What’s He Building In There? Shame on you, BBC3!!
Despite having a Reading Festival ticket all nice and ready for my personal use, I couldn’t experience it live due to one single sheer stupidity: parental logic – or lack of thereof. However, I did have the pleasure of BBC3-ing the MUSE set, as well as watching countless videos of other bands’ performances…. no, not quite the same as seeing them live. Life sucks.
My initial reaction to BBC3 airing a delayed Muse set: “WHOOOPOWWWW”. After realising that I was only in time to hear Stockholm Syndrome onwards though, my spirits fell a little as it meant that I had missed OOS in its entirety! It was further aggravating that I soon found out that apparently the BBC, being the unseeming corporate monsters who only seem to care about showing the hits of the concert, had omitted 8 songs from Origin Of Symmetry!! 8!?!? THIS was the only reason I was going to watch the coverage on BB3 – as did thousands of others! And yet, the BBC chooses to cut out a major proportion of the otherwise historic set. I am appalled. So I complained.
Dear BBC, You perhaps do not realise the scale of the crime that you have committed by not broadcasting the full concert that Muse played at Reading last night (28.08.11). Thousands of viewers - myself included - were eagerly anticipating a full broadcast of a concert that would go down in the history of the fans as unmissable; those thousands of fans were thus disappointed by your omitting the major part of the set! This pathetic act was then enhanced by a message on Twitter suggesting that the band weren't ready to broadcast the 8 songs from the set that hadn't been played for a number of years/won't be played again for time to come. Surely if the band wasn't ready, they wouldn't have played those songs to thousands of the festival attendees! I am deeply appalled by this, more so: disappointed. This was a performance we all waited for, patiently. I expect BBC3 to present to those thousands of fans a grammatically correct apology, preferably by more reputable means than the likes of Twitter.