Mineiro subjects defend the King’s ‘pistol mode’, who arrives today in BH – Cultura

Tickets for today’s presentation sold out quickly, and the King opened an extra session tomorrow, also at Expominas. Above, Roberto Carlos during a show at Mineirinho, in 2018 (photo: Ramon Lisbon/EM/DAPress)

Roberto Carlos plays two shows in Belo Horizonte, this Friday (23/9) and tomorrow – extra date open after tickets sell out quickly – at Expominas. Usually, the public knows what to expect from a performance by the King, and the expectation is fully satisfied. An episode that took place in July of this year, however, showed that the rule on the predictability of Roberto Carlos’ shows, like all others, is an exception.

It was in Rio de Janeiro that the singer-songwriter lost his temper and, annoyed, told a fan who was in the audience, very close to the stage, to shut up. Amateur video of the scene, which reverberates to this day, went viral.

During the performance of the song “How great is my love for you”, the inconvenient fan yells, calling Roberto’s attention: “My mother is here, look”. The singer takes advantage of a pause in the melody, turns his face away from the microphone and, addressing someone who is very close, gives the whistle.

The singer’s publicist said he was “totally unfocused” after dozens of unsuspecting fans scrambled out of their chairs and gathered around the stage – before what would have been the proper moment, as per the usual script – screaming as he sang. “You can see that there is talk, a guy says something, and he’s trying to sing, but he can’t, because the guy is getting in the way”, said the aide at the time.

In another video that went viral, it is possible to see Roberto, already in the closing act of the presentation, distributing the flowers with a serious expression, without kissing them before launching them to the public, as has always been the custom. Having suppressed this gesture, however, is less related to his irritation at the moment than to the fact that he contracted COVID-19 in June.

At the opening of the show season, in São Paulo, on July 27, he recalled what had happened, explained it to the audience and asked fans not to be shy when the moment comes when he distributes roses.

”You’re there singing, living the music, and there’s a guy who is right in front of you screaming, taking your attention, you can’t. It happened to me and I had to be very patient. Roberto, almost 82 years old, no longer has the patience he once had. He was really irritated. Artist is also people, also freak out”

Wilmar Braga, cover by Roberto Carlos

“Not Juma”

“What I said (in Rio de Janeiro) was not for the audience. It was for a guy who was saying all the time he wanted a rose. Then I got angry, and when I get ‘reiva’, not even Juma can hold it”, he joked, imitating the way the character of the soap opera “Pantanal” (Globo) expresses herself.

Roberto Carlos also stressed out at a show approximately a week after the one in which he told the fan to shut up. This time, the reason for his displeasure wasn’t one person, specifically, but the crowd of fans at the edge of the stage to win roses. “After what happened last week, for those who come to pick up the roses, expect to finish ‘Jesus Cristo’ (the last song in the repertoire). It’s just that, otherwise, I might get nervous”, he warned the São Paulo audience, in a jocular tone.

This Roberto Carlos “pistol mode” surprised because it was unknown to the public, but after the episode was clarified, fans, at least in BH, consider that it was an isolated event, that there was no sudden change of mood and that the Rei arrives for the two presentations at Expominas courteous and kind as usual.

captivating figure

A fan of the singer-songwriter since the time of Jovem Guarda, housewife Maria Marta Júnior Rosa, 67, came from Piumhí, in the Midwest Region of Minas Gerais, especially to attend tonight’s performance. She doesn’t believe she’ll see a cranky performer on stage, but rather the captivating figure, the flower-swinging romantic singer, whom she’s been following since the beginning of her career.

“I’ve been in love with Roberto Carlos since I was 17. I have the impression that he must be a very good person. I don’t know anything about him, other than as an artist, but he conveys that feeling of kindness in a very sincere way,” she says. About the episode in Rio de Janeiro, she puts the imbroglio on account of the audience’s lack of education.

“I thought it was normal that he would yell at someone to shut up, because he wasn’t letting him sing. The person gets serious. Being a fan means admiring and respecting him, understanding that he can’t go around giving flowers to everyone, holding everyone’s hand”, he says.

”I thought it was normal that he would have yelled at someone to shut up, because he wasn’t letting him sing. The person gets serious. Being a fan is admiring and respecting, understanding that he can’t go around giving flowers to everyone, holding everyone’s hand”

Maria Marta Júnior Rosa, fan of Roberto Carlos

no patience

One of the most sought-after Roberto Carlos cover artists in Belo Horizonte, Wilmar Braga also absolves the King of guilt for his intemperance.

