Amy Winehouse cancels part of European tour, singer 'cannot perform to the best of her ability'
The news that Amy Winehouse has canceled part of her European tour is a blow to the fans patiently awaiting her comeback. Seeing the reason behind the cancellations, however, makes for a heartbreaking confirmation that the embattled singer doesn't seem ready for the stage and appears to be on the losing end of her battle against sobriety.
Winehouse was in the Serbian capital of Belgrade this last weekend, kicking off what was supposed to be a 12-date European tour. As a slew of embarrassing videos showcasing her erratic onstage behavior show, the performance was a disaster.
In one YouTube clip, the singer stumbles through "Just Friends." Her eyes heavily glazed, she can barely stand upright and she rattles off a band introduction as she slurs the lyrics to the tracks.
Winehouse was booed both for her poor performance and her tardiness, and has canceled appearances in Istanbul (where she was scheduled to perform Monday) and in Athens on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. Her representatives said it would be "worked out as soon as possible" as to whether or not she would resume the rest of the tour.
"Despite feeling sure that she wanted to fulfill these commitments, she has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home," the statement read, adding that she "feels that this is the right thing to do."
Enraged audience members walked out on the singer, and the term "hard-earned money" couldn't be truer for her Serbian fans. Tickets to the show cost about 40 euros ($57), a pretty penny in the country where average salaries are around 300 euros ($428) a month.
Rather than show the disastrous performances, check out Winehouse at her finest below; if you prefer seeing the Serbian trainwreck gig, click here.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Amy Winehouse performing at the Glastonbury Festival in England in 2008. Credit: Ben Stansall / AFP / Getty Images