Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Timbaland had showed up to but refused to perform at a charity event for Flint, MI, after the club’s owner did not provide him with the correct brand of champagne that he’d requested on his rider.
At the end, promoters were still able to raise over $3,000 for the cause. Timbaland has since issued a response, and despite his horrific grammar, I think he’s trying to say that he was never scheduled to perform. He also adds that he’s already donated to Flint himself.
I don’t have a dog in this fight, but I’m very inclined to go with Timbo. Promoters do this ALL THE TIME – book an artist to HOST because the fee is lower, and then expect them to perform. The promoters then promote it as a performance, thus making the artist look like the bad guy when they don’t do it. And nowhere in the club owner’s story did it seem like this had anything to do with champagne. AND – who are you to say his liquor requests were “excessive”? That’s his rider, and you knew that BEFORE he appeared. A “charity” event at a night club is much different than an actual benefit show, so he can kick rocks.
Check out what Timbo said in the gallery.