Photo by Tonje Thilesen
Last night, Mark Kozelek played a Sun Kil Moon set at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh as part of this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival. As Indy Week points out, Kozelek insulted the crowd for being chatty, calling them “fucking hillbillies”, and threatened to walk off if they didn’t “shut the fuck up”.
Indy Week linked to audio of his comments (accompanied by an image of sidewalk chalk graffiti featuring the words “Sun Kil Moon Go Fuck Yourself”).
You can hear Kozelek saying, ”Everybody, all you fucking hilbillies, shut the fuck up. I don’t give a fuck if I get paid or not, I’m gonna walk.” When a man in the crowd yelled back, “Shut the fuck up!” Kozelek responded, “You shut the fuck up.” The show continued, and later, he said the comment was a joke.
This isn’t the first time Kozelek has been surly with an audience for talking during his set. The Seattle Times also referenced “bad vibes” between Kozelek and an audience back in February. The Quietus wrote about a Barcelona show in April where he was angry with people for using smartphones during his set. He also asked a man in the crowd to “meet him outside the venue after the show to settle a disagreement with their fists”.