So You Say You Want a RevolutionRobert "Piano Bob" Azzarito is a retired schoolteacher, lifelong rock & roll fan and passionate peacenik; even though he looks a little like a hippie Hitler in his red shirt and black armband, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. So at the risk of sounding like "the Man," I was disappointed that his cabaret/TED Talk on '60s protest music and modern-day politics didn't have more intellectual depth or entertainment value. Bob's presentation shifts between a rambling PowerPoint lecture on welfare statistics and education reform and a lounge act covering several of John Lennon's later, lesser-known works, like "Working Class Hero" and "Gimme Some Truth," with the occasional jarring jump to Stevie Wonder or Supertramp.
pianobob - Deltona, FL
7 DATES THROUGH MAY 29, 2016
Length: 50 Min
Rating: 13 & Up – Some Language, Mature Themes Such As War
As a musician, Azzarito has a jaunty touch on the keyboard, but his pipes are passable at best and pitchy at worst. As a peace evangelist, I admire his heartfelt enthusiasm (and personally agree with many of his opinions) but am pained to admit that his symposium deals almost solely in substance-free clichés. By the end, Lennon's lyrics are reduced to feel-good aphorisms on an inspirational cat poster; when the tent-revival ending arrived, I wondered aloud if we could please just have our revolution without audience participation. Ultimately, this presentation (it's a stretch to call it a show) reminded me of certain populist candidates currently running for president: full of sound and fury over our failings, but offering nothing but hollow platitudes in place of practical solutions.