Published Feb 16, 2010Those familiar with Toronto electro-clasher Peaches know she has her fair share of dramatic chutzpah. So it shouldn't be too much of a surprise to learn that the singer had arranged a one-woman performance of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar to be performed with piano accompaniment by fellow Canadian Gonzales.
However, the show, which was supposed to run from March 25-27 at Berlin's Hebbel Theatre, has now been cancelled due to the wishes of German rights-holders to Jesus Christ Superstar, who refuse to license the songs to the risqué artists. The disappointed Peaches claims her show was, according to Guardian "crucified before opening night."
In the original press release, the singer called her show a "stripped-down" version of the original music, one she claimed would see Peaches eschew her in-your-face controversy and stage theatrics. "My concerts are extravagant and play with exaggerations[, whereas] this project allows me to do without all this. I want to confront this task totally exposed, because it is a possibility. It's a question of stamina."
Despite this, the German rights-holders were adamant that Peaches' version of the musical was "of no interest to them due to its unconventional form."
While there is still time for settlement, the singer is disappointed she couldn't perform the songs she's been singing since she was a young teen. "I have so much respect for the music and lyrics from the original score and this was my way of honouring that," she says.