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Tag: Neil Diamond

Suffering Artist Syndrome

It’s confession time again. I have to confess to being deeply angry, jealous, frustrated and sorry for myself when I was told that a particular review show (one of many hundreds that appear on our stages all the time) had sold out and audiences had loved it and wanted more. I don’t understand.

I actually don’t really get review shows or tributes at all. here’s the deal. Off you go to watch and listen to other, not famous, people singing other famous people’s songs. Now, it stands to reason that the person or people covering that song will never be able to do it as well as the original, and, while I’m not being a snob or a purist, why not buy the CD or even watch it on youtube?

There is no shortage of review shows. And they obviously get big audiences. There are some performers here in Cape Town who do nothing else. And people are delighted to buy tickets for these shows. My theory is that audiences feel safe going to see something that they ‘know’. They know the words and music to the most popular songs of the eighties (oh, how many times can Sweet Dreams or It’s Raining Men be shoved onto stage?), the greatest hits of Neil Diamond, Queen (the favourite, commonest and most supported choice of all tribute shows), Elvis, or even ‘mix ‘n match with a weak little theme to string them together (greatest rock ballads, best boyband songs, disco fever).

I guess it’s the same with musicals, which get churned out over and over again. Fiddler on the (same old) Roof, Cats, Phantom, My Fair Lady. what sells them is the fact that people know the story and recognise the music. Try staging a new, local, original musical and see how hard it is to get an audience; even with the greatest crits and big publicity.

And even that isn’t half as bad as trying to put on a brand new play that isn’t comedy and doesn’t have songs. Talk about pissing in the wind.

You know what’s going to happen here? I’m going to tag all those musicals and artists and this post will get a thousand hits, with people looking for those shows!

Bah humbug.

Try get a Cape Town business to actually do it!

And by that I mean actually order, stock and then sell something!

Ok, I’ve had a really horrible day; with an endlessly barking dog across the road, the filling out of forms, a visit to the local police station to certify copies of my ID, my bank card getting swallowed by the machine, having to go back to the bank and then having to wait another hour, staring at that lying poster of the damn, beautiful, thin girl in the damn green field where Nedbank implies that by joining them you will “Verbeter jouself.” I mean, can they just cut the bullshit while I stand in the queue again to get my card that their #$%^*^% machine ate!

Then Big Friendly tells me about this amazing new album.

Los Angeles – Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss dominated the Grammy awards, grabbing five prizes for their groundbreaking rock-country collaboration Raising Sand.

It has hit the music scene hugely, all over the world, but Look and Listen in Cape Town are not getting it. They haven’t ordered it and they don’t care how badly you want it. So, they would rather not make the sale. I don’t know. Seems like the exact opposite way to do business to me. At least we’ve been able to listen to it and it really is remarkable. I’m not holding my breath that Musica will get it; they tried to get me to by a Neil Diamond Greatest Hits when they ran out of stock of his latest. What’s wrong with these people? Arrrrrg!

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