Monday, June 17, 2024

WHO Concert Review: Rolling Stones Stole the Show, Lady Gaga Glowed, JLo Lip-Synched to Track, Paul McCartney Was Charming, Taylor Swift Looked Scared


So what about this two hour all network concertcalled “Together at Home” put on by the World Health Organization and Global Citizen?

Lady Gaga organized it. Her opening rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” was for the ages. She is such a gifted singer. Just lovely.

Well, JLo was the only artist who lip synched to track. Her thin voice was no match for “People” or Barbra Streisand. This was a bad idea.

The Rolling Stones stole show with “You Can’t Get Always Get What You Want.” Their number had the most vibrancy.

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, as well Elton John: each terrific. McCartney was very charming. Stevie looked and sounded good six months after his kidney transplant. Elton is a force of nature.

Keith Urban’s triptych was a great idea. “Higher Love” was a very good choice, and it was swell to see Nicole Kidman.

Billie Eilish– sing out, Louise. No one could hear you. And are the Emo Carpenters now called Billie Eilish and Finneas, like the Captain and Tennille? Poor Finneas.

Lizzo was so good on Sam Cooke’s classic “A Change is Gonna Come” I got goosebumps. But why no Jennifer Hudson? Were they two scared?

Eddie Vedder was just fine. Taylor Swift was not. Who was she auditioning for? How ’bout mic? A light? An amp? Something?

Where was Sting? Bruce? (He’s doing that Jersey thing on Tuesday.) Katy Perry? Carole King? Gladys? Dionne? Smokey?

Lopez holds the mic close to cover her not singing, a track swells around her. Or am I missing an orchestra in the room?

And meantime. Kenny Babyface Edmonds and Teddy Riley did their own show on Instagram. See below

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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