Charles Aznavour Always? Not So Fast…
Bored and in the mood for a gig Friday night, I looked around and noticed the giant singer, french-Armenian Charles Aznavour -he also played the plano player in Francois Truffaut's New Wave of French Cinema masterpiece "Shoot The Piano Player". Elton John homaged the title for one of his albums. (geez, that was a long diversion,) was playing the City Center.
I had seen the gream man perform a mindboggling set at Carnegie Hall in the mid 1990s and was eager to renew my acquaintenance so I went on line only to discover he had cancelled. Uh Oh. three nights at City Center cancelled? That's an expensive illness and I figured the worst.
Charles wasn't dying, he was striking.
Which brings me to the quote that began this post:
Except he wasn't. Aznavourian had cancelled.
Charles is 88 years old and had cancelled a gig in Quebec on April 14th… I feared the worse.
But then came the statement that started this post: "None of the clauses were respected, and there is no reason for us to take the stage with him owing us so much money already,” he said.
Live Nation were presenting the concerts.
Live Nation stiffed him? Why would Live Nation stiff Charles Aznavour. This is one bizarre story and I wonder love to know what the truth is…