UPDATE: No Electronics Were Harmed in the Filiming of this Video
Over the weekend, Machine Gun Kelly was set to perform at a Microsoft Store in Lenox Mall as a promotion for the Source and their annual Power 30 issue. Initial reports were that the police had shut down the performance, but Kelly has now released a statement saying his quick set was not shortened by the authorities.
Early reports said that MGK was jumping up on tables with valuable laptops and tablets on them and he was destructing property. In his statement he says that he did not “stomp” on any electronics, and that any police present were not brought in for him. Kelly says the main issue with the performance was where he should be performing exactly:
“Last Friday, I was asked to perform at The Source’s Power 30 reception and honored to do so. My only goal was to give a great performance. Contrary to what is being reported by the media, I did not stomp on any computers, damage any store property nor were the police called on my behalf. There was some confusion as to where I should perform. But, in the end, it was all resolved. I'd like to thank The Source for the opportunity and let the people at Microsoft know I meant no disrespect.”
Microsoft also issued a statement, saying MGK’s performance was not Microsoft sponsored, and they felt some things in his act were not appropriate for their store:
“On Sept. 28, The Source held a private event at the Microsoft Lenox Square Store. We offer our stores as a venue for the community to use, and this event was not sponsored by Microsoft. While the artist’s behavior was appropriate for a concert, some of it was not appropriate in a store environment."
(I would provide a source link, but I can't paste here. Try Google.)
Well, you almost got it right. Machine Gun Kelly wrapped up his European Tour with a sold out show in London on September 25th. He is now back in the U.S., preparing for the release of his first major label album, "Lace Up," which goes on sale nationally on October 9th. Pre-sales activities have landed the album as high as #5 on the iTunes charts, currently hovering around 10-15 (note, these are pre-orders of an album that has yet to be released). Some local FYE's (Tower City, for one) have temporarily halted presales due to concerns about availability. Beginning October 9th, the album will be carried by Best Buys nationwide, and at various other retailers on a market by market basis. Greater Cleveland FYE's are carrying it.
Following the release and a short series of midwest shows, MGK will take off on a national tour with Rick Ross and other members of Ross's Maybach Music Group ("MMG") label. The tour will hit the Wolstein Center on November 21, 2012.
Way to go on your "coverage" of a local artist though. The Strongsville Mall shot really had me guffawing. [And no, I don't work for the artist, just a fan who knows how to use the internets].
Maybe # 12 could be “A local ‘reporter’ who likes nothing better than to take shots at a chef with national and international recognition, and an artist who is rapidly gaining national recognition, both of whom have nevertheless chosen to keep their homes in Cleveland.” Yup, I like the ring of that.
Gallucci you are a moron. Here we have a story about a Cleveland artist gaining success on the national level, and you can't help but turn it into yet another dig. Is it a personal vendetta? Did he turn you down for an interview? You didn't get to do the cover story on MGK, which I understand was one of the most widely circulated/commented on of last year? No wonder artists leave Cleveland after they are successful. Nice work.
Great writing. Great editing. Great subject. Thank you for usiing your talent to tell this story.
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