This performer called “insult to music fans all over the world”
Lack of talent no obstacle to fame and fortune? It looks like some 60,000 fans (130,000 by some reports) thought so and put their names to a petition to replace this well known performer with someone else at the legendary Glastonbury event. The petition called on signers to “prevent musical injustice now!”
But in the end, musical injustice prevailed and Kanye West did perform at Glastonbury, but not before butchering Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (see our post on Freddie Mercury vs. Kanye West), and calling himself “the greatest living rock star in the world”.
In a recent Huffington Post interview, David Crosby was quoted as saying, “Kanye West can’t write, sing or play, so I have trouble with him as anything but a poser.” In that interview he went on to say “He’s an idiot and a poser…has no talent at all…” Some may wish that Paul McCartney had discovered the same thing before his recent collaboration with West.
But more below on the petition. The writer questions the motivations of the petition organizer. What do you think, would you have signed the petition?
“The UK’s annual Glastonbury Festival is one of the largest and most famous music events in the world. So, naturally, rapper, fashion designer and world-class showboat Kanye West was excited to be invited to perform on the main stage this year. Just as naturally, this has inspired a backlash among British rock fans. As of press time, about 60,000 of them have signed a petition organized by Neil Lonsdale to have West removed from the concert. It’s probably fair to say that most of those 60,000 are pissy rock fans who don’t want a rapper at a rock concert, but Lonsdale claimed that his reasoning was Kanye-specific:
“My beef is not with the genre. My beef is with the stage and the fact it’s a headline slot. [Kanye doesn’t] represent anything. His songs are lyrically appalling. [He] totally disrespected Beck…[and] his Brits performance was just threatening.”
However, that explanation falls a little flat considering that the “open letter” part of Lonsdale’s petition consisted of a single, very clear sentence:
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