Whitney Houston's 'croaky' and 'disorientated' performance disappoints fans Down Under
The American star struggled through the opening night of her first Australian tour since 1988, and was left breathless and exhausted after just two songs at her show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, it was claimed. And even more bizarrely, the 46-year-old took a 20 minute break to catch her breath mid-way through the show.
The band and backing singers then performed an energetic version of one of her biggest hits, Queen of the Night, from The Bodyguard soundtrack. One fan interviewed on Australian TV after the show said: 'It was a disgrace. 'She can't sing. She didn't sing one song properly. 'She was disorientated and she needed a 20-minute break. It was the first concert I have walked out of in my life.'
Another fan said: 'She couldn't entertain a dead rat, to be honest.'
Other fans took to Facebook and Twitter to complain about the 'croaky' quality of her voice. ' 'We just got back from Whitney Houston concert in Brizzy and I feel so sorry for her. She sounded croaky,' fan Rick Crystal said on Facebook.
Some fans said they would be demanding their money back.
'The multi-award winning singer appeared disoriented and failed to properly name some of her backing band as she introduced them to the audience, ' wrote the Australian Associated Press's music reviewer. 'But the final act faltered at the finale when she croaked her way through I Will Always Love You, pausing to get a drink and towel herself down just as she was about to hit the song's epic high note, which she turned into a soft coo,' he added.
Meanwhile the singer's spokesman Andrew McManus said Whitney was 'surprised' by the negativity and rejected rumours the 46-year-old was ill after the performance. 'It was not a train wreck,' McManus said. 'She was hitting most of the notes, yes her throat was a little croaky. 'Her health is fine but she's also not 22 years of age anymore.' The Australian concerts are part of her comeback 'Nothing But Love' tour which kicked off at the end of last year.
Editor: Oh dear - that doesn't sounds too good.....