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Conor Oberst walks off stage two songs into Bright Eyes gig in Houston

The band and fans played "Bright Eyes karaoke" before the gig was officially cancelled

By Will Richards

The three members of Bright Eyes pose in a colourful flower bed
Conor Oberst (centre) with Bright Eyes. (Photo: Danny Cohen)

Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst walked off stage two songs into the band’s gig in Houston on Sunday night (May 22), with the show being cancelled.

According to attendees of the gig at the White Oak Music Hall, the remaining band members then played “Bright Eyes karaoke” with the crowd, before the gig was officially cancelled and details of refunds were given to fans.

Caitlin Cruz of Jezebel, who attended the gig, shared experiences and videos of what happened at the show, writing: “Bright Eyes played two songs. Conor Oberst walked off. And now the band is suggesting Bright Eyes karaoke with Bright Eyes for the crowd.”

According to a screenshot from Cruz, the venue then sent attendees an email, writing: “Due to unexpected circumstances, Bright Eyes was unable to perform at White Oak Music Hall and the show has been officially cancelled.

No further details have been revealed.

This summer, the recently reunited band will finally head to the UK for headline shows delayed since 2020 due to the pandemic.

The short run of dates will include a London headline show at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo and a headline set at End Of The Road festival in Dorset.

See the dates below.

30 – London Eventim Apollo
31 – Manchester O2 Apollo

1 – Dublin Vicar Street

1-4 – End Of The Road Festival
5 – Birmingham O2 Institute
6 – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland

The band made their comeback in 2020 with ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’, their first album in nine years.