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Monday 28 July 2014

Badly Drawn Boy is badly behaved

Damon Gough lost his temper after sound problems at an LA gig

Badly Drawn Boy shouted at a crowd of American fans he would "never play live again" after a suffering an apparent meltdown on stage.

The 41-year-old musician from Bolton, real name Damon Gough, was performing at legendary Los Angeles venue the Troubadour Club to complete his tour of North America last week when he complained of problems with the sound, before beginning to hurl abuse at the crowd.

Damon is shown in a video posted on YouTube, saying: "I am going home. This is the end of the show for me.

He went on: "If these c***s keep saying s***, I am f***ing off. Anyone else want to say any s*** to me? You think I enjoy this? Being away from my two kids to do this s***?"

Damon complained the sound was "swampy" and "terrible" after arriving on stage.

The problems persisted, causing him to become increasingly angry, telling the crowd: "Anyone who doesn't want to be here, f*** off."

One verse into his song The Shining, Gough threw his harmonica to the floor and shouted at the audience: "You can shut up!" before storming off stage for a cigarette. When he returned 20 minutes later half the crowd had left.

The musician switched from guitar to piano before ranting: "After tonight, I'm never playing live again. Seriously, do you think I want to be here? This night has been a complete disaster for me."

Damon dedicated one of his last songs, a cover of Madonna's Like A Virgin, to those who had stayed and told them: "I wish I could turn back the clock and start over. I should just open a shop somewhere."

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