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Billy Bob Thornton Cancels Canadian Tour Amid Interview Backlash

Billy Bob Thornton's band has cancelled the remainder of its Canadian tour after being booed by angry fans in his most recent performance following a bizzare interview in which he compared the country's fans to "mashed potatoes with no gravy."

The 'official' reason for the cancellation was "due to one band member and several of the crew having the flu," in a statement. However, the announcement comes just a day after they were booed on stage in Toronto.

"It seems as if when I say something it's in the news," Thornton told the crowd. "Boo all you want, but I want to say something... We're really happy to be here, but I need to say something. I talked to this a--hole yesterday." But it did little to quell the boos.

And the band seem to be rather confident they'll be able to join Willie Nelson once again as his opening act on April 14 "after they've had time to recover." Which is -- you guessed it -- back on US soil in Stamford, Connecticut.

In the interview, Thornton wasn't happy that host Jian Ghomeshi kicked off the interview with references to his acting career, and repeatedly told him: "I don't know what you're talking about." At one point he also denied ever meeting Willie Nelson.

"Canadian audiences seem to be very reserved," he told Ghomeshi. "We tend to play places where people throw things at each other. Here, they just sort of sit there. And it doesn't matter what you say to 'em. It's mashed potatoes but no gravy."

It concluded with a performance by the Boxmasters, but Thornton refused to perform, saying he didn't have his drums with him: "We don't cart those around at 6 o'clock in the morning."

Thornton later said he loved Canada and his 'mashed potatoes' comment had been aimed at the host of the show, but the at least crowd at his Toronto show wasn't buying.

April 13, 2009 |

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