Simpson had a near meltdown Thursday as she opened for Rascal Flatts in Grand Rapids Michigan. The singer fought back tears, forgot the words to lyrics and mumbled her way through a bizarre 38-minute set of songs.
Almost from the opening song of “These Boots are Made for Walking,” Simpson fought with her ear monitors, constantly trying to keep them in place, suggesting she was having difficulty hearing herself.
At one point, she had her seven-piece band stop, then start over, during the up-tempo “Pray Out Loud.”
After that, she forgot the lyrics to her single “Come on Over,” causing her to apologize to the audience.
Things got so bad that, while introducing her closing song, “Do You Know,” the singer said there have been times when she felt like walking off the stage — “like tonight.”
At the end of the song, she thanked her band for “having her back.” And it looked as if she was wiping away tears as she walked off the stage.
So what caused Jessica’s meltdown? It probably didn’t help that boyfriend Tony Romo missed his flight to Grand Rapids.
Simpson is scheduled to perform in Champaign Illinois today.