Ya’ll thought I was kidding yesterday when I said the Illuminati was going to get Kristin DuBois after she spilled the beans on Beyonce’s lip-synched Inauguration performance Monday. After the woman who presented herself as a representative of the US Marine Band told Page Six that Bey’s rendition was pre-recorded, the real spokesperson for the band came forward to clean things up just a bit.
According to the Washington Post, “Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said that because there was no opportunity for Beyonce to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill advised. Instead they used a pre-recorded track for the band’s portion of the song.”
“Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance,” Wolf’s statement continued, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.”
I.e., Kristin DuBois next time someone comes up to you with a tape recorder in their hand asking for your opinion be quiet.
Unsurprisingly Queen Bey’s camp hasn’t said a word on this drama, but another Queen — the Queen of Soul — has thrown her two cents into the mix. When asked by ABC how she feels about Beyonce’s lip-syncing fiasco, Aretha Franklin said she thinks the whole situation is comical.
“When I heard the news this evening that [Beyonce] was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather.
“When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record … next time I’ll probably do the same.”
Asked why she didn’t do the same in 2009 when she sang “America,” Aretha said:
“I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind.”
“In 2009, I wanted everything to be live and on the real side for the moment as it actually happened. Those were my feelings for my performance, but having come face to face with 28, 22 degrees I am not surprised [Beyonce] pre-recorded. She wanted her performance to be what she wanted to be and she realized it wasn’t going to be the way she wanted it to be or she was going to be running a risk. That’s probably why she pre-recorded exactly how she wanted it to be heard.”
And there you have it.