Like every other gay in Los Angeles, I attended the Rufus concert at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend along with the boyfriend. For my dollars, Wainwright seemed under prepared vocally and then turned flippant when it didn’t go as planned, which is the antithesis of the way Garland handled seemingly insurmountable obstacles. However, the boyfriend, who’s co-owner of Akbar, which has one of the better-programmed jukeboxes – Spoon, Imperial Teen, Mott The Hoople, etc – and who proclaimed, “I will NEVER put Madonna’s Confessions on the juke box,” has shockingly been converted to “JUDYISM” (his term). Seriously, he’s gone totally gay for Judy. I downloaded Garland’s Carnegie Hall concert following the Rufus show and the man has been listening to it non-stop and talks about it constantly. (It’s rather like the friend who’s always a little behind the technological times and finally buys an iPod and won’t shut up about it.) The boyfriend’s favorite song is “Do It Again,” which is probably one of the sexiest pieces of music ever written. So, guess who’s being added to the jukebox? The poor bartenders are gonna hear “Do It Again” again and again and again and again.
– Ray Cochran