Florence and The Machine singer Florence Welch was just glad she hadn’t broken her foot — again — when her Perth gig on Saturday night was struck mid-show by a technical delay.
The British singer mysteriously disappeared from stage only a few songs in at the RAC Arena leaving fans baffled as harp music filled in for her.
When the flame-haired performer finally returned she joked about her previous stage mishaps over the years — they include several broken feet caused by her leaping routines,perthnowreports.
“Don’t worry I didn’t break my foot again. The feet are fine!”, Welch said.
“That was a technical glitch, not to do with my toes.”
Florence and The Machine singer Florence Welch put on a chaotic show in Perth. Picture: Jacopo M. Raule
Welch resumed, blessing the Perth crowd with a cultish-like performance punching the air and prancing like a pagan.
More drama came when the Shake It Out singer scolded a drunk man at the front while performing — ironically — What Kind of Man.
“Are you behaving yourself sir?” Welch said.
“What kinda man?!” she said.
“What the f***! Please behave yourself … I mean not to that song … come on!” she fumed.
Welch, 36, went back at him later while discussing a drunk time in her own life that influenced her dark lyrics.
“When that guy sobers up tomorrow maybe he will write a song like that,” she said.
The Dog Days Are Over hit maker called on fans to politely ask others to put their phones away.
@yvonnegab89 this just happened at the Perth show. waited 15 yes to see her in so happy I’m still in shock. I love you Florence #florenceandthemachine @Florence #fyp#fypシ#viral#florenceandthemachinelive#racarena#perth#perthconcert#florenceandthemachineperth#dancefevertour#dancefever#dancefevertourperth♬ original sound – Yvonne G
She then joked how they like to deal with the issue at gigs back in her home town of Camberwell, South London, “Put your f***ing phone away!”’she yelled in a cockney accent.
Further antics saw Welch dash deep into the back of the crowd sending bouncers scrambling.
She caressed tearful fans on the front row as well as greeting a baby in ear muffs.
The singer explained to new fans in her audience that her theatrics weren’t part of a cult.
“You are wondering what the f*** is this? Is it a cult? Am I safe?” she said.
“It’s so much better if you really give into it. I promise.
“You’ll have the best time if you do everything I say.”
She wept herself when she paid tribute to close friend, Pulp bassist Steve Mackay, who died this week at 56 after a secret health battle.
Florence and the Machine played at the RAC Arena on Saturday. Picture: RAC Arena Facebook page / Duncan Barnes
She played her hit Kiss With A Fist that Mackay produced.
Welch said: “He was such a kind and wonderful and talented man.”
The night also saw her thank fans for rescuing her from her own past struggles.
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Lifting a self imposed live ban on her hit Never Let Me Go, she said, “Thank you for changing — and to be honest saving — my life.”
This article originally appeared on perthnow and has been republished with permission.
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