As You Are

They were terrific and the sound was incredible. They brought a heck of a band with them, and talent just oozed off the stage, but regrettably, of the 25 songs they performed that night, only seven or eight were recognizable, previous hits.

When they did do a song from the past, the audience ignited and rose to their feet. When they did new tunes that were their personal preferences, the audience seemed to sit patiently and wait for the next hit.

I found that to be rather self-indulgent of the performers. I know it has to be hard to perform the same numbers over and over, year after year, but four of the songs they did actually featured the backup performers whom we certainly did not pay to see.

In all, I think they could have given the audience more of what they came for. That’s the way the show was advertised. Every commercial they did for the concert featured all the old songs, but that certainly was not what they came to play, so there was sort of a “bait and switch” feel to it.

And as far as empathy for the artist performing the same things over and over in city after city–I would counter with exemplifying the stars of Broadway plays and musicals that are held over for years, like “Phantom of the Opera.” Those people recite the same lines and sing the same ballads four nights a week, sometimes for 300 nights a year. I don’t hear them complaining about re-performing the thing that the audience came to hear; the part they competed to win and still hold dear.

The concert was a stark example of my point herein: The people came to see their heroes of the 1980s be as they always were. They had advertised themselves by shining a light on the notion that they still ARE what they always WERE.

But when we got there, they showed us who they have become–and that was with the dollars they earned from us when we bought their albums and attended their concerts–when we were still who we are today.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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One comment on “As You Are

  1. Ed Wolfenbarger on said:

    Take a tip from Popeye……” I am what I am and thats all what I am”

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