Step aside, Fergie. We’ve got a new contender for Worst In-Game Entertainment.
At halftime of Thursday night’s Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, the “Australian Bee Gees,” a Bee Gees tribute band, stepped to center court. (For those under, like, 45: the Bee Gees were a disco-era staple. You’ve heard their music any time a lazy director wants to set the mood for a movie set in the 1970s.)
With a tribute band, you’re already working at one step removed from the original musicians, and with the constraints set by a halftime show, you can’t exactly ease into your show. You’ve got to come out strong, and, well … that didn’t happen. Here, take a listen for yourself:
— number 7 (@brame_7) March 9, 2018
Yeah, look … we’re sure the lads in Australian Bee Gees are wonderful blokes, but that sounds like someone trying to fake their way through karaoke’ing a song they’ve never heard before. That performance was, shall we say, a tragedy.
I’m not sure if there is video being taken of the halftime show right now at Pac-12, but it genuinely is the worst halftime show in the history of halftime shows. I know I am prone to purposeful exaggeration, but this is legitimately the worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 9, 2018
Now, in truth, the ABGs apparently have a pretty solid pedigree, with a residency at Excalibur in Vegas, according to their Instagram page. So what went wrong?
According to local media, there were sound issues at the arena, and Pac-12 officials offered up a unique solution:
The Pac-12 Tournament emcee just said they made a mistake with the Australian Bee Gees' audio during the halftime show, so they're giving away free tickets so fans can experience "how they really sound."
— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) March 9, 2018
Here’s hoping that this performance doesn’t sink the ABGs. Everyone deserves a second shot at stayin’ alive. (Sorry.)
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