Prince George wears the cutest outfit ever as Kate and William wave goodbye to Australia! See the pics here!

Justin Bieber was detained at LAX airport in Los Angeles for several hours after flying back to the country!

Guest Columnists

Slammed on Stage

2011-08-26 16:44
Ard Matthews has strongly denied that any drink or drugs contributed to his butchering of the national anthem on Saturday in Port Elizabeth. A day before Amy Winehouse's family revealed that there were no illegal drugs in her system when she died. And Idols' Freddie Van'Dango has admitted to having a drink or two before being involved in a bar fight in Johannesburg on Friday night.

OK, Ard, if you say so. But it must have been really bad if people are accusing you of being not quite compos mentis as you took to the stage. It might be time to put in a few practice sessions, but preferably somewhere sound-proof.

And on the topic of Amy Winehouse: you don't need illegal drugs to get as high as a kite or to overdose. Between alcohol and prescription drugs many people have taken fatal overdoses – some unintentionally.

The public eye

I didn't quite see Freddie as the barroom brawl type, but clearly I have it wrong. At least he wasn't on stage after he had had a few drinks.

Performing must be enormously stressful. You're in the public eye, and people are critical of your every move. A good performance is such an exhilarating experience, and it must be difficult to get off the high afterwards.

I am not sure if there is a disproportionate use of drugs and alcohol among singers, or whether they just mirror what's going on in the general population. The fact is that performers are in the public eye, whereas the rest of us are not. Joe Soap could happily drink himself into oblivion passed out in front of his TV on a Tuesday night. He's not on stage, he's not in front of the cameras, and few people will be any the wiser.

But if you're on stage, you just can't hide it if you've hit the bottle.

The chaos within

The abuse of drink and drugs, whether legal or illegal, catches up with everyone from Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson to Joe Soap.

And while philosopher Friedrich Nietzche said "you must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star", I think I agree more with Gilbert K. Chesterton, who noted that "artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs."

Yes, people are driven by different things to excel, but every performer is only as strong as his/her fan base. If a performer is slammed on stage, fans will not feel that they got their money's worth: and another career goes down the tubes.

A performing career requires as much discipline and dedication as any other profession. Stress is simply part of it. A performer, who cannot handle this without booze or drugs, should bow out gracefully before they're chased off the stage, because that's just horrible to watch.

*Susan Erasmus is the deputy editor of Health24.



Read more on:    ard matthews  |  amy winehouse

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Recent News

If I were a celeb, I'd hate the paparazzi too, writes Lebogang Matshego. Read this review

How Dr Murray failed MJ

2011-10-19 10:11

Professor MA Simpson, of Health24 lays out the ways in which Michael Jackson's doctor -who now stands trial for manslaughter - failed the pop star. Read this review

inside channel 24

Now Showing at the Movies

Where is it showing...
OR find out what's on where...

Gossip

 
 
More Gossip
 

This Week's Top Free Song

Swans

Tribe After Tribe

Power
Download Now » One of SA’s finest 80s rock bands fronted by guitarist Robbi Robb (ex-Asylum Kids), here with a track off their new-wave-influenced debut album Power.
 
Get More Free Music »

Jobs - Find your dream job

INTERNAL AUDITOR

South Africa
City Press
Market Related

Diesel Mechanic

South Africa
Planet 10 Mgt & Consulting
Market Related

Boilermaker

South Africa
Planet 10 Mgt & Consulting
Market Related

Property - Find a new home

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation.Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

24 hour sale- 30% off homeware & appliances

Today only get 30% off selected electric blankets, heaters, kettles, coffee machines & so much more. Offer expires midnight 25 April. While stocks last. Shop now!

DVDs under R100

Catch these epic blockbusters for under R100. Featured titles include, Frozen, Despicable Me2, About Time, The Animal Communicator and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

The Real Meal Revolution

The goal of The Real Meal Revolution is to change your life by teaching you how to take charge of your weight and your health through the way you eat. Order now!

kalahari.com #1 selling product

gobii eReader now only R399. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.