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ANIMALS!

Polemic
Polemic

Trawling (trolling?) through social media land yesterday, we came across an interesting series of comments on the Rosemount Hotel’s announcement that The Animals will be performing there on 28 November. 

It’s so easy to join the social media pile on.  Maybe next time you want to call out a band for not travelling with the original line up, or being too old (really?!?), check the product first before sharing your ignorance?

Predictibly, the ritual stoning went something along the lines of:

  • Not enough original members.
  • No Eric Burdon, no Animals.
  • Too expensive, I won’t pay for that.
  • They’re too old!
  • Blah.
  • Bleat.
  • Blah.

Seems like some members of the music-going public feel it’s their right to live eternally in the past and cast stones at those artists and bands who dare to keep their careers alive by navigating through the inevitable line-up changes that are mandatory over the long run.

OK, so people have a right to cast stones, if they like. And we all love our heroes and icons. But, seriously people, get a grip!  I wonder whether those same people that pilloried The Animals for daring to bring their music back to us this year would make up the bulk of the audience for the Aus Animals Tribute Show?  We’re betting that a fair few of them would.

Not that there’s anything wrong with tribute bands.

Artists don’t ply their trade unless they’re pretty confident about what they’re doing.  And time served usually makes bands better at what they do, not worse. Also, bookers and venues won’t risk their reputations on a dodgy product.

The other week we went along to see Gang Of Four at the Rosemount.  Technically, it was Gang Of One, as only one original member, Andy Gill, was part of the line up.  Somewhere in the haze of the 80s we saw the original line up.  They were a little bit shit, but they were doing something highly original, ground breaking, even, so they could be forgiven their shitness.  This time, they were tight and scorching hot, played it like they meant it, performed their socks off and still had the anger and bile of the original line up.  They weren’t doing it just for the money and the fame, that’s for sure.

It’s so easy to join the social media pile on.  Maybe next time you want to call out a band for not travelling with the original line up, or being too old (really?!?), check the product first before sharing your ignorance?  And, if you do happen to plunk down $50-$60 and you don’t end up liking what you see, chalk it up to experience, maybe have one or two fewer beers/wines/whines that month and then get back out there.  You’ll be happy you went nine times out of 10.

Remember, reviews come after the event.

The Animals play The Rosemount Hotel on 28 November.  More info and tickets here.

Please direct your stones and personal insults to the usual address 😉

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