Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celtic Thunder (From Down Under)

I'm home sick from work tonight and Celtic Thunder is on PBS. I have a thing for anything Irish and some of their songs are really great, so I was totally excited to see this show was on. Sigh. The appeal has kind of been ruined for me now. Here are my reasons:
  • If you are going to choose to perform in kilts, you have to understand that anyone watching is not going to be focused on your music, but rather on what you do or do not have on underneath the kilt.
  • The audience was full of shrieking middle-aged women, along with an occasional grouping of men that I'm guessing were gay. Actually, come to think of it, it reminded me of a Cher concert, but with much less glitter and skimpy ensembles.
  • One of the guys has a ginormous cold sore on his lip and all I can think when I see him is HERPES! HERPES! YOU HAVE HERPES ON YOUR LIP!!! Please consider taking some of your (apparently quite large) budget for hair products and invest in some Abreva and/or quality stage make-up.
  • It's pledge drive time again at PBS and I feel very strongly that every time they say "If you would like PBS to continue to offer quality programming like Celtic Thunder . . ." everyone should have to shout "From down under" and take a drink. Not that I drink. But still, it would be an awesome drinking game.
  • If your only choreography is marching in place, along with an occasional fist pump when you sing something particularly pro-Ireland, then you might want to consider just not doing it at all. But still wear the kilts, though. Always wear the kilts.
****UPDATE****
They just did some other dance moves that caused two things to happen: 1. there was much shrieking and hands-in-the-air clapping from the audience and 2. one of the guys (the one with the long, luscious locks, I think) appears to be wearing brown shoes with gray pants. I'm simply stating a fact, not passing judgment. Well no, actually I am in my mind, but you can't hear it, so it doesn't count.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL, I just saw it tonight and had to do a google search to see if anyone else thought herpes. I liked your synopsis. Thanks, Kim.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog searching for Celtic thunder herpes also lmao!

Anonymous said...

It seems like the search "Celtic Thunder herpes" is getting you a lot of hits, it is how I found your blog also!

Anonymous said...

Celtic thunder herpes brought me here too.

Kim said...

O.k., I think this is officially my most popular blog post ever. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who was distracted by the cold sore!

Anonymous said...

Over a year later... and searching Celtic Thunder herpes got me here too. I think the herpes are even bigger this year, it is practically bleeding.

Anonymous said...

kim you are a riotous tart. Too funny. i march in place and fist (in pants) to your wit.

Kim said...

Congratulations, you are my new favorite person!

Anonymous said...

These guys can sing (with the support of auto-tune and lypsynching). They can walk down stairs. But wait ... they can also walk from one side of the stage to the other!

It gets better. They can walk UP the stairs. Wow. And then, wonder of wonders, they walk and sing at the same time. As the grand climax of the show, although it may seem impossible, they all walk down the stairs, and sing ... at the same time! With autotune, no less. An amazing display of talent. How do they manage it?

They have one of each age, perhaps intended to appeal to women and girls of all ages, but as it turns out, they all appeal equally to 45-60 year old women and 20-40 year old gay men. Except Chirpy O'Herpes. The gay men are not impressed with his revolting lip sore.

Canary44 said...

I, too, found you after looking for Celtic Thunder herpes. Here we are 2 years later and he still has the confounded thing!! Maybe now it is just a scar--no herpes could last that long!

Thomas Hogglestock said...

Five years after your original post, I too got to your blog after Googling Celtic Thunder herpes.

Herpes aside, they really are terrible. I loved the description of their ability to walk from one part of the stage to another.

Kim said...

Herpes truly are the gift that keeps on giving! It makes me exceedingly happy that people are still commenting on this post years later.