Pop & Hiss

Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground band booed, doused in beer in U.K.

Boos and booze cut short a show by actor-musician Macaulay Culkin's band Pizza Underground in the U.K.

Actor-musician Macaulay Culkin was hoping to bring a few slices of humor and pizza in his comedy cover band the Pizza Underground’s performance at the Dot to Dot Festival over the weekend in Nottingham, England.

But the audience apparently didn’t get the joke and pelted him and his bandmates off the stage with boos and booze, according to a report from the Nottingham Post.



An earlier version of this post referred to "Walk on the Wild Side" as a Velvet Underground song. It was a hit for Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed.


The “Home Alone” star, now 33, at first took the response in stride, and when patrons began hurling pints of beer at the stage, he responded, “Why are you throwing those? I’d rather drink them.”

But after just three songs, Culkin called it quits, saying, “That’s the end of the show. Goodnight.”

Organizers of the festival, which puts on shows in various U.K. cities, said, "After barnstorming sets at both Dot to Dot Manchester and Dot to Dot Bristol, it's such a shame that some members of the crowd had to ruin what was set to be an excellent show. A sentiment echoed by the band themselves. Hopefully they’ll get to play in Nottingham again soon.”

The Pizza Underground is a New York City-based cover band that takes rock classics and reconfigures their lyrics to celebrate pizza, such as turning the Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” into “Take a Walk on the Wild Slice.”

The Nottingham Post quoted one 19-year-old fan saying, "I feel really sorry for him. I mean, the music did sound terrible, but it isn’t very fair to be hit with so much beer and booed, is it?”

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