Royal Blood frontman Mike Kerr is in hot water after flipping off the audience at a recent show, which has left many with a poor taste in their mouths.
As reported by Louder Sound, Royal Blood were set to share the night with Lewis Capaldi, but it seemed that fans were more-so eager for Lewis Capaldi than Royal Blood as the crowd reactions, or lack there-of, spoke volumes to Mike Kerr who had a full blown, self entitled, freak out.
At the beginning of the clip (below), Kerr addresses crowd.
He said: “I guess I should introduce ourselves, as no one knows who we are. We’re called Royal Blood, and this is rock music. Who likes rock music? We’re having to clap ourselves because that was so pathetic.”
Kerr then addressed the cameraman in a very meltdown style look. He asked: “Will you clap for us? Will you clap? You’re busy. Can you clap? Yes, even he’s clapping. What does that say about you?”
Mike Kerr also then sent shockwaves through the place as he slammed his guitar and walked away all while putting up middle fingers to the crowd.
I doubt that this happens at every show for the band, but the self-entitlement has to go. Musicians, shockingly, are usually damaged people who need acceptance from others in order to function correctly. In fact, many psychology studies show this. With that factor in play, you can clearly see it here.
Mike Kerr didn’t get what he wanted that night. He didn’t get the acceptance that he so needed on that night and it sent him over the edge. Should we demonize him for it, well, to a degree, I think conversations must be had on how this is totally unacceptable behavior from him, and he should note it and apologize for it, and seek help.
We are also seeing a mental health degradation in real time along with someone who has severe mental health issues.
Royal Blood making their feelings known about the crowd at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend yesterday 😂
— The Rock Revival (@TheRockRevival_) May 29, 2023