on "austin city limits" i saw a recent performance by the jamie cullum trio.

he played a steinway grand and sang, backed up by a bassist and drummer.

during a lame cover version of hendrix's "the wind cries mary", jamie begins heavily pounding flathanded on the lower keys and actually abusing the instrument in a brutal non-musical manner. he sounded exactly as if he were playing with his ass. which is what he did next.

i've never understood why someone would perform a cover in public that can't hold a candle to the original.

and i sure hope that steinway belongs to him but even if it does i'm not sure that that excuses treating an expensive instrument that way.

sure, hendrix burnt his guitar at monterey pop, pete townsend regularly added broken guitar mayhem to enhance the act, jerry lee lewis burnt a piano once - but abusing a piano by beating on it like a drunken monkey: does that fall under the category of "art", "entertainment" or "just plain bullshit"?
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