Amy Winehouse continues to find performing sober a challenge -- even when she's getting paid $2 million an hour. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich offered the troubled Grammy winner that much to give a quick show Thursday at the opening of his girlfriend's art gallery in Moscow.
Winehouse took the bait. (She can use the cash, according to British reports, which claim she's been paying veteran inmates at a British jail to look after her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, while he awaits his assault trial.)
Tattooed Amy managed to get on a plane in London. But, a source tells us, when she arrived in Moscow "she was in no condition to appear." Word is party organizers talked about finding a replacement to sing, but felt there wasn't enough time.
Winehouse was due to take the stage at 10:30 p.m. at The Garage, the gallery of Abramovich's 25-year-old love interest, Dasha Zhukova. The singer's handlers "spent two hours trying to pull her together," says the insider.
Around 12:30 a.m., Winehouse finally appeared, wobbling onto the stage down a red carpet lined with red lights, which guided her like a damaged aircraft down a runway.
Between restorative sips of Coke, Winehouse puffed on cigarettes, flung her lighter into the audience and tugged on her little dress, revealing to stageside fans that she wasn't wearing underwear.