That's when good friends become good neighbours: André Rieu (2)
Rieu performed to a crowd of 38,605 on Saturday night -- a record for the violinist and more than double the number present at his first concert.
80 people were treated by paramedics for chest pains and injuries sustained while dancin' in the aisles.
Rieu has also set a new record in the Australian DVD charts. He has 11 -- count 'em -- in the Top 40. "Tens of thousands" paid to watch the concert on Foxtel. Only the Mundine-Green bout in May 2006 pulled more viewers to Foxtel's Main Event.
This footage probably won't make it into the YouTube record books, but it certainly captures a moment. A part of a moment then. Yes, it's fifteen seconds of the Neighbours theme song as played by Maestro Rieu... and sung by a few thousand groupies.
My apologies for the swirly-cam. I've been watching too much West Wing.
UPDATE: Eamonn Kelly makes some cool-headed observations in his review for The Oz, here. (One thing... we agree on the rendition of Nessun dorma which Kelly describes -- by way of an introduction to his specific criticisms -- as "appalling".)
And the debate rages on, here. (Yeah, yeah, our ears are burning.)