Wednesday 26 November 2014

Fans fall out of love with Julio after horror show

Published 17/05/2014 | 02:30

Julio Iglesias in concert at the O2, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Julio Iglesias in concert at the O2, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Julio Iglesias in concert at the O2, Dublin last night Picture:Arthur Carron

POOR sound and a less-than-stellar performance from the star were to blame for the disappointing Julio Iglesias concert at Dublin's 02 theatre, according to the promoter.

Pat Egan said he agrees with some of the disparaging comments from disappointed fans who were among 5,000 concert-goers who attended the Spanish singer's concert on Thursday night.

"I think Julio might have thought he was in Mexico," he said of the 70-year-old Latin crooner's performance which was largely panned by many of his fans.

Iglesias's performance wasn't up to par and the sound quality left a lot to be desired, he told the Irish Independent.

"The first hour was pretty good but he wasn't up to scratch for the rest," he said.

"But he's 70 years old," he added.

However, when reminded that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger continues to get rave reviews for his live performances despite being 70, he conceded he couldn't blame it on the singer's age alone.

"You could put it down to a bad day," he said.

Unfortunately, he said, he wasn't in a position to offer fans any refunds. "Nothing out of the ordinary happened. The contract was for 90 minutes and he played for more than 100 minutes," he said.

"When it's (the fault of) the artist, we don't have any control," he said, adding that the sound and lighting was also supplied by the performer.

But some disgruntled fans took to the airwaves yesterday to vent their frustration.

Terence Early and his wife Lily from Walkinstown, west Dublin, said they were looking forward to the show and were delighted when their daughter bought them two tickets as a birthday gift, which cost her more than €180.

But Mr Early was among a number of fans who complained about the performance. "I tell you now I was nearly suicidal," Mr Early said. "He couldn't sing a note. It was cruel. It was the worst show I was ever at."

Despite his reputation as the besting-selling Latin music artist of all time, selling more than 120 million records, Mr Early said he was compelled to intervene when Mr Iglesias attempted to sing his hit 'To All The Girls I've Loved Before'.

"I had to shout out and sing it myself to him," he said on RTE's Joe Duffy show.

But it wasn't the first time that his performance got less than stellar reviews.

While praising his "sheer magnetism that had the audience in raptures" during a performance at London's Royal Albert Hall earlier this week, a critic at the 'Daily Telegraph' described the singer's set list as "the kind of thing you might expect from any cocktail bar outfit entertaining tourists in a Spanish resort.

"Yet Iglesias's presence somehow compensated for all shortcomings," he wrote, "even if he cuts an increasingly vulnerable figure for a legendary romantic lothario. His hair is thin and frizzy, his skin glows a fake shade of orange, his teeth gleam unnaturally white, and his limp (from the car accident that cut his football career short in 1963) has become pronounced."

Irish Independent

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