Entertainment behind the scenes
We’ve all been there — sitting at a rock/folk/country concert, politely waiting for the band to get through its new songs and start belting out the reasons we came in the first place. But if we do that, do the performers then have a responsibilty to deliver the oldies? And in a form we want to hear?
A couple of recent performances have underlined the issue. As Fan Fare noted recently, Yusuf, the former Cat Stevens, left some fans disappointed at the recent festival in Cropredy. He delivered a fine set, but primarily stuck to new songs and some obscure old ones. He was unprepared to give the crowd the big hits it was hoping, indeed asking for.
“The set included many classics from the 60s … but all in radically revised versions. On paper this sounds interesting, but in practise I felt half-cheated — I was excited that he was playing an old favourite, but frustrated that what I was actually hearing felt like a different song.”