When he returned to the stage, Krystian Zimerman explained that he had lost contracts with record labels because audience members had already posted films of his performances on YouTube, the video-sharing website.
Zimerman, from Poland, who was performing at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen, western Germany, spotted someone filming him from a balcony.
He broke off the concert to ask the audience member to stop and then left the stage.
Noah Love: We need more artists like Jack White and Morrissey. No, not temperamental megalomaniacs prone to having tantrums on stage every now and then. I’m talking about solo artists who embrace their entire catalog. Stephen Malkmus drives me crazy in this respect. His refusal to include Pavement songs in his solo sets is nonsensical at this point. If he’s willing to tour with Pavement, he obviously still holds some affinity with the music, so why not? Conversely, Morrissey drops numerous Smiths songs into his sets. And Jack White? Well, he has/had three bands and one solo record, and on Wednesday at the Sony Centre, songs from each and every one took a whirl in the spotlight. [Photos by David Leyes Photographer]
Concert Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West exceed the hype It’s rare that a show of this magnitude lives up to its hype, but Kanye and Jay-Z actually managed to exceed it. From the Tron-inspired laser show to the hydraulic-powered stages at either end of the ACC to the pyrotechnics, it was a visual masterpiece. And then, of course, there was the music. (Photo: David Leyes Photographer)
The word retirement has lost almost all meaning in the rock ‘n’ roll lexicon. It gets trotted out for multiple KISS-style “last” tours, but it rarely sticks. No one really expects it to, either. Rock music has taught us to expect that big bands will constantly tour the world’s arenas, while smaller bands will drift from casino to casino in perpetuity. A band crying “retirement” is going to receive slightly less attention than a boy crying wolf.
Even so, when a massive heavy metal juggernaut like Judas Priest embarks on a farewell tour of sorts (the band will continue to make albums, and singer Rob Halford has suggested that they might attempt small-scale tours in the future), there are bound to be expectations. While few are likely to expect that this is an end point of any sort, fans of the band’s elaborate live shows are probably going to want them to go out with some sort of bang.
Winnipeg girl to sing with Lady Gaga in Toronto Maria Aragon, the 10-year-old Winnipeg girl who has become a YouTube sensation after covering a Lady Gaga song, will get a chance to share the stage with the eccentric superstar Thursday night. Aragon, who has made countless television and radio appearances since her piano-based rendition of Born This Way was posted online a few weeks ago, is expected to perform the song with Lady Gaga at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Photo: Ten year old Maria Aragon exits a limo and is greeted by her classmates at Isaac Brock School in Winnipeg, February 17, 2011 after she was interviewed and sang at a local radio station. (Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press)