One disgruntled Kenny Rogers fan‘Leonard Cohen is absolutely fantastic. He is in his 70s …. This man, I’m sorry, he was long past it.’

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You might remember Justin Bieber got into a little trouble last week for walking off stage mid-concert, irritated at the persistent screaming of the audience. That’s Beliebers for you, I suppose. Maybe the young Canadian should be a little bit more grateful for such devotion? Or maybe he has a point? You decide.

Mind you, that’s partly why the Beatles stopped playing live, in 1965, following a barely-audible gig at Shea Stadium, where they couldn’t even hear the music through their amplifiers. On that occasion, John, Paul, George and Ringo walked off the pitch baffled and confused, more than anything else.

Now, walking off the stage is one thing. But according to Livelive listener Angela, who spent nearly €200 on three tickets to see Kenny Rogers at the 3Arena last night, the difficulty was not walking off the stage, it was walking onto the stage.

“Kenny Rogers came on about nine o’clock, he could hardly walk onto the stage. When he got to the stage, he got up on a stool. He said he had a knee replacement, and he thinks they did the wrong knee. So he couldn’t stand up, basically.”

And that was just the beginning of it. From there, he proceeded to sing but, according to Angela, performed very few of his hits. Even the few hits he performed, claims Angela, were not convincing, inasmuch as she wasn’t even convinced it was him doing the singing! “I don’t know if was dubbed, or what”, she said. “It just didn’t seem right.”

Kenny Rogers is responsible for some of the most recognisable hits in music history, including ‘Lucille’, ‘The Gambler’, and ‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town’.

The latest, and purportedly final, world tour of Kenny Rogers is called, The Gambler’s Last Deal. And I think it’s safe to infer from the tour title that this particular country legend is unlikely to be back on the road again, certainly in terms of a world tour.

But Angela was insistent, this was a “raw deal”. Rather than concentrate on music, Kenny Rogers started talking about his life, showing shots on the screen behind the stage, pictures of when he was starting to play in around 1957. The only saving grace of the concert was the presence of two support singers, country stars Charlie Worsham and Linda Davis.

But, said Joe, “Kenny Rogers is 78. It was billed as his final world tour.” In other words, the audience could hardly have expected energy levels on a par with young Justin Bieber. Angela held her ground.

“Leonard Cohen is absolutely fantastic. He is in his 70s. You don’t expect to get that when you pay €65 to go to a concert. I have to say, it was totally and utterly a disaster… This man, I’m sorry, he was long past it.”

Does she have any comeback? Do the promoters have any responsibility for the quality of the show? We shall see, but it’s unlikely, speculated Joe. After all, these things are subjective, and a subsequent caller, Richard Slater from Monaghan, who was also at the concert, thought Kenny was absolutely fine. “Is that the Kenny Rogers of 20 years ago? No”, said Richard. “But I thought he did a fantastic job.”

One texter to the show had his say.

“You picked a fine time to leave me, loose knee.”


And this, from the host.

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em …. Know when to walk away, And know when to run.”

Ah here. Steady, now.

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