Why Miranda Lambert Put Her Mic Down & Refused To Sing During A Concert

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Miranda Lambert opened up about her career on Apple’s Essentials Radio podcast with Kelleigh Bannen. During the conversation, Lambert revealed there was a time she refused to sing during a concert.

In 2007, Lambert opened for Toby Keith, and at one of the shows, the audience was less than excited to listen to Lambert’s set. In the interview, the “Bluebird” singer recalled:

“It was an amphitheater tour, and one night, the whole audience, they wouldn’t even clap hardly. I was about to do ‘Gunpowder,’ and it was my last song.”


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Lambert was so frustrated with the audience that she “just put the mic down.” Afterward, Lambert addressed the crowd. The country star told the audience that she would not leave until she got a reaction from them.

“I said, ‘If y’all want to see Toby, right, you’re here to see Toby?’ I realized that, clearly,” Lambert recalled. “They’re like, ‘Yeah!!’ And I was like, I will leave as soon as I get a reaction. If anybody could just stand up, one person. And so the band vamped for like a solid minute and a half, which is like death to me, because I hate dead time on stage. I panic.”

Lambert explained that she left the mic on the ground and began pacing the stage. Finally, two people stood, and gradually, the entire crowd joined in.

“The whole crowd stood up and they started to clap and I don’t know how it happened. I didn’t know what else to do!” Lambert remembered.


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For more on Lambert’s career, check out the video below.  

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