Luxembourg’s live music scene has been hit hard by the pandemic and fans are chomping at the bit to get back into sweaty halls once more, perhaps none more than Chad Whispersnout.
For Whispersnout, the music is a secondary concern, however. Indeed, for the brash American expat, concerts are merely a place where he can lean on a bar and speak out freely on the travails of his working day.
Chad is all too aware that those who attend shows to enjoy the music don’t take too kindly to his presence, but, he says “there are dozens of places where they can go and listen to live music.”
Whispersnout especially likes to raise his voice during the quiet and emotional moments in an acoustic singer-songwriter’s set and loves nothing more than swatting away derisory snorts and scoffs flung his way as he bleats on about spreadsheets and conference calls.
Whispersnout even argues that music fans would be better served staying at home and “playing their CD really loud,” if they prefer to mute his “human right of verbal expression.”
“I’ve paid upward of 35 euros for my ticket, just like everyone else. So what if I only know the one song Eldoradio has played for the last seven months? What I do with my time is my business.”
Concert booker Yves Vinylsniffer is supportive of Whispersnout’s stance. “Rude talkers are a part of a true concert experience,” the demure Francophone suggests. “If you’ve not been irritated by someone talking too loudly at a show, then how good was the performance, truly?”
Contributed by Lowell Stepopoulos