Every week on The Incident, I uncover a secret about the musicians you love. It could be a story from the road, a tale from inside the recording studio, or just one of the crazy things that happens to a working musician.
This Week: Montreal’s Rufus Wainwright is well known for being a showman. Over two decades, the heir to the Wainwright/McGarrigle musical dynasty has wowed audiences with elaborate performances that range from Judy Garland tributes, to opera, to strait-ahead pop.
When Rufus was asked to come up with one of his most memorable moments on-stage, he set the scene in Belgium during his Release the Stars tour in 2007. The set-up was simple. During his performance of "Between My Legs," a lucky local fan would get the chance to perform the spoken-word part of the song. For this show, it was a brother and sister duo, the brother being severely physically disabled. Rufus found the performance heart-warming, but the bass player in his band was mortified.
During intermission, Rufus confronted his trusty band-mate to find out what the heck was going on.
To find out what happened next, and learn the performers' suprising secret, listen here.
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on May 28, 2012