Little Richard asked that question on an average of every 117 seconds during the course of his "show" the other night. I have to say I wasn't expecting much,but he gave even less than that. Josh said they paid him like $50,000 to play.
Whatwas reinforced to me is that he's a 75-year-old eccentric whose primary concerns seem to be:
1) His glitter boots, from which KISS stole their look.
2) His songs, which were all stolen by other people. Apparently the fact that these were used without his permission entitled him not to play them. I'll bet Pat Boone would sing "Tutti Frutti" if he played a big show like that....
3) His sciatica.
4) Whether or not he was "pretty".
5) That his son's bass playing be shown to the world...so that the world may know that he plays lightning-quick riffs that bear more than a passing resemblance to the "Seinfeld" theme.
6) If people were video-taping him, because they so often end up on "You-Tube" without his permission. Apparently he lost thousands of dollars over the years from unauthorized videos, which is a sad thing. And of course that must be why he has to make up for it by earning $50,000.00 a pop, sitting in front of a piano and bitching about it in front of thousands of college kids, gleaming floodlights upon his besequined, oddly corpselike countenance.
7) The shiny grand piano in the middle of the stage piano wasn't to his liking, so he asked for another one and ended up on a wee electric piano. Hmm.
Now don't get me wrong, I love to hear me some Little Richard. I'm just going to make sure I never have to see him "in concert" again.
Poor guy--I sure hope the hoardes of $50,000.00 performance engagements make up for some of the pain he suffered while Pat Boone sang "Tutti Frutti."