Dear Whitney Houston:
I hope life treats you kind. Kinder than some of the fans at your recent show in London. That doesn’t seem likely as long as you keep singing.
The diva croaked through another show on what is becoming a disastrous tour with booing (and sometimes departing) fans reacting to her shambles of a voice. After her froggy performance at London’s O2 Arena, she apologized and blamed the air conditioning.
“Sometimes the old girl sings, but not tonight,” Houston told the crowd, according to a news report in the Guardian. “I want to do it, but she doesn’t want to … She’s getting a little temperamental.”
The troubled performance has, of course, been well documented on YouTube (although some fans have posted comments suggesting security guards have tried to stop people from making recordings during concerts – good luck with that).
Here’s our favorite video of the London performance - make that attempt - at her famous “I Will Always Love You.”
Houston, winded and wheezy, takes a lengthy time-out during the middle of the song, and whoever made this recording cheers encouragingly, “Come on…come on…hit it…yes!”
The independent filmmaker quickly turns on her, moaning “Oh God, that’s awful!” as Houston screeches out the final notes of the ballad.