Word began to spread over the weekend that Timbaland was gunning for the Worst Human Beings Ever list when he reportedly “refused” to play a Flint benefit that would’ve benefited the victims of the Flint water crisis. As Club Bleu co-owner Mitchell Jaworski’s story goes, Timbaland “reluctantly took the stage at 1 a.m.” and just stood there “in defiance” because the venue didn’t stock any Ace of Spades. All they had was Dom Perignon for Tim Man to wet his whistle. Tragic.
Now a rep for the producer is denying claims his poor accommodations is to blame for his “performance,” and claims Timbaland wasn’t contracted for a “full band performance.”
“Unfortunately, the statement made by the promoter in Detroit is simply not true,” Timbaland’s rep says in a statement provided to Billboard. Timbaland is an “extremely generous person who agreed to a much lower fee for this event to raise money for the Flint, Michigan’s water crisis,” the statement continues. “The promoter was fully aware that this was not a full band performance on stage, yet still promoted it as such. The club was still able to raise money for charity, which was our goal in doing this event all along.”
It sounds like Timbaland’s accusing the promoter of pulling the old bait and switch. Some janky promoters like to contract artists to appear at a venue because it’s cheaper than paying for a performance. They promote the appearance as a performance to the public, who pay because they think they’re getting a show. The night of the event, the promoter hopes the artist will feel bad for fans who paid to see a show and perform, even though they weren’t paid a performance fee. It’s really some shady stuff.
The good news, however, is Timbaland and the club were able to raise $3,000 for Flint Water Crisis victims.