The Internet can be hysterical at times. I don't think she was joking either...
And I'm sure Alfie is sad enough to let people down, never mind the barrage of abuse he gets online from people who think performers just call out of shows casually on a whim. So rude.
I’m sure he doesn’t take any joy in it, but the fact is earlier this week he was on a 4-day cruise singing, then booked for a show at RAH with Danielle de Niese on Sunday. I imagine that’s why he’s resting his voice Saturday night. He has a tendency to over-commit and it seems to be due to chasing more lucrative work. There’s no excuse for rudeness towards performers, but when people have spent their own hard-earned cash to see a ‘star’, they’re entitled to feel a bit grumpy if they’ve been jettisoned in favour of another paying audience. It’s not quite the same as illness.
I am not an expert on the singing profession, but I guess that singing on a cruise ship as a mega star is easier and a lot more lucrative than singing a lead role in an opera with the ENO, let alone singing a small role with the Royal Opera. I am not against an artist earning a lot of money (with the exception of K Jenkins, but that's another story).
However, if you a freelancer like myself (and I believe concert artists can be considered freelancers too) it's not professional to schedule yourself in a way you can't be sure of delivering, physically and time-wise. So, agreeing to appear in a Sunday concert, if that's the reason for the last minute cancellaion, fully knowing he has two shows to perform on Saturday could possibly come across as an exapmple of unprofessional decision making.
Money is important for everyone, but not at the cost of professional integrity.
Alfie has been "unable to perform" so many times this run (and always conveniently around his other appearances/announcements) it's starting to look a little suspect, and a tad disrespectful to audiences who booked especially to see him. And not a single word on social media acknowledging it or expressing his regret! Always John announcing it. Though I am very happy for John getting to do more shows (not at the expense of his health of course!) as he deserves this.
Has anyone kept a tally of how many shows each has done?
AB is probably wise not to get into it all on social media though. Announcing you’re not going to be on when you’re scheduled to perform is inviting a backlash unless refunds are to be offered. And responding to the absence-shaming posts is a hiding to nothing too, This is one of the things I hate about twitter. The expectation that everyone is answerable to everyone about everything. I totally understand why the few people who aren’t on it choose that.
I'm not condoning the absence-shaming on social media at all- there must be valid reasons for Alfie to miss those shows- but I'd be more ready to forgive him IF he wasn't tweeting about his Boe/Ball album every other day! If you can peddle your album surely you can notify the fans you're letting down. No grovelling apology needed or expected.
I quite enjoy JOJ's updates, if he's having a blast and wants to share that excitement with his followers, why shouldn't he? It's social media after all, not the White House Press Office.