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Amy Winehouse bumbles her way through Belgrade; tour in peril

by Danielle Berrin

June 20, 2011 | 11:08 am

This is the part where someone who loves Amy Winehouse tells her: “Honey we’re getting you some help.”

While giving a concert in Belgrade over the weekend, the beehive-haired broad appeared listless and stony, barely able to stand let alone sing, while cheers from the crowd did nothing to rouse her. Some called the impoverished performance Winehouse’s “worst concert ever” which prompted her spokespeople to cancel tour dates in Istanbul and Athens, according to TMZ.com (If only Winehouse’s camp could discern the health of her performance by actually watching it instead of through panicked headlines, perhaps she’d be in better shape.)

Despite her evident addiction, Winehouse may be getting short shrift. The Guardian’s Alex Needham wrote that while other musicians (read: men) with peculiar behaviors get props for theatricality, Winehouse is “typecast a troubled diva”.

The Diva is indeed troubled, but Needham has a point that Winehouse’s sozzled singing is sufficiently entertaining, but it’s also sobering and sad.

From The Guardian:

[W]as the gig really that bad? While addiction is clearly no laughing matter, the elements of the gig Winehouse is being pilloried for are praised in other musicians. As music critic Simon Price pointed out on Twitter, when Bob Dylan renders his back catalogue unrecognisable, as he did in London’s Finsbury Park at the weekend, people think he’s a maverick genius. When Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner stops singing Mardy Bum and lets the crowd take over, people applaud it as a communal moment. When Robbie Williams has a wardrobe malfunction – according to the Sun, his penis fell out onstage in Dublin – it’s a laugh rather than a cause for concern.





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Danielle Berrin writes the award-winning Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile...

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