Black Moth Super Rainbow member Tobacco is known for his risque visuals. We covered them at our review of a show we attended earlier this year in Pittsburgh and most of them are tame YouTube clips that promise a DVD for more explicit content. During his smaller shows, not an eye seemed to blink, but since his grand opportunity to open for The Flaming Lips, attendees from the show have noted some peculiar activity from various venue staff and audience members.
Reports are currently coming into Twitter, that are being retweeted by Tobacco under his handle @maniacmeat that his opening set at Artpark in Lewiston, NY was shut down two songs in because of the backdrop images being deemed too obscene by the venue.
Those who are unsure of what kind of visuals happen during this Electronic set can be directed to this Not Safe For Work image, in all of it’s 256 color (REFERENCE!) glory, as well as our review featured in the first paragraph.
Alongside the cancellation, reports are also coming in that certain individuals were forced to leave the show and multiple complaints were received during the set. Why they were forced to leave is not clear, although an instagram from handle Maniacmeat shows a personal message from a concert attendee posing a question to the musician about his visual artistic integrity.
Previously, Tobacco opened for the band, playing his native (and my native!) hometown of Pittsburgh without much issue. Although, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, frontman for The Flaming Lips gave an assessment of his own show, commenting on Tobacco, figuring the stage name to be a band rather than a singular artist, stating the bill was a “spectacular once-in-a lifetime day in Pittsburgh. We had the weirdos from Tobacco show up and play. … The Flaming Lips might not even exist if not for Jason Spaceman. We love him so much.”
The weird proclamation seems to only be semantic related, as Coyne is aware of the act, quoting Maniac Meat as being one of his favorite LPs in a feature with The Quietus.
This is a developing story..