Robbie Williams rants: 'Simon Sweetman, kiss my ass'
British singer Robbie Williams has continued his tirade at Wellington music critic Simon Sweetman, telling thousands of fans the reviewer can "kiss my f***ing ass".
During his performance on Tuesday night at Auckland's Vector Arena, Williams lashed out over Sweetman's harsh review of his Wellington Basin Reserve show.
The Let Me Entertain You singer recited a poem, Hello, Sir, and dedicated it to Sweetman.
The poem, from his first solo album in 1997, was written for one of Williams' former teachers, and includes the words: "Well, I'm here and you're still there, with a fake sports car and receding hair ... But thanks for the advice and I'm sure it'll do, for the negative d***heads just like you."
He adapted the closing line in Sweetman's honour: "And here I sit in first class, Simon Sweetman, kiss my f***ing ass".
On Monday, Williams posted a picture of Sweetman and his son on Twitter.
"Simon Sweatman: Baby eater @BlogOnTheTracks," the tweet said.
Blog On The Tracks is the title of Sweetman's music-centric blog, hosted on Stuff.
Sweetman did not publicly respond, but retweeted Williams' tweet, alongside several from his own defenders.
While the show was widely appreciated by Williams' Wellington fans, it hit more than a few bum notes for Sweetman who called it "ham-fisted", "insulting" and "karaoke".
"Watching his thin sketch of a voice being plastered over the original was a bit like seeing an upturned smile drawn onto the mouth of the Mona Lisa. With crayons," he said of Williams' encore cover of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.