Australian fans were outraged after a Whitney Houston concert in Brisbane in which the diva reportedly took long breaks from the stage, forgot lyrics and brought her brother onstage to hit the high notes.
The 46-year-old diva also drank from a water bottle through a closing performance of “I Will Always Love You” on her Monday night show Down Under, reports Pop Eater.
“She couldn’t entertain a dead rat,” one concertgoer told the press outside the show.
Monday’s performance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre was the first of several Australian stops on Whitney’s comeback “Nothing But Love” tour.
Concert promoter Andrew McManus defended the star against the many ticket purchasers calling for a refund.
“It was not a train wreck,” McManus said of Houston’s performance. “She was hitting most of the notes; yes, her throat was a little croaky. Her health is fine, but she’s also not 22 years of age anymore.”
Onlookers said she seemed disorientated and couldn’t correctly name her backing band, reports Oz’s Daily Telegraph.
“If [fans] expected to hear Whitney of 20 years ago, go buy a CD,” says McManus.