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Watch a Concert Marriage Proposal Go Horribly Wrong

Andreas Rentz
Andreas Rentz

We’ve all seen videos of successful marriage proposals that take place at sporting events and concerts. But what happens when the woman says no? That scenario happened back in 2015 at a show by the indie band the Front Bottoms at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

As you can see in the fan-shot video that was tweeted below (and found by Uproxx), the couple was able to get onstage, where the man took the microphone and professed his love for his girlfriend. But you can see that his feelings weren’t reciprocated and she starts shaking her head. Still, he gets down on one knee and pulls out a ring, at which point she throws up her hands and walks offstage. The crowd’s reaction changes from thrilled to stunned as she leaves him hanging.

A botched onstage marriage proposal can also leave a band in a bind. After all, how can they possibly follow up such a disappointing moment? It’s a dilemma that Rhett Miller, the frontman of the Americana band the Old 97’s, has had to deal with for years. His 2001 song “Question” is a proposal set to music, and fans have often contacted him to request the song so that they use it as the backdrop for their potential engagement.

After 11 years, Miller admitted that the pressure of being the facilitator of marriage proposals had gotten to him. As the band prepared for a 2012 tour, he sent out a message to “the starry-eyed lovebirds who have been writing me with requests for assistance in their wedding engagement.” “I believe in love (as [another song of theirs, “Rollerskate Skinny”] testifies), but I am not the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. I merely sing and shake my ass.”

While the band would still play “Question” every night, it no longer would “stop the rock show in order to focus on one couple in the audience who may or may not be getting engaged at that moment.” Instead of bringing the show to a halt, as they had been doing, they decided to extend the song’s introduction. “That would be a great time to screw up your courage, get down on one knee (mandatory), and dive into the bliss of matrimony,” Miller said. “Hooray for love.”

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