Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ABBA tribute show caused ‘concerns’


    Having read both the positive and negative feedback on MASSV, I hate to dwell on the negative, but it was the ABBA tribute show that really caused me concern.
    First off, just because a foreign band has learned to manipulate the first two letters of the English alphabet to their advantage doesn’t give them the right to sing in English. I could handle the rampant middle-aged drinking, but the contact high from all the estrogen wafting about made me feel sick and giggly. I was also nearly blinded by the glare off all the sequins, and at least four or five times the flailing hair ribbons of dancing women obstructed my view of Bjorn. Holding the drummer captive behind Plexiglas like a wilted piece of lettuce under a sneeze guard seemed cruel and unusual, and nearly brought tears to my eyes.
    To make matters worse, the unruly crowd crashed onto the stage and attempted to sing with the band, disrespecting their stardom and the fact that, although they aren’t the original members of ABBA, they are still considerably more famous and talented than a Swedish girl you’d meet at a youth hostel. The quips and stories between songs had the crowd lathered up into a revolutionary frenzy that sent a rioting mob through the valet parking lot, overturning cars and setting everything but Volvos and Saabs ablaze.
    The songs were also troubling, as the lyrics and beat of the tambourine were hypnotizing me into checking out the Dancing Queen. The problem being she was only 17. Don’t get me started on Jazz Fest.
Jim Slanetz
Ketchum




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