Rufus, Rufus, Rufus


Duplicating a diva's master performance right down to the venue (and the poster!) may seem like a risky proposition, but I have no doubt Rufus Wainwright can pull it off with his own inimitable style. His June 14th concert at Carnegie Hall of the entire 1961 Judy Garland show (with orchestra) promises to be the gayest event going on this June — and in June there's certainly a lot to compete with.

Rufus is also lending his pipes to a benefit concert to mark the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and will also feature Public Enemy's Chuck D, Devendra Banhart, Peaches, Fischerspooner, Bright Eyes, and Michael Stipe.

He'll sing 'em all and stay all night! [sfgate culture blog]
Rufus Wainwright at Carnegie Hall [tickets]

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  1. As a graphic designer, I would give a thumbs down to the copied poster, but since he's singing the music from her album, I can see why he chose this route. It would have been nice if the new version had a modern spin, rather that just being reworked as a copy.

    Posted by: john | Feb 23, 2006 9:02:57 AM

  2. The original poster is a brilliant, classic, even iconic image and regardless of the song list he's doing, it's an insult to the original designer.

    That qualifies as subjective opinion, of course. More importantly, however many his musical gifts, which I admire, being totally unable to imagine him pulling off the concert itself is more objective fact. Having some success with a laconic rendition of "Over the Rainbow" is one thing, but I'll eat my old LPs [it was a double set] if he can "duplicate" Garland's performance beyond simply singing the same songs in his somnabulistic way. Is his judgment so decayed by all the drugs he used to do that he thinks just singing them in his tiny style in any way justifies the promise of the poster imitation? ANYONE can buy sheet music.

    He has neither the vocal sound nor even the lung power to try it. If he attempts to "belt" just one of her ball-busting renditions of something like "Come Rain or Come Shine," headlines the next day will read "Willowy Queen Literally Explodes on Carnegie Hall Stage." If he does not INTEND to attempt it, then the idea of the concert is misguided at best, and, back to the poster steal, simply arrogant. It's the Bad News Bears attempting to recreate the five best games of the best World Series ever.

    Fourth of July sparklers in one's hand always amuse, but Judy was a sky full of Roman candles. Just say no, Rufus. Just say no.

    Posted by: Leland | Feb 23, 2006 11:30:45 AM

  3. Now that we've heard from the bitter old queens...

    Posted by: 24play | Feb 23, 2006 12:14:58 PM

  4. Leland are you ever positive about anything? You must be a goddamn laugh riot at social funtions.

    Posted by: Donald | Feb 23, 2006 12:21:31 PM

  5. OMG.....that is going to be a great show! I want to go!!!!!

    Posted by: Roy | Feb 23, 2006 12:22:12 PM

  6. Gotta hand it to him- that takes balls. Hell, even Liza in her heyday wouldn't touch Judy's songs.

    Sing em' all, Rufus!

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 23, 2006 12:35:57 PM

  7. I’d rather see the Muppets version of "A Star is Born" – “It is moi, Mrs. Norman Maine!”

    Posted by: Tagg | Feb 23, 2006 1:11:00 PM

  8. Oh. My. God. This is, quite simply, the gayest thing I have ever heard of, and I mean that in the nicest way. It's so outrageously gay I thought at first that it had to be some kind of hoax.

    Still, the thought of Rufus singing "Clang Clang Clang went the trolley" doesn't exactly thrill me.

    Posted by: Don | Feb 23, 2006 1:25:55 PM

  9. too gay for us here at FAGULOUS!

    Posted by: m | Feb 23, 2006 2:17:46 PM

  10. Vaguely fabulous idea but I`m afraid I don`t worship at the church of Rufus Wainwright either... now if George Michael did it... yeah, right.

    Posted by: Peter Rivendell | Feb 23, 2006 3:17:43 PM

  11. George Michael = bleech

    Posted by: Donald | Feb 23, 2006 3:33:22 PM

  12. I love Rufus, and it sounds extraordinarily camp.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 23, 2006 3:55:41 PM

  13. Rufus?
    I wd have preferred another one of his tunes on the BBM soundtrack.

    He's bn exTREMEly positive about BBM.

    Positive? Negative?
    Uh, this is a blog, right?

    Posted by: Gilli | Feb 23, 2006 6:41:33 PM

  14. hopefully he'll blow his nose or have his adenoids removed or whatever he needs to do to get rid of that nasally whine of his before attempting to sing these songs.
    "world's greatest entertainer" ?? hardly.
    it may have sounded like a fun gay idea for one tweaked minute, but he ought to seriously re-think this one.

    Posted by: el polacko | Feb 23, 2006 6:42:14 PM

  15. oooh... i can't wait for clay aiken to do his version of the '68 elvis comeback concert.

    and while we're at it someone find out if hanson, backstreet boys, and the last 5 guys kicked off american idol are available to remake the last waltz.

    robbie williams is probably googling every possible comback concert he can think of.

    oh and hey...didn't jim bailey spend his life already doing this??


    Posted by: basis4insanity | Feb 24, 2006 9:12:24 PM

  16. To paraphrase Ms Addison DeWitt's line to Eve Harrington: "Mr Wainwright, you're not tall enough for that gesture"

    Posted by: bradleyla | Jun 12, 2006 1:27:58 PM

  17. Check out Judy Garland's new memoir "Heartbreaker" at http://www.judygarlandheartbreaker

    Posted by: judy | Jul 28, 2006 5:53:55 PM

  18. Sorry... the url got cut off. You can read about the new memoir and listen to never-before released songs at

    Posted by: Judy | Jul 31, 2006 3:39:09 PM

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