t want to do a fucking gig. And I don’t just go wild either. I also make things up during the concert. I also want to inspire people,” he said. he said in a video on Twitter and thanked those who had respected his decision.
Initially, it was not clear whether the 65-year-old would make up for his appearance at Augsburg. “I hope we will see each other on better terms,” he said simply. It was only recently that Schneider complained about the sometimes great distance from the audience during certain performances.
According to the organizer, the public in Augsburg can return their tickets and collect the money.