The R&B star left fans screaming for a refund after they forked out $77.30 ($158.85 for VIP packages) to see her perform just three songs during the Astor Theatre gig this week, before reportedly spending the rest of the 75-minute set playing tunes off a laptop.
To boot, the Grammy-winner also reportedly arrived two-hours late to the show and said “Hello Sydney” to the Perth crowd (you could say she tried to say “hello” and she choked).
Now, Gray has sort-of apologised for the whole shamozzle and has pledged to return down under in April 2018 with her full band.
“I understand that people are upset, but I didn’t kill anybody,” the 50-year-old tells Seven West Media. “I’ve had a couple of bad days.”
Gray claims she fulfilled her contract for the show, which required her to “perform her favourite tunes and then her favourite R&B tunes in a DJ set”.
Admitting that she’s far from a professional DJ and arguing that the show wasn’t suited to the theatre venue, she adds: “I’ve done my part . . . it’s not something I do well and I’m never going to do it again.
“It hasn’t been going well and I don’t want to set myself up or disappoint any more fans,” she continues. “Please let the fans know that if they save their ticket stub, I’ll make it up to them when I come back in April for a real show.”
Gray’s Byron Bay show was also canned following the Perth fail, and promoter TNT Presents has apologised, saying: “We’re disappointed, and we’re really disappointed for the fans.”
Refunds are reportedly now available for the Byron Bay show via Oztix, with promoters saying they are “in talks” to organise refunds for Perth punters.