Bon Iver "kind of said 'f*ck you' a little bit" to the Grammys
The real reason that Bon Iver won't be performing during the Grammy Awards on February 12 has nothing to do with an ugly poster and a dusty promotional commercial. According to newly announced Sasquatch headliner and this weekend's Saturday Night Live musical guest Justin Vernon, the communication broke down when the organizers demanded that his band collaborate with another artist for said performance.
And, based upon an expletive-laced interview Vernon gave to Billboard at a Bushmills event -- no mention of how much Irish whiskey he had consumed prior -- this whole series of events is not too fucking cool.
"We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn't play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else," Vernon told Billboard... "And we just felt like it was such a large stage, we're getting nominated for this record that we made. Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our fucking friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said 'fuck you' a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don't think they wanted us to play."
The whole exchange -- in which he also admits that TBWA\Chiat\Day's ad campaign featuring his likeness is not of any concern -- can be found here.
Later on, Vernon was asked who he'd have to share the stage with, and to that, he admitted that it would be some yet-unnamed artists with whom he'd love to share the stage. Then he added: "But you know what? Fuckin' rock 'n' roll should not be decided by people that have that job." And, regardless if you are fan or foe, this is the single-most important utterance of the man's career.
By the way: In another interview, this one with USA Today, we find that collaborations of his own choosing could be in the future for Vernon. For an album centered around the "American songbook of the greatest women singers," he's like to enlist Alicia Keys, Bonnie Raitt, and White Hinterland's Casey Dienel. With all of this stuff going on, however, he admits that the Bon Iver faithfuls might have to wait until 2015 to get a new album.
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