Saturday, August 09, 2008

Gay favourite Bette Midler critical of the MTV generation of pop stars

"They don't speak. They don't talk to their audience. They may say, 'Hello, New York' or 'Hello, Las Vegas,' in the beginning, and 'Thank you' in between songs, but they don't talk. They don't tell stories or take the time to make a connection, build a rapport. There's no emotion. After MTV came along, people were seeing their favourite singers in videos, and suddenly there was a certain vision of a song—how it should sound, how it should look. Then (in concert), there was no room for improvisation—everyone wanted an exact replica,” Midler told the Daily News.