"[F]or an increasing portion of the pop music audience, perfection is more desirable than authenticity -- especially when they're paying almost $100 a ticket for an elaborately choreographed concert."Incidentally, and not to get all rock-purist on Mr. Martinez, but Freaktoastt J performed every song from every concert on his 1995 Stata-telic Stalactites tour while hanging upside-down, and it is rumored that he even hung upside down on the tour bus when traveling between shows. The vocals were not lip-synched and sounded great. I think some of his songs were even more moving/meaningful because he was singing them while hanging upside down, especially "Be My Reciprocal," "Just Another Sleeping Bat," "Lovin' in a Yoga Sling," and his cover of the old gospel standard "Peter, Why You Want To One Up Jesus?" These upside-down performances are regarded by many discerning Freaktoastt J fans as the most spectacular performance stunt (so far) of a career filled with many remarkable stunts, although other aficionados instead point to his performing every song on the 1997 Ginger Rogers' Neighborhood tour backwards and in high heels.
"Tell me, who can sing hanging on a harness upside-down?' said Nicholas Martinez, a high school senior from Espanola, N.M., talking on his cellphone during a year-book meeting. ... Mr. Martinez paid $91 for a ticket to Ms. Spears's Onyx Hotel Tour and will drive six hours to Denver to see the concert. 'I'd rather her not ruin my favorite song and just put on a good show,' he said."
Sunday, February 01, 2004
have you ever wondered how particular people come to be the people interviewed for new york times stories?
From a story today on the increasing public acceptance of lip-synching in concerts: