Kevin Costner struggles as a singer in a country rock concert – Twin Cities

There is a weird, unwritten rule of pop culture that audiences generally prefer artists to stay in their own way.

If you play soccer, you can’t also play baseball. If you are a singer, you cannot be an actor. And if you’re an actor, you can’t be a singer.

That hasn’t stopped a whole bunch of actors from trying. Baby boomers in particular don’t seem to be afraid to impose their vanity plans on the public, including Russell Crowe, Kevin Bacon, Keanu Reeves, David Duchovny, Jeff Bridges, Hugh Laurie and Bruce Willis.

Yet another singer actor headlined the podium at the Minnesota State Fair Friday night for a show called Music, Movie, and Conversation with Kevin Costner with special guest Modern West.

The night opened with a (long) reel of music video from Costner’s various movie roles, which included lots of badass stuff, explosions, and buzzing monologues. Next, Costner and his band, Modern West, performed an 85-minute set followed by 30-minute Q&A with Costner and a screening of “Field of Dreams”. It drew a crowd of 3,584 people, with the best ticket prices at $ 75.

Modern West turned out to be a pleasant surprise. They were rock solid and performed with professional expertise on par with any number of multi-platinum country acts. (Plus, band member Teddy Morgan is from Minnesota and the only musician on stage Costner has introduced to the crowd.)

Costner, on the other hand, isn’t much of a singer. There were glimmers of promise here and there that hinted that a vocal coach could do wonders. (If he’s professionally trained, that person should find a new line of work.) Most of the time, however, he did a lot of speaking chants that came across as flat and distant, much like his playing. actor. It warmed up a bit at the end, but there were some scary moments, up to and including his attempt to impress Dylan a bit during “Hey Mr. Tambourine Man”.

As for his original songs, oof. Once again, the band played them beautifully, but they came across as knockoffs of the Fifth Row Eagles with lyrics written by a random cliché generator. Indeed, the songs were as banal as their titles: “Long Hot Night”, “Chasing the Wind”, “Alive in the City”, “Long Way from Home” etc.

To his credit, Costner was belittling his musical fame. He began by thanking the women in the audience (who clearly adored him) for persuading their husbands to come. On two occasions he said he was playing a new song but, in reality, everything was a new song for most of the people present.

In the Q&A, Costner shared a few rambling anecdotes about his various films, spoke on several occasions about the deep meanings of his songs, and revealed that he had four or five dream projects, including a “Western Saga.” Indeed, Costner loves to make westerns and “to roll in the mud, to shoot bad guys … the rawer it is, the more I like it”.

He said he was in a band in his twenties but was stung by the reviews he received and stopped playing music. Fifteen years ago, his second wife persuaded him to take it back.

After a puzzling story on the movie “For the Love of the Game”, Costner once again thanked the crowd and said, “See you at the movies!” “

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