And Finally

No clap for Rufus

By | Published on Thursday 22 April 2010

Possibly influenced by the UK party leader debates, Rufus Wainwright has banned clapping from his current tour. Well, for the first half of each show.

A message has been posted on the warbler’s website that reads: “Rufus has asked us to pass on this message to everyone attending his shows on the tour. The first part of the program will be performed as a song cycle with visuals by Douglas Gordon. During the first set, Rufus has asked that you please do not applaud until after he has left the stage. His exit is part of the piece. After a brief intermission, Rufus will return for the second part of the show during which you may applaud to your heart’s content”.

Rumours that fans who fail to follow Rufus’ wishes will have their hands secured behind their backs for the first half of the show are made up, but that’s a whole merchandising venture in the making: “get your official Rufus Wainwright souvenir handcuffs here”.