Amy Winehouse’s highly anticipated return to the stage at the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia’s Jazz Festival ended prematurely and controversially after “technical difficulties” and a torrential downpour reportedly forced the “Rehab” singer from the stage a more half-dozen songs into her set this weekend. However, according to Clash Music, Winehouse’s performance was flawed well before the weather conditions ended her gig, with light and sound problems overshadowed by Winehouse slumped over a speaker during her Back to Black hit “You Know That I’m No Good.”
Winehouse has spent the past few months on the tropical island as she looks to rebound from a tumultuous marriage and a well-publicized drug habit that threatened to derail what looked to be a promising career following the Grammy-winning success of her second album Back to Black. However, the singer canceled her first comeback performance at this year’s Coachella, and only recently was once again hospitalized with “dehydration.” Still, the singer took the stage at this weekend’s St. Lucia Jazz Festival to disastrous results, struggling to get in sync with her band during the opening number (video above) and at times, like in this YouTube video, looking completely disinterested. After it was announced that Winehouse’s performance was over a mere six songs in, the crowd loudly booed the singer.
“Amy would like to express her disappointment that weather forced the abandonment of her show at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival last night. The set started well, but as the heavens opened, a number of technical difficulties occurred on stage, culminating with the lighting rig failing for two songs,” Winehouse’s spokesperson said following the show. “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.” Winehouse will get another redo on May 31st in London when she performs at a special show honoring her label Island Records.