We all know that KCC had the premiere of Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles ridiculously staked out last week.
Now that the show is safely on to the next po’dunk burg there are some juicy tidbits circulating that call into question the sacred division between editorial and advertising which is the cornerstone of the so-called “journalistic integrity” reporters for The Star love to tout.
Let’s gossip just a bit, shall we?
We all know that Tim Finn is probably one of the nicer newsies in Kansas City. Heck, he should have kicked my ass long ago and now that I’ve read his blog for a while I realize he never really rips bands to shreds which is far more fun to read than an actual objective review. So we’re gonna play nice as well and not focus on the fact that Kansas City’s Top Music reviewer was accompanied by KCC founding member Mandy to the Starlight Shindig. Seriously, we really do wish those crazy kids the best and merely make a passing mention to acknowledge that this blog is a place from which former staffers can spread their wings and fly!!!
But I digress.
The most important bit of information from the show features some chatter at the Beatles Tribute band performance intermission that has a few folks asking if we can really expect serious, forthright criticism from The Star nowadays.
We noticed that Tim Finn wrote a far too kind review of Rain. “beatles tribute succeeds, mostly,” the headline reads.
However, at the show it was a different story.
A trusted KCC source tells me Finn thought the show was awful
“All I know is he kept saying, “This is so sad,’ ” the source says. “He hated it. It was painful.”
Finn was also overheard saying he reviewed the show as a favor for Star theater critic Bob Trussell. So it’s not too far out of line to think this kind of thing might not have been the kind of fare he would have appreciated much anyway. Especially given the top tier shows he regularly attends for Kansas City’s paper of record.
Additionally, Starlight throws a great deal of money in the general direction of The Star so there’s always the suspicion that their cash could buy a bit of favor. In this current economic climate, it’s a buyer’s market for advertisers.
So, we have two options:
Is Finn simply not going to take out the hatchet and tear apart ANYBODY? This is the saddest scenario because so many of us like to see musical acts cut down to size when they deserve it, in much the same way that Camile Paglia completely DESTROYED Lady Gaga over the weekend.
OR, is crappy entertainment fare getting the same kind of favorable treatment The Star also delivers to Sprint, Local Pro Sports, Political Favorites And Pet Causes? Certainly, there’s a long list of favoritism from the paper that doesn’t really serve the best interests of readers.
The only thing we know for sure is it’s a matter of fact and not opinion that the Beatles Tribute band sucked so horribly that it probably made Mark David Chapman regret killing John Lennon. If only because the show put on by Starlight more effectively did its best to destroy the legacy of the Beatles.