Just back from a concert. My drummer gave me the concert-ticket as a birthday present. It was one of the very rare occasions that I had the opportunity to have an evening out without my family and all the sorrows that dragged me down during the last months. And I did enjoy it because I met a lot of old musician-friends there that I saw the last time at least 10 years ago. So I enjoyed this part very much. What I did not enjoy that much was the concert itself. The artist was a very talented former class-mate of mine that is somkind of a local-legend. He was known for his very rocking, anarchic and very idiosyncratic music and stage-show. Big entertainment. In fact he sold out the biggest club in town around christmas-time for sometimes no less then 3 shows in a row. For decades! A true spectacle. That`s what I expected tonight. I knew that he had a new cd out but I did not have a listen to it before. That was a mistake. First I was astonished that the concert was not sold out when I arrived there. The club was only half-packed. Tonight he presented himself with a new image. He played super-oldstyle German schlager (with brilliant musicians among them a über-sexy and very professional female background-singer that really helped me not to fall asleep). All original songs but the kind of simple, predictable and schmalzy music that my grandmother would have appreciated. That was quite a shock for me. I was even more shocked when I realised that at least 20% of the audience were under 30 years old. Fiercely partying to that granny-stuff. OMG. To me it looked and sounded like a bad business- decision in the end. And I doubt that he made enough money with it to pay for his expences. It is totally o.k. with me when an artist decides to change his image and music. Don`t get me wrong. I still honour the incredible talent of this man. But that was such a drastic and unpredicted (at least for me) change to a style of music that I find to be totally out and dated. There is a "modern" trend towards music in German language over here. And it is fresh and pop and somehow o.k. imho. I guess that he wanted to jump on that train. But that was so unfresh and not modern at all. Not even nostalgic reasons could make me party on that. (I had a glass of water throughout the evening. Maybe I should have got something stronger...) Still scratching my head. Have you experienced something like that, too?