Do a Google search for Cat Power's performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music last night, in Chicago, and you'll see an accurate review of what Cleveland's show was like. Their photographer got some up close (pretty scary) photos of her, too, and WOW does she look AWFUL. Chan Marshall truly needs some professional help, and should not put herself out into the world in that state, ever again.
Not sure what Cat Power show YOU were at last night, Mr. Stoops, but what I witnessed was more like a mental patient performing at an open mic. I am a longtime fan and yes, back in the day, Chan Marshall struggled to perform due to intense anxiety and depression. She would start crying on stage, and would cut shows short, all of the time; but she finally got help for that, and was a different performer by the time The Greatest came out. I saw her 3 years ago, and she was perfectly normal, delightful, and gracious. She played her songs well, knew the lyrics, didn't screw up on the guitar again and again and again, and didn't ramble about nonsensical things between songs. What I witnessed last night, however, was the stereotype of a musician out of control. She looked horrible, she played horribly, and the way she presented herself was simply embarrassing. She screwed the Grog Shop with her late arrival, and I totally felt for Kathy and crew, who were left to deal with the aftermath. Part way into the first set, people were asking for their money back. Everyone I spoke to was confused, and talking about what a weird show it was. Many people left early, including myself and my boyfriend, who has NEVER left a show early. I, for one, was really excited to see Cat Power SOLO, and aside from being personally disappointed, the whole thing made me worry about her. What she did last night was completely irresponsible and unprofessional. She was definitely drugged up, and in no way acting like a "normal" person. I do hope she can clean herself up, and at least make more albums. Maybe someday Cleveland will get to see her play solo the RIGHT way... but maybe not. No matter what happens, I'm glad I have my Cat Power vinyl. She can't screw THAT up.
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