John Legend Does Bad And John Legend Does Good
John Legend broke even this spring.
He did something to forever ruin himself in the eyes of god-fearing music fans. Then he did something to warm the cockles of even the most harden among us.
Optimists will say his good deed avoided disaster. Pessimists will charge that he missed a golden opportunity to sell even more records and attract even move fans to John Legend concerts.
Let’s start with the bad…
John Legend sang at the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West! Oh the horror. Legend crooned his number one smash hit “All of Me.”
The couple in question tied the knot on May 24 at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
West is a musical genius, albeit one that’s difficult to root for, but Kim Kardashian is the apparent epitome of everything that is wrong with today’s celebrity worshiping culture.
The fact that her wedding was news, the fact that we all know she got hitched, might be one of the signs of the apocalypse.
"The wedding was beautiful. I was happy to be there and happy to perform." – John Legend.
You can’t really fault Legend for being there and performing. He and West go all the way back to 2001. West helped Legend get his career going. Furthermore, West has been involved in the making of every one of Legend’s albums (minus the one Legend made with The Roots).
Yes, they’re boys but you know Legend made a lot of statements to the bride and groom that he didn’t really mean but said anyway because he didn’t want to hurt their feelings. You know, he forced himself to say stuff like “You two were made for each other,” “You’re a lucky man, Kanye,” and “Congratulations.”
In a hundred years, when anthropologist, archeologists, and historians document what caused the fall of Western Civilization, and it leads them back to the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, those academics are bound to exclaim: “What in the heck was John Legend doing there?”
Yes, I know Legend is also a musician who married a woman primarily known for her looks. However, Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, is an actual working model. She was even one of those suitcase-holding models on the television show Deal or No Deal.
Being a model is pretty vapid (although it’s nice work if you can get it), but nothing’s more shallow than being famous for no reason. As we all know, Kim Kardashian is the poster woman for being famous for no reason.
That’s why appearing at anything related to Kim Kardashian is not good. Legend’s Kardashian carousing has got to cost him at least a few hundred fans and a few thousands in album sales. Once you get the stench of a Kardashian on you, it’s hard to get it off (just ask Lamar Odom).
Fortunately, John Legend has done something to redeem himself. At the very least, he has erased the bad mojo earned from singing for a Kardashian.
On June 8, Legend and Teigen adopted a dog. Not just any dog, they adopted a three-legged dog, which means the pooch still has more original parts than Kris Jenner.
In a tweet, Teigen called the French Bulldog their new “little tripod love bug” (I call dibs on “Little Tripod Love Bug” for a band name). The dog’s official name is “Penny.”
Why the three legs? Well, Teigen didn’t explain. All she said was the canine’s previous owners were “buttheads” (grown women who use the word “butthead” is a subject for another article).
Penny is the third addition to the Teigen/Legend menagerie. The couple also owns a bulldog named Puddy and French bulldog named Pippa.
Adopting a dog, much less one with three legs, is a great way to earn some serious goodwill. Americans love dogs. Sometimes, I think we love dogs more than we love people.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at Chris Brown and Michael Vick. Who has done better after their respective transgressions, the former against a two-legged creature or the latter against four-legged ones?
Well, Brown has since charted two number one albums. You don’t see many people walking around wearing Michael Vick jerseys.
So all the goodwill Legend receives for saving a puppy is countered by singing at Kim Kardashian’s wedding. Or, the backlash Legend received from his brush with a Kardashian is erased by his adoption of a three-legged hound.
It all depends on how you look at it. The piano man either made amends or blew an opportunity.
Even after all that, Legend does come out of spring a little bit ahead at least in the PR department. The R&B superstar recently teamed with Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) and Hunter Hayes for a performance of “All of Me” at the 2014 CMT Awards.
Hayes was the brains behind the performance. He arranged the song and produced the version Legend and Nettles recorded in the studio. You can download that rendition of “All of Me” from iTunes.
While not as endearing as taking home a dog that’s missing an appendage, performing on a country music award show when you’re a R&B artist will certainly help expand the old fan base.
Not that John Legend is hurting for fans. After all, he’s performing all over North America this summer and then Europe this fall—much like Legend has done in previous summers.
Legend On Tour
Earlier in the year, John Legend tickets were collected at small, intimate venues. These shows featured Legend really letting go and performing unplugged.
Beginning in mid-July, Legend will ramp things up and rock bigger spots like amphitheaters and arenas.
He kicks things off July 17 in Highland, California. After that he has two concerts in Texas including a July 23 performance at the famed Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston.
On Aug. 6 Brooklyn welcomes John Legend to the Barclays Center. On Aug. 9, following a show in Toronto, John Legend will visit Boston and the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.
Legend saves the best venue for last (at least in my opinion). He ends the North American leg of his “#All of Me Tour” on Aug. 26 at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado.
The first of nine shows in Europe begin Oct. 6 in Manchester, England. He’s scheduled to perform in London on Oc. 16 and then he ends his overseas run in Paris on Nov. 3.
Whether you see Legend perform in Atlanta or you’re there when he takes the stage in The City of Lights, try to think of the positive things he’s done in 2014 and not the negative. Don’t let Kim Kardashian ruin John Legend for you.
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