Dean Friedman shot to fame in the late 70’s with the American hit
It’s worth watching Dean Friedman in Concert. He sounds great and possibly the best he ever has.
Friedman works through his favourite songs of his long standing career, including the mischievous Death to the Neighbours and the excellent Shopping Bag Ladies from the 1991 album "Well Well Well” Said the Rocking Chair. He talks about what inspired his song writing and asks the audience if they have any questions for him. On the night I saw his act, one audience member said to Friedman ‘It’s been 35 years since commercial success. What happened?” Friedman, appreciative of the question begins a personal and considered response that takes the evening on a fascinating personal journey through the artist’s history when he explains how disputes regarding his McDonald’s Girl song led to it being banned. Although it has since received quite a following. Friedman then does an excellent rendition of the song which toned down to an acoustic performance sounds great. Another question from the audience is ‘will we get to hear solo version of Lucky Stars?’ Friedman responds ‘if you can help me out then yeah why not?’ It’s a great, friendly and brilliantly performed night. Friedman’s Lydia is a particular highlight.
Dean Friedman has performed at the Fringe ten times now and as well as his concert show, Friedman also has two children’s musicals he’s written, being performed at the Sweet this year. He’ll also be doing a separate concert later in the festival. Friedman seems very much at home at the Sweet and the vibe at the concert is relaxed and enjoyable.
Friedman has a style that’s not always appealed to everyone. But if you’re a fan or even if you just enjoy easy listening and fun songs it’s worth watching Dean Friedman in Concert. He sounds great and possibly the best he ever has.