On April 30, 2000, Fiona Apple took the stage of New York’s Roseland Ballroom in front of 3,000 adoring fans. Nerves and terrible sound quality soon got the best of her, however, and the rising starlet quickly plummeted into a massive meltdown. “I just wanted to do real well in New York ... But f***! I can't hear myself!" she yelled at the crowd. Apple ran from the stage after playing just a handful of songs, but not before half-begging, half-berating the journalists in the audience in an attempt to keep the flameout under wraps. It didn’t work. —Jeff Royer
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