A New Orleans band shut down Christina Aguilera’s request to sing at a local pub.
The Grammy-winning singer stopped by Cafe Negril before her Liberation tour stop at the Saenger Theater in NOLA when Claude Bryant and the All Stars denied Xtina at the stage.
According to Billboard, Aguilera, 37, who spent most of the night dancing, eventually went up to the band’s frontman, Claude Bryant, and asked if she could join them for a song – that’s when she was turned down.
In a video posted to Twitter by a fan, Aguilera could be heard saying, “You don’t want that? Oh, it’s OK. I don’t have to sing.”
The next night, during her show, Aguilera commented on the situation. “I go to this little bar and there’s this live band playing, and I was with a couple of my dancers and I was just like, ‘Let me just get up on stage and jam with this guy. Maybe I’ll sing a song or whatever and be fun,’” she told the audience. “He would not give me the mic. He was, like, a little older and he was just like, he was not feeling it. He was not gonna give up his mic. I was like, ‘Oh, I just want to come just let me come up,’ and he just said, ‘What, are you gonna dance for me?’ I was like, ‘No, I just want to sing a song with you.”
“So I was like, ‘OK I’ll just save it for tomorrow, then.’ It’s alright,” she continued. “It’s all good. He was like, ‘Don’t hurt yourself!’ I was like, OK. This is just – you’re not feeling me. It’s OK. I’m just gonna depart ways. Be on my little merry way. Find somewhere else to go.”
Bryant later told WGNO that didn’t recognize the Grammy winner at the time. “I’m sorry, Christina. I just didn’t recognize you! I didn’t recognize her because she had a cap over here head and over her eyes. She was in a jersey. She didn’t introduce herself to me,” he said. “I asked her if she wanted to dance and she said that she wanted to sing. I started playing the beginning riff of the song, ‘No, No, No’ by Bob Marley, but then her bodyguard picked her up off the stage and she left.”