Will Berman, drummer for Brooklyn pop band MGMT, abruptly abandoned his post on-stage Sunday night after an audience member struck him in the torso with a pint bottle. Two songs shy from wrapping up their set at England's Manchester Apollo, MGMT continued on as an obviously angry Berman exited the stage.
Not noticing his absence during The Handshake, the band at last realized Berman was gone just as they were about to launch into their biggest hit to date, Kids.
Where's Will gone? the band asked the crowd. Despite the band's requests, Berman wouldn't return to the stage.
With their drummer missing, the band played Kids over a backing track. AOL's Spinner.com reports that the crowd didn't mind, and the song won the night's biggest applause. Below is video of a drummer-less MGMT playing Kids.
MGMT performed their final track, Congratulations (the fourth single and latest video off their recent album), without percussion. The band will continue through October 8 with tour dates in Leeds, London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris.
MGMT released their psychedelic sophomore album, Congratulations, in April 2010, after getting the party started (and even praise from Paul McCartney!) with their 2007 debut, Oracular Spectacular.
Already discussing MGMT's third LP, guitarist/vocalist Andrew Van-Wyngarden told Spin this month, We have some ideas and have been talking about possible directions of where to go next. I definitely think our music will change in the future because Congratulations is almost two years old now. We are just in much more positive mental states than when we wrote Congratulations. We're less anxious.
Thanks for the report to Ellen Barnes, Gibson.com.