Australians Confuse A Britney Spears Concert With A Singing Performance
I can't sing and dance at the same time y'all!
When we visited Australia for the 2000 Olympics, we were comforted by the realization the "land down under" is a lot like the U.S., but with cooler accents. Apparently those similarities don't translate when it comes to Britney Spears concerts.
Spears, who's had to overcome a mountain of difficulties in the last few years including two back-to-back pregnancies, divorce, a very public mental breakdown, tabloid-feeding frenzies, a multitude of legal issues relating to her ability to make decisions on her own behalf, forced rehab stints, forced mental hospital stints, and worst of all, prolonged periods of separation from her two young boys, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
Quite honestly, it's amazing she's performing at all.
Clearly, Australians expect more from Spears than they should -- they expect her to SING live — and in concert even. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!
Spears' comeback tour, aptly titled "Circus" has been lucrative for the 27-year old star, with Britney finishing 3rd in the world, and 1st in North America for most lucrative concert series. "Circus" had grossed $74.6 million, with average ticket prices at $95.04 for the first half of the year after performing 48 shows. Britney's trip to Australia marked the last leg of the tour, but it seems to be ending on a sour note.
Australia's media and fans, a rough crowd to begin with, seemed to have it in for Spears from the get-go, with fans leaving after only a few songs, complaining about lip-syncing, a lack of big screens for those in the cheaper seats, to overinflated ticket prices. Clearly Australia isn't terribly familiar with a Britney Spears performance. The key word in that phrase is "performance."Continued on the next page