Justin Bieber isn’t happy.
Audiences are screaming so much that he can barely hear himself sing.
“In recent weeks,” according to a Fox News report, “he’s been booed by his own fans for similar outbursts, begging the crowd to stop screaming.”
Pretty much every performer would kill for that problem, but for Bieber, it’s a real buzz kill.
He’s actually walked off the stage, returned, and lectured audiences about how unhappy he is when he can’t hear himself.
Um, Justin, that’s why they invented showers.
So you could hear yourself sing.
He doesn’t seem to have a problem cashing checks, so maybe somebody needs to sit him down and explain that becoming an international rock star/teen idol/massive celebrity has a downside.
It’s called, “People being excited to see you.”
The Beatles actually stopped touring over the issue of crowds screaming.
Of course, the Beatles were accomplished singer-songwriters capable of working real magic in a recording studio, unlike, well, Justin Bieber.
“Justin Bieber is no longer a fan of the roaring masses,” Fox News reported, quoting the singer as telling a Birmingham, England audience on Monday, “’I don't feel like I'm being heard sometimes, and it gets a little frustrating. When I'm speaking, can you guys not scream at the top of your lungs?’"
Um, no, Justin, they can’t.
You, of all people, are a sex symbol to girls who are too young to understand what a real man might be.
The Bieber has recently spent considerable time in the company of rap stars, who don’t seem to mind that their audiences are even louder than the performances.
Bieber seems to be delighted by the respect they show him, as if rap stars were the ultimate arbiters of taste today.
Wait a minute.
Maybe they are.
Bieber has had other run-ins with fans and the law lately; his entourage was cited for dodging traffic at high speed in England recently.
He also fell afoul of countless English parents when he was two hours late to a performance for young children, many of whom had to leave before his Bieber-ness could deign to arrive.
Here’s the thing – we actually expect bad behavior from our rock stars.
If they behave well, they’re boring.
In his new memoir, Supermensch, rock impresario Shep Gordon writes about how he turned Alice Cooper into a household name.
He did it by getting parents to hate him.
Gordon says he arranged for every copy of the record “School’s Out!” to be wrapped in a pair of panties.
The panties had to be inflammable to satisfy customs requirements, and Gordon had to pay for them out of his own pocket.
The ruse worked, and the negative publicity surrounding Alice Cooper was enough to push him to the top of the charts and keep him there for decades.
Justin Bieber may not wrap his CDs with women’s undergarments, but every time he annoys anyone above 15 years of age with his behavior, he delights everyone who’s under 15, and that’s his core audience.
“It’s a ploy to give him attention,” says rock impresario David Fishof, founder of the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp and the Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
“It also reflects frustration on his part,” Fishof adds. “He could be getting burned out because little girls want to scream at him and he thinks he can talk to an audience like Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney can talk to their mature fans.
“If he wants to control his audiences,” Fishof says, “than he should be performing in clubs of 100-250 people and then they might listen to him. After he sees his paycheck from those gigs, he will run back to the arenas.”
Longtime rock promoter Danny Zelisko, former Chairman of Live Nation West, concurs.
“If he keeps pushing his fans away,” Zelisko says, “they will leave him alone, and then he’ll ask, ‘Where did everyone go?’ It’s hard to get them back when that happens.
“He should be prepared to get backlash if he keeps this up, but when you are as big and famous and rich as he is, reality doesn’t seem to come into play. He really needs to savor his moment.”
Years before Bieber was born, the Rolling Stones told us that you can’t always get what you want, and that’s been a theme of rock and roll for decades.
Beiber is learning the hard way that even a rock star can’t always get what he wants.
The real question is who will find maturity faster – Bieber or the girls who idolize him.
Don’t think I’ll bet on the Bieber.