A classic week for Alfie Boe fans – the release of Classic Quadrophenia on Monday (Tuesday in the US), lots of reviews and articles online and a healthy dollop of controversy to finish it off! On top of all that, we have the first dates on his mini UK summer tour to look forward to next week. Oh, and a new poll to find the fans favourite Alfie Boe Tour – keep voting!
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this week you’ll know that Classic Quadrophenia is not eligible for the official UK classical charts (although it is riding high in the amazon chart). This doesn’t seem to have hindered sales so far as the official mid week album chart listed CQ at number 23. Additionally, the album will be eligible for the US billboard classical chart. Pete Townshend, Alfie and the conductor Robert Ziegler have been very vocal in their indignation about this apparent unfairness and Alfie in particular tweeted this:
Please would you all get behind this campaign and RT to make a change and support our view on Classic Quadrophenia? #WhatQuadifiesClassical
There are reasons for the position of the Official Chart Company (click here) but needless to say most fans don’t agree with them. Will there be a change in the rules? Unlikely I would say but you never know! Besides, with my devil’s advocate blogging head on, it’s all fabulous publicity!
Somewhat lost amongst all the controversy was a lovely interview with Alfie in which he adds to the comments he made in his recent interview with thoughtsofjustafan that singing the role of Jimmy was “trickier than opera”. In that interview he alluded to the emotional intensity that made it harder but in the Sinfini interview (click here) he goes on to talk about the stamina needed for his voice as the role requires him to sing a lot of notes at the top of his range. All this controversy about the UK classical charts must be really fuelling Alfie’s preparation for the frustrations of his character, Jimmy!
We also found a new side to Alfie as a tour guide to Sun Valley, Idaho, in an article in the Telegraph Travel section. Apparently there are mountain lions and bears but that shouldn’t worry Alfie since he has a copy of The Worst Case Scenario Handbook which details what to do when unexpectedly meeting such creatures – check his instagram for photos!
Lastly, Alfie is scheduled to appear on ITV’s Loose Women next Wednesday 17 June at 12.30pm.
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