It's a long-standing truism that rock and classical music don't mix.
Witness Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra or absolutely anything by Rick Wakeman on ice.
An unlikely spat has erupted between the fragrant Kiri Te Kanawa and antipodean Springsteen-alike John Farnham.
Kiri TK has taken to the witness stand in the a lawsuit between her and Aussie promoters Leading Edge over cancelled concerts back in 2005. Strangely, this case is concerned with pants.
Kanawa had been booked to play double headliner concerts with John Farnham but pulled out after watching a DVD of past Farnham gigs.
It seems she was concerned about the habit of Farnham's fans of throwing underwear at the singer.
She told the New South Wales State Supreme Court this week: "I was concerned about the knickers or underpants and underwear apparel being thrown at him and him collecting it and obviously holding it in his hands as some sort of trophy. How could I, in my classical form, perform in this way?"
Leading Edge claims Kanawa was in breach of contract pulling out of the concerts for the reasons she gave and are suing for damages. They also claim they had assured Kanawa that no pants would be thrown during her performance, or when she was on stage with Farnham.
Quite how they planned to police this vow is unclear, but I'm backing Kiri.
Birmingham has been flying the flag for British music in a recent survey by Billboard Magazine.
The weekly American music industry mag has named the city as one of five music hot spots for 2007, alongside Beijing, Berlin, Brisbane and Marseille.
Off the back of this success leading the way for new bands in Birmingham, www.birminghamusic.com gives support to local musicians and bands from across the city, providing a platform to profile and showcase up-and-coming new talent to local, national and international audiences.
The free online service provides artist areas, a radio station and local gig listings for music lovers. It's a one-stop shop for local bands and a thing to treasure.
Check it out at www.birminghamusic.com
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