Roger Taylor contra el crítico James Henke acerca de la visita a la Argentina de Queen en el ’81

Hola queridos! Como andan! Hoy vamos a contar una historia que ocurrió entre una persona que hace música y otra que opina sobre ella.

James Henke, crítico de la RollingStone

En la sección de correo de la revista RollingStone, dónde distintos lectores pueden enviar sus dudas, críticas y sugerencias, apareció la carta de alguien en particular. Ese alguién es Roger Taylor y se vé que en un vuelo a quién sabe dónde le agarraron ganas de leer. ¿Qué agarró? Un whisky, sí. Y ¿Qué otra cosa? El seno de alguna azafata, pero… ¿qué agarró para leer? La edición de RollingStone con la crónica de su visita en Sudamérica, más precisamente a Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Aquí les mostramos algunas de las afirmaciones de James Henke, este renombrado crítico, en su estadía en el país de la buena carne.

(…) Ya era la tarde del segundo día y ninguno de los periodistas había entrado en contacto con ningún miembro de la banda. Matábamos el tiempo en el bar del hotel, pero en este país con una inflación anual del ciento por ciento, una botella de cerveza cuesta el equivalente a 12 dólares, cosa que nos mantenía sobrios muy a nuestro pesar. Finalmente, Jim Beach, el asesor financiero de Queen, permite que algunos vayamos a ver la prueba de sonido en Vélez Sársfield.

Cuando llego al estadio, veo que los argentinos tienen una concepción más bien ingeniosa de cómo controlar multitudes: una fosa de dos metros de ancho y medio de profundidad bordea el perímetro del campo, llena de agua podrida y libélulas alrededor. Queen trajo su propio césped artificial para que los organizadores permitan público en el campo.

Roger Taylor transvestidoSobre el escenario, Queen (…) está ensayando “Rock It (Prime Jive)”, un tema de The Game. Y suena terrible. En este estadio, la acústica es horrible: hay un delay de treinta segundos a medida que la música se aleja del escenario y rebota en el tablero electrónico. El sonido de la banda tampoco suena inspirado. La sección rítmica, desprolija y perezosa; la guitarra de May se limita a tocar clichés de hard rock / heavy metal y sus patentados –aunque ya aburridos– solos armónicos; la voz de Mercury suena displicente y sin convicción.

“Son peores que una banda de cuarta de un bar de Nueva Jersey”, me comenta otro periodista y, en efecto, me quedo medio perplejo pensando por qué son tan populares.

Cuando vuelvo esa misma noche a Vélez para el show, el estadio está lleno de chicos… y de policías. Son tipos duros y malhumorados, no como los boy scouts que vi en el aeropuerto. Y rápidamente nos damos cuenta de que éstos van en serio. En cuanto un periodista norteamericano les saca una foto a los veintitantos policías de bastón que rodean la entrada al backstage, es empujado contra un Falcon oficial y amenazado a punta de cuchillo con cortarle un dedo, hasta que entrega el negativo. “No problem.” Sí, seguro.

“Un supergrupo, un numero 1”, anuncia el presentador mientras bajan las luces y Queen aparece en el escenario con una explosión de humo y su himno “We Will Rock You”. Vestido con una musculosa blanca de Superman, pantalones de vinilo rojo y negra campera también de vinilo, Mercury deja de cantar por momentos y desafía al público a que sigan ellos. Y ellos siguen: los fans parecen saberse todas las letras a lo largo de un show de 110 minutos, un show impresionante aunque más no sea por la cantidad de hits que es capaz de tirar la banda, como “Keep Yourself Alive”, “Killer Queen”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Fat Bottomed Girls” y “Bicycle Race”.

Aunque la química entre banda y público es notable, la gente responde con una devoción tan absoluta que me da la impresión de que si Freddie Mercury les dijera que se afeiten la cabeza, lo harían.

Musicalmente siguen sonando prosaicos, pero lo que les falta de habilidad lo compensan –al menos para los fans– con escena.

Para los bises, repiten “We Will Rock You” y luego tocan “We Are the Champions”. Vistiendo ahora apenas unos shorts de cuero negro muy cortos y una gorra de policía al tono, Mercury se mueve por el escenario como un híbrido entre Robert Plant y Peter Allen, y en medio del clímax patea un parlante para luego darle con el micrófono. Algo bastante ridículo hoy en día, pero a los chicos les encanta.

James Henke para la RollingStone el 11 de junio de 1981

Hasta aquí la opinión del Sr. Henke… Roger termina de leer esto y un poco aturdido, se toma un vaso de whisky, vuelve a tocarle un seno a la azafata y le pide lapicera… entonces agarra una de esas bolsitas para mareos que hay en los aviones y se aventura a escribir una carta que finalmente iba a ser publicada… esta decía así…

rolling1Atónito, conmocionado, sorprendido y dormido luego de la concienzuda lectura de su “profunda” historia de Queen en Sudamérica (“Queen es el centro de atención en Sudamérica”, RS 345). Yo soy miembro de dicho grupo y estoy extremadamente orgulloso de su música (no toda) y de sus logros. Ya ni siquiera le escribo a mi mamá, puesto que la palabra escrita parece tener menos valor en estos días del teléfono y publicaciones como la suya y el National Enquirer.

La peculiar actitud de ustedes, de un setentismo pervertido, unida con una innata incomprensión congénita del rock & roll continúa fascinando y molestando.
Gracias, oh gracias, por el sesgo pseudopolítico y la deshonestidad personal que siguen traficando en su anticuada, obstinada y rústica revistita.

¡Gracias además por la elegante evaluación musical de mi grupo, desde nuestra prueba de sonido!
Maduren. Ustedes inventaron que hay resentimiento. Les tengo lástima. Dan asco. Son aburridos y tratan de contaminarnos. Espero su encantadora crítica de mi actual álbum dentro de unos 8 meses.

Roger Taylor
Londres, Inglaterra

Una vez más el mundo Queen choca contra esta revista y así termina el post de la fecha.

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