Dear Whitney – It’s Not Right, And It Wasn’t Okay. Refund Please?

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I’d had such high hopes. I really did. I’d bought myself and five other members of my family tickets to Whitney Houston’s London concert for Christmas. We were apprehensive, but decided to “keep hope alive.” She wouldn’t be on tour if she was that bad would she? I mean, maybe all these stories about weak performances were exaggerated, surely?
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Turns out there was no exaggeration. We walked out about halfway through because we just couldn’t cope sitting through that karaoke-like performance Whitney was struggling to pull off.
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It was during “I Will Always Love You” that I had to walk out — in fact I wanted to do it several songs earlier. But Whitney’s an icon and I wanted to believe that she would finally get her ‘ish together. In the first 45 minutes, she sang FOUR songs. FOUR! Too much chat, not enough singing. Too many gaps in the middle of songs where she was obviously trying to find the strength to sing the high notes. In fact she stopped mid-way during a couple of her most well-known songs, as though she couldn’t face the rest. I say a couple, because to be honest — she hardly sang any of the old stuff, I suspect — she knew her voice couldn’t handle it.

It hurt. I mean, it really hurt to see her in such bad shape. She blamed the air-conditioning for her poor performance. She said her voice, aka “the old girl,” was a tad temperamental at the moment. Blah blah blah. A bad carpenter never blames his tool Whit. You just need to realize you can’t do it anymore. In fact, “her people” need to be honest and tell her the truth. She’s no longer capable.

I was sinking further and further into my chair as she struggled. It was just so embarrassing. She said her mum, Cissy Houston, was in the crowd, so I hope she at least gave her a talking to at the end. I was one of several hundred who also walked out during “I Will Always Love You” in my seat section, whilst some stayed and boo-ed.

“Shit-ney” was being yelled by the information desk as people were queuing up to find out where they could get a refund. We all know that’s not gonna happen. Some people had paid almost 300 pounds for a ticket — thankfully not me, but my six tickets weren’t cheap either — and I’d be pissed if I’d paid that much. It was all everyone could talk about on the way back to the subway station; how disappointed they were, and how they suspect she’s still not fought all her demons. She seemed, you know, not quite “there.”

  • Nat West

    I can appreciate Miss London’s concern and reaction. However, it’s important to consider the hell Whitney has been through. She is trying desperately to transcend that horrible experience. Right now, she needs understanding and patience instead of self-righteous criticism. She also needs to take some time off to allow her voice to heal. She also needs strong, compassionate guidance from her handlers and loved ones. It takes a lot of courage and effort to make this kind of comeback. Let’s show her a bit more patience and kindness.

  • Ricki

    This makes me so sad.

  • Lynn

    If she’s not right she shouldn’t be touring, but she has a deal and can’t just walk away. Her “handlers” are ensuring her name goes bad & unless she does a miraculous thing, people won’t go see her anymore even if studio tricks can make her sound ok. She can’t hit the high notes anymore & I believe the pressur of all this has taken it’s toll since so many expect so much after her disastrous past.

  • Paula

    I have been a die hard fan of whitney’s for 20 + years and I will stand behind her thru whatever! People should try to be a little more undersrand and stop criticizing. I am sorry Ms. London did not enjoy her experience but she still needs to remember who Whitney has been from the beginning and have some respect!! You don’t have to say EVERYTHING your thinking !