I didn't call anyone a jerk-WE loved the concert too, nothing could change that-I just wish that depression and bipolar illness could be treated with the same empathy as other conditions and not a source of ridicule-because he is certainly a sensitive person, and one who champions human rights causes ( like the Amnesty International table in the Beacon lobby), so a person in his position can educate people, shine light on a subject, not perpetuate darkness.....
He was introducing a breakup song, and was really snide about saying "That woman was BIPOLAR! and she must've been off her meds!" then he says he put her on the train "and saw her little bipolar face" looking out the window of the train! My husband who was with me at the show (also, a long time fan) is a psychiatrist, and was just cringing at the ignorance perpetuated by someone who we think of as such a sensitive person and definitely NOT UNKIND-but he would never have said laughing" I saw her cancer ravaged face in the window" or made fun of any other serious illness, so why bipolar??????????? especially as a musician, he has to have been touched by losing creative vibrant friends/peers to untreated substance and mood disorders.
thanks for you response regarding the bipolar comments-I agree the rest of the show was amazing!
Tom-the Saturday night show at the Beacon was amazing- but the bipolar comments and subsequent jokes were mean spirited and uncharacteristic-my husband and I really love your music (drove 400 miles for the show)-he is a psychiatrist and has been treating people suffering from depression and other illnesses including bipolar for over 20 years. You have surely been close to people who have also suffered from substance abuse, which is often a result of untreated depression. Suicide is never funny.I do not think you would ridicule people suffering from cancer or other chronic illnesses-so the laughter from the audience at your bipolar story was uncomfortable and painful-many in the audience who truly love and respect you know someone in their lives who suffers from this. You are a great storyteller,the anecdote and song could have been amusing without the wisecracking about the girl's little bipolar face. Please consider this! Otherwise, we loved the show and so happy to see you sharing so much music that has meant a lot to you, and hope you will come back to the Beacon again!
I hope he will play Down South on 5/25, it is one of his greatest songs, and my favorite!Write a comment here (no HTML please)