A Wiggley time had by allMikey 8 comments
I never thought I would write about the Wiggles, but in light of this morning's announcement and having just attended the first ever concert with the official new line up, I thought I might share my thoughts.
I will confess - I am a fan of the Wiggles. Not the sort of fan that wears a coloured skivvy or drives a big red car, but the kind that appreciates the joy they bring to my children and on another level, appreciates just how well orchestrated and conceived their shows are towards the target demographic. To me, anyone in an industry that directly benefits or entertains children are heroes.
Greg Page was no doubt the most popular Wiggle, which is common for the lead singer of any band. And like any other band, replacements are initially met with a certain amount of doubt, scepticism and lots of questions. Will everything be the same? Can the new guy fill the shoes? Will a different direction be taken? Will they still call him 'Greg'?
Replacing the lead singer is the biggest change a band can make, which places a lot of pressure on the replacement. But to his credit Sam Moran seems to be doing a fantastic job donning the yellow skivvy.
To be fair this is not Moran's first outing as a 'replacement Greg', or 'Greg Beta' as I often refer to him. With Page's health issues the past several months Moran has been driving the big red car more often than not. But today he officially became a Wiggle, an actual Wiggle. Or more accurately; The Wiggle. Let that sink in for a moment. The primary member of Australia's largest and richest entertainment export, with all the perks, merchandising opportunities and fame that comes with it.
Moran's first official outing as the group's front face did not disappoint, and you could tell he was pumped, with both adult and pint sized portions of the audience welcoming him with open arms. In fact Greg's absence was barely noticeable thanks to the professional attitude of the group, despite their obvious sadness at the news during this morning's press conference.
My daughter goes mental for the Wiggles, and even she knows something is 'not quite right' with her favourites. When we show her a picture of Sam Moran and ask "Who's that?", we are met with the response "......".
But this generation will adapt quickly and the next generation will not even know who Greg Page is. This is a sad but true reality that people have began to accept, with already popping up on the Internet. If you have not seen it yet, Greg's official goodbye and hand-over video can be viewed on this page of the Wiggles web site.
For the sceptical, I leave you with just a few of the 258 digital snaps I took at today's concert.