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August 21, 2007

Rant of the Day: Peter Simpson on not-so-Super Ex concerts

Ottawa Citizen blogger Peter Simpson has a lot to say about the quality of Super Ex concerts. A sample:
Ottawa's "Super Ex," now on in Lansdowne Park, has long been known for an annual concert lineup that is - how to put it - not seen as cutting edge. Year after year it's a panoply of all-but-forgotten relics, occasionally with a few fresher bands tossed in, but not many truly memorable moments.
This year, Super Ex has its usual concert series that is free with Ex admission - Jeff Healey, David-Clayton Thomas and the tediously ubiquitous Trooper, who told us they were here for a good time, not a long time, but lied.
The shows by Michael Bolton, a saccharine performer who was big for a moment about 10 or 15 years ago, and Gregory Charles, Quebec's much-promoted future king of fromage francais, have been cancelled. The official reason is "scheduling conflicts," which is true in that the prospective audience members who organizers hoped would buy tickets were all scheduled to wash their hair those nights.


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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:50 PM

    This message is for Peter Simpson...what comment is that.... Michael Bolton being a "saccharine performer"????? It is rude and uncalled for!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have been to every one of his Ottawa concerts and would never miss an opportunity to see him..I would think that there are many of his fans out there that feel the same as I do. Nothing has changed even if he is not in the "limelight" as you so state. He is an incredible performer and someone like him should in fact be going to the National Arts Centre as he is way too classy to be going to the Super Ex or the Scotiabank Place. However, since the NAC has only limited seating,it would be too difficult to accommodate all of his fans. That is where the Civic Centre unfortunately comes in. Ottawa definitely needs an intermediate music hall for those who want to give an intimate performance.

    Now......isn't this a better way of looking at it??? Perhaps you too are becoming a "saccharine critic"!!!!


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