First Ringo Starr told fans not to bother writing fan mail to him and now Rufus Wainwright is moving in on the ‘don’t flatter me’ market.
In a message on his website to accompany his forthcoming tour he has asked his fans not to applaud him during the first half of the set.
He website explains: “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”
He does go on to add that the audience are allowed to show their pleasure at being entertained by such a diety during the second half. “After a brief intermission, Rufus will return for the second part of the show during which you may applaud to your heart’s content. Please also refrain from photography during the first set,” the website adds.
Strangely he offers no instructions for those wanting to boo him during this first half pretentious-a-thon.