“You’re there singing, living the music, and there’s a guy right in front of you screaming, taking your attention, you can’t. It happened to me and I had to be very patient. Roberto, almost 82 years old, no longer has the patience he once had. He was really irritated. Artists are also people, they also freak out”, he says.

Wilmar says that he was present in the audience in Rio de Janeiro and that, before the “shut up”, he saw Roberto make a gesture with his hand, asking the fan to stop screaming. He also says he remembers another episode where the King lost his composure.

“It was at a show in Recife. The women who were near the stage pulled on his leg. If it hadn’t been for two security guards, he’d have fallen into the crowd. He got pissed. He threw the roses in the air and left the stage,” he recalls.

Born in 1968 and a subject of the King since he was 9 years old, Wilmar says he has eight CDs and two DVDs recorded and that, in his career as a cover artist, he has sung with Jair Rodrigues, Jerry Adriani and Erasmo Carlos.

“People have always said that I sing a lot like Roberto. I was letting my hair grow, invitations started to appear for me to perform as a cover, so I thought about getting a haircut like his and investing in it professionally. I have a concert schedule until April next year,” he says.

Cover of the King, Wilmar Braga says he saw Roberto leave the stage, in Recife, after fans pulled his leg (photo: Marcos Vieira/EM/DA Press)

inconvenient people

Another prominent cover artist in town, Carlos Roberto also understands the King’s reaction to the clueless fan as natural and perfectly understandable.

“People are sometimes very inconvenient. Only those on stage know. I even felt like cursing people who were interfering with my presentation. I thought it was more fun what he did. Roberto is a gentleman, that’s not like him, but it’s normal to lose his temper from time to time”, he opines.

Carlos has been dedicated to the work of the King for 35 years, and his passion for the idol dates back to the age of 13. “I was always a fan, but I sang everything at night, until a friend called my attention to the fact that my timbre was very similar to that of Roberto Carlos.”

He comments that, in the 1990s, he recorded an album with 16 songs by the King, as promotional material, and that, since then, he has dedicated himself exclusively to the work of the author of “Detalhes” and “Emoções”.

“I do cover songs, always in character. I play shows every week, at birthdays, parties, corporate events and the like. We have to be careful, because even in this cover business there is the original and the Paraguayan”, he says.

”People are sometimes very inconvenient. Only those on stage know. I even felt like cursing people who were interfering with my presentation. I thought it was more fun what he did. Roberto is a gentleman, that’s not like him, but it’s normal to lose his temper from time to time”

Carlos Roberto, cover by Roberto Carlos

known songs

If Roberto Carlos’ two concerts in Belo Horizonte go off without incident, the public will hear a repertoire that privileges the best-known songs. At the premiere of the Rio season, on July 9, the singer was anchored in tradition, but made room for some surprises both in the repertoire and in the technical part.

The flagships were kept. After the instrumental opening, the singer was announced to the first chords of “Emoções”. The musical script followed with “Como vai você”, by Antônio Marcos, recorded by Roberto in the early 1970s. Songs such as “Detalhes” and “Outra vez” (composed by Isolda) were also present in the repertoire.

He included in the script songs that are not always included in his shows, such as “Sua stupidez” and “Wounded Beast”. Roberto showed himself in full vocal and physical shape. The artist remained standing during most of the performance, sitting down only to sing “Details” – which is already one of his hallmarks.

“Small woman”, “It is necessary to know how to live” and “Jesus Christ” are other themes that he revisits on his current tour and that the BH audience will most likely be able to check out today and tomorrow.

series shows

Roberto started the year in full swing, with a tour of the USA, which went through 12 cities and gathered an audience of around 100 thousand people. At the beginning of June, he was in Bahia, during Valentine’s week, with the Projeto Emoções Praia do Forte.

The other shows scheduled for that month had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 he contracted. Already recovered, he made, from the beginning of July, the presentations in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In August, he went on a short tour of Mexico. Since his return to Brazil, he has performed in Ribeirão Preto and Goiânia.

Roberto Carlos released in 2018 his latest album, “Amor sin límite”, with unreleased songs in Spanish, and, more recently, he recorded the duet “A cor do amor”, with Liah Soares, and a new version of “Outra vez” – both were part of the soundtrack of the soap opera “Um Lugar ao Sol” and are available on all digital platforms.

ROBERTO CARLOS

Shows this Friday (23/9), with sold-out tickets, and Saturday (24/9), at 8:30 pm (gates will open at 6:30 pm), at Expominas (Av. Amazonas, 6.200, Gameleira). Tickets: Blue Sector, R$ 780 + fees and R$ 390 + fees (half); Yellow sector, R$ 460 + fees, R$ 230 + fees, on sale on the Eventim website.


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