Tuesday, 5 March 2013

"His Adoring Followers Had The Joy Sucked Out Of Their Young Souls"



Adam writes… "His adoring followers had the joy sucked out of their young souls."

Wow.

We think it might be our favourite piece of music journalism of all time. It's at least the best since the Daily Express thundered "The Tottenham Sound Has Crushed The Beatles" back in '63 when the Dave Clark Five toppled The Beatles (briefly) from the No.1 slot in the chart.

The tale from which it is quoted – pop singer Justin Bieber's late appearance at the O2 – rumbled across the Internet all day today, and made the front page of the London Evening Standard. The review of the debacle on page 7 appeared under the headline above. Let's have a look at it again:

"His adoring followers had the joy sucked out of their young souls."

Once more: Wow.  

Bieber took the stage at the O2 almost two hours late, according to the report. Many of his fans, being children, had to leave early to get home for beddie-byes and thus missed the show.

Some parents had shelled out £68 per ticket.

To paraphrase Sex Pistol Steve Jones to Bill Grundy back in '76: "What a rotter."

The young Canadian singer, whose bedtime routine must surely also have been spoiled by the lateness of his gig – finally issued an explanation for his lateness after the Evening Standard hit the streets. "Technical difficulties," apparently. 

And so, to make amends, and to teach our children good musical habits, we proudly present some Canadians who will NEVER let you down. Come on kids, cheer up! Here's Uncle Neil...





… and Aunt Joni…



… and there's even Laughing Lenny…




… all live in London. There, that's better.


NB: Rock'n'Roll London guide Richard will not be two hours late for the Rock'n'Roll London walk on Friday, will not wait all day to issue a defensive apology having been slated by irate parents on the BBC and in the Evening Standard. Nor will he charge £68 for a ticket. And he will definitely NOT sing Boyfriend. (Whether or not he will bust a move or two depends upon his mood on the day.)





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