You force the music section to disable the Straight.com comments section, and we reward you with a Payback Time T-shirt and tickets to two Live Nation club shows of your choice. Here’s this week’s winning whine.
Dear Payback Time: I went to Queen. I was excited. It was a total atrocity. That show deserved a whipping and you bowed down to it like a serf. How many locks of hair were you expecting Brian May to dump in the mail for you after reading your garbage? Newsflash: it was a wig, bro. And Adam Lambert, “not a bad call”? Maybe you were the guy I saw hanging out by the tour van after the show with the Queen + Adam Lambert tour T. You could’ve donated that money to deserving people. Shame on you.
> Avi Weiss
Steve Newton replies: Dearest Avi—You forgot to mention that I called Adam Lambert’s voice “bland”. Actually, I didn’t really do that. I described his voice as “relatively bland” when compared to the instantly recognizable voices of original Queen singer Freddie Mercury and previous Queen frontman Paul Rodgers. But my comment unleashed a torrent of outrage from the hordes of “Glamberts” (Adam Lambert freaks) who don’t appreciate anyone doubting the utter amazingness of their American idol. At last count my review had garnered 97 comments, and only a couple of them were positive. The vast majority described me as “stupid” and “cowardly”, an “idiot”, “wanker”, and “schmuck” who was “tone deaf” or just plain “deaf”. Luckily, after 30-plus years of getting slagged for my opinions on concerts I can take 95 or so insults without too much shame and suffering. But what I can’t take is bozos like you taking ridiculous potshots at genius guitarists like Brian May. The best you can do is say he wears a wig? Christ on a cracker, he could have a fuckin’ rhesus monkey sewed to his scalp for all I care, as long as he keeps on playing the way he did in Vancouver. And what in god’s name were you doing at a Queen show if you don’t like Brian May? You spent all that money on tickets so you could study his hair? Get a life, Nerdlinger.
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