Monday, May 14, 2007

Eartha Kitt: ‘Technology Is More Important Than Talent’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – They say video killed the radio star, but actress Earth Kitt thinks technology is killing live music concerts.

Kitt – best known for her role as the sassy 1960’s Catwoman on television’s Batman – says technology in the music industry is taking over and “becoming more important than the actual artists.”

Case in point: Kitt says if you go to a big arena concert nowadays, you’re probably so focused on the “lights, flashes, and theatrics of the concert” that you overlook the music.

Says the 80-year-old Kitt: “At concerts, I have no idea who the hell is singing what. All I know is that there’s fireworks overhead and 60,000 people crammed into the arena. It’s just not enjoyable anymore.”

Kitt, whose entertainment career has spanned more than 60 years, believes the rise of special effects in concerts is ruining the “intimacy and salsa shows once had.”

Kitt just wrapped up her latest concert tour in London, where she didn’t need pyrotechnics to impress audiences, and performed in smaller venues to get “more personal” with fans.

She adds, “Value should be in a performer’s talent, not in their tricks and money put into a flashy concert.”

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