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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 June 2017
24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM LETTER Nikos Vertis concert wasn’t what I expected HELEN MICHAILIDIS Nikos Vertis performed last weekend at the Melbourne Convention Hall. So, where to start? The entry tickets said - 8.30 pm sharp - it made me laugh; but, I was there at 8.30pm sharp. As expected ‘sharp’ does not exist in the Greek vocabulary. About 30 to forty minutes later the show opened with the band from St Johns. Well, what can I say? Whoever organised the sound should not leave their day job! It was shocking and we could hardly hear any words. Words and music all blended together. As to where I was sitting? Not in the pit where the tables were but the first row in the seats; perfect view! They must've also had a five-year-old working the lights, because if you were epileptic your brain would've gone into overload and you would've had to be admitted. The rest of us just about had an epileptic fit. Whoever that was, don't leave your day job either! Just because there are 50 lights on the stage does not mean you have to use all of them! As for the star, I have never experienced such an entry. What happened to him that caused such a delay before he came up on stage, I wonder … Was he finishing off his last drink/smoke/toilet run? There was no build up either, no MC. I had my son-in-law who is not Greek with us and I was embarrassed. We left at 11.00 pm after the star took his first break. All six of us with mas- sive headaches. As for the performers, they all said the right things - "thank you" - in Greek and English but they all sang to the few tables right in front of them. Us plebs in the seated areas were just that, plebs, who might as well not have been there. All I wanted was a night out listening to some good Greek music. I should have stayed at home, put on the radio and had my nephew strobe the lights right in my face; at least I would've been able to hear the music and sing to the words. I have been to a few Greek concerts - the last many years ago with Haris Alexiou. What a professional! No matter where you were in the hall she made us all part of her performance. She introduced her band, she spoke to us and sang to all of us clearly. We were all her friends for the night having a good time out. If Nikos Vertis is the typical example of how things are done in Greece, then I am glad my kids were too little to take them when I was in Greece. Clearly I haven't missed anything, except for the bad music and rude performers. Perhaps that night's setup is wrong for me and I should just wait for Haris Alexiou to come back? Whoever convinced her to come out last time, if her health is still good, bring her back and show these younger performers how to engage your entire audience for a night everyone will remember and not just a few tables of 'special' guests.
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