What's the best way to alienate your audience when you're performing? Promote a political agenda like Madonna did Saturday night at the New Orleans Arena.
With ticket prices averaging north of $100, Madonna packed the Hornets' home with almost 30 years of music. She also decided to take a break from the concert, you know the part everyone came to see, and discuss next week's presidential election.
We've seen this act before. For some crazy reason musicians, actors, and even athletes feel compelled to tell you who to vote for in the elections. Actors Susan Sarandon and her former husband Tim Robbins do it all the time, as do many country music performers. Problem is, who cares what they think beyond their chosen profession?
I love Carlos Santana and enjoyed most of his Jazz Fest show a few years back. Except for the part about who to vote for. I kept thinking, "Is Carlos Santana even a U.S. citizen?!?" Guitar god, yes. Political expert, no.
As for Madonna, be a virgin, be a material girl, just don't waste valuable concert time telling me who to vote for. Especially when you know not what you discuss. Concert goers deserve better. They deserve what they paid for. A concert not a political rally.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times