Funny, but I don’t ever remember putting “seeing a Terry Buchwald show” on my personal list of must-do Buffalo things. Regardless, Amanda and I had the, um, pleasure last night at a benefit for Variety Club organized by one of her coworkers. Don’t get me wrong, the benefit was great – well organized, well attended, and we even won a Chef’s gift basket. It’s just that the performance itself just oozed cheese all over the place.
I don’t think it was the four or five person tech crew with matching “TCB Crew” jerseys, the choreographed dance moves by overzealous fans, or even the fact that his mom still comes to all his shows that turned me off. What really did it was the completely canned karaoke CD background music he was using. For a guy who has travels the world doing this he really, really needs a live band. At a minimum, he needs to get a studio band to do some “original” background music, because the cheesy synth-laden stuff he had behind him was nearly unbearable. And this comes from someone who plays keyboards.
Now, I’m certainly not a big Elvis fan, and I’m not even sure if I’ve come to terms with the whole tribute band/performer thing. To be fair, Terry has a pretty good voice when he’s singing the Elvis stuff – the other styles… not as much. He’s also certainly made a big name for himself and is running a pretty successful business doing what he does. Kudos to him for that. All I’m saying is that my life would have been complete had I never encountered an Elvis tribute performance – even if it was a good one, and even if it was by a Buffalo boy who made it big doing it.
P.S. I can forgive doing the Electric Slide to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” but who the hell slow dances to “In the Ghetto”? Nothing says “I love you” like, “As a crowd gathers round an angry young man, face down on the street with a gun in his hand… in the ghetto.” Seriously.