Macaulay Culkin bailed on his monthly DJ gig Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City's West Village, hours after the surprising gaunt photos of him emerged.
Instead, fans ready to dance to his live music picks got an earful of his iPod.
"He's here all the time. Tonight, something just came up and he couldn't make it," a club employee said. "But he did drop off his iPod, that's what's playing."
"It's a shame he's not here, he always plays really good music."
Culkin, whose gaunt appearance in a set of paparazzi shots made headlines Thursday, was expected to take to the turntables around 10 p.m.
Around that time, a sign was taped to a box downstairs by the bar telling fans that canned goods would get them in for free - charitable guy that he is - and with no "Mack" in attendance, dancing would be to his pre-selected tunes.
"Macaulay Culkin is in perfectly good health," his rep said. "For anyone to speculate or suggest otherwise is reckless, irresponsible and destructive."