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Soundgarden vs. Kanye at music festival?

Kanye West performed at the Big Day Out Festival at the Gold Coast Parklands on Jan. 22 in Australia.
Kanye West performed at the Big Day Out Festival at the Gold Coast Parklands on Jan. 22 in Australia.Chris Hyde / Getty Images

Updated at 5:50 p.m. PT

Oh boy. Seems Kanye West does more than just blog in all caps -- he apparently soundchecks extra loud, too, and that did not go over well this past weekend.

The hip-hop star was in Australia to headline a set at the Big Day Out festival Sunday, but bad weather reportedly delayed his set. When Kanye finally took the stage 45 minutes late for his soundcheck, according to, it was so loud that it disrupted the performances on neighboring stages -- including that of Soundgarden.

With Kanye's tunes spilling onto the band's mainstage performance, Soundgarden fans started booing, according to Frontman Chris Cornell was irked as well and didn't hide his frustration.

"Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back," the singer said to fans. "There’s no other word for it."

Yikes. Perhaps not the best choice of words, regardless of the level of frustration.

But Cornell backed off a bit on Monday afternoon. In a message posted to Twitter, the rocker clarified, "My comments @ BDO were directed solely at inadequate tour production. Kanye had nothing to do with it! We love him."

But could the situation have been avoided?

According to Australia's Courier Mail, it wasn't really the rain that delayed Kanye's set. It was because the hip-hop star didn't want to share the spotlight with Tony Hawk, a source said. The skateboarding great was supposed to show off his moves at 6:30 p.m., but according to the Courier Mail, his performance was delayed for about two hours by a real downpour that made skating conditions dangerous. Kanye was originally scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

Whatever the reason for the tardy set, Kanye's delay was "unheard of in BDO history," according to Coast Confidential.



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