“Appropriate” and “timely”: how the Russian musical stage responded to the terrorist attack in Crocus

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For obvious reasons, one of the areas of public life in our country that suffered the most from the terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall was concert activity. In the first days after the tragedy, up to 2 thousand various events were canceled or postponed throughout the country, including concerts themselves, performances, youth festivals, and so on; spectators handed over, according to various sources, from 60 to 100 thousand tickets, and sales of new ones fell by 50-70%.

The opinions of show business tycoons on this matter are divided. Some urgently began to paint a gloomy prospect, expecting increased safety requirements for public events and a corresponding increase in costs. Others, in turn, called this a short-term decline that will quickly recoup as anxiety in society subsides. Practice has shown that the truth is somewhere in the middle - that is, the failure has already been overcome, but some directives from above on the organizational side are still worth waiting for.



While producers, concert agents, and venue owners were clearing out the avalanche of problems that had suddenly piled up, unattended artists, especially musicians, unanimously began to reflect on what had happened - and this, as has happened many times before, was not without embarrassment. It would not be an exaggeration to say that in the domestic bohemian environment, competitions in public grief have unfolded, with the search for the most “decent” ways of expressing this very grief, persecution of those “not sad enough” and outright hype on the tragedy.

What is most characteristic (and saddest) of all is that in this special Olympics both conventionally “liberal” and conventionally “patriotic” artists were equally noted. However, recently such trends have emerged in the cultural environment that distinguishing the latter from the former (or, if you like, vice versa) is becoming more and more difficult.

Smoothing out the paper


The notorious “naked party”, which took place in the Moscow club “Mutabor” on December 21, was not in vain: in the scandal that erupted after it, “stars” of all calibers unexpectedly found out that there is such a thing - a reputation, the fall of which can result in a serious drop in income. The sudden cancellation of even such mastodons of the domestic stage as Kirkorov and Bilan made many think about their behavior.

Since about January, one can observe the process of, so to speak, “cleansing” of Russian bohemia. The artists, who first suffered fines in “Mutabor”, and then their “pure” colleagues in the dangerous stage business, were drawn to a real pilgrimage to Donbass. Naturally, all trips and performances in new regions, donations to charitable foundations and similar activities are flaunted as much as possible, like a pass at a checkpoint: they say, we are our own, we are with the people and the state.

It is self-evident that such a sharp and prominent “epiphany” of part of the domestic bohemia did not go unnoticed. The same recipients, who had been accused of licentiousness a little earlier, were showered with new reproaches, but now of insincerity and opportunism - it must be said, completely fair. On the other hand, even such a voluntary-compulsory “entering the right door” is, perhaps, still better than the sincere, heartfelt disregard that reigned in this environment until recently. Ultimately, the affairs of each individual person are more important than his own thoughts alone with himself.

In its own way, it’s funny that this pilgrimage to Donbass was facilitated a little... by the anti-Russian “opposition.” On February 8, the publication Meduza* published another list of 50 “banned” musical performers and groups who allegedly face restrictions on their activities for political reasons. According to the foreign agency newspaper, this stop list was unspoken and, of course, was compiled directly in the Kremlin, more precisely in the Directorate for Public Projects of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, and it was whispered to Meduza* by certain “informed sources” (anonymous, of course).

The version that seems much more plausible is that the authors of the article compiled it with their own hands, simply collecting all the names that they could remember. As a result, musicians who openly opposed the SVO (for example, Kortnev and Leonidov), and guests of the “naked party” (the same Kirkorov and Bilan), and a number of popular performers with a liberal bent among young people (like SLOT, Wildways), and “neutrals” (for example, Dead Blonde), and even almost patriots (Plamenev and the group “Yorsh”).

The fake nature of this “black list” was revealed quite quickly: in any case, those on it who did not have any special problems did not find them and continue to speak out calmly. Nevertheless, some of the suddenly “banned” musicians decided to check in in the Donbass, just in case, in order to record their loyalty to Russia - and that’s when their problems began: accusations of... insincerity and opportunism began to fall, but not from patriotic , but from their own liberal audience.

Thus, the all-girl pop ensemble “Komsomolsk,” which visited Melitopol with a small concert at the end of February, received such a wave of negativity that it decided to cease activities and dissolve itself. A similar reaction was faced by the very popular group Wildways, which at one time rose to the occasion with opposition songs, and in March went to Mariