Jessica Simpson forgets lyrics, fights tears at Michigan show

Saturday, February 7, 2009
Associated Press, file
In this Oct. 11, 2008, photo, singer Jessica Simpson performs at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A bizarre 38-minute set by opening act Jessica Simpson inadvertently stole the spotlight from headliner Rascal Flatts in a show at the Van Andel Arena.

The Grand Rapids Press said Simpson forgot her lyrics, struggled with her ear monitors, mumbled through songs and fought back tears during Thursday night's performance.

At one point, the 28-year-old singer-actress asked her backing band to start over on one song, and she forgot the words to another.

"Jessica had an off night," Cindi Berger, a representative for Simpson, said Friday. "She's a perfectionist, and wanted to start some of the songs over."

Simpson apologized to the audience of about 9,000 by mouthing the word "sorry" on two large video screens.

While introducing her last song, Simpson said she sometimes feels like quitting. She appeared to be wiping away tears after finishing the song and walking off the stage.

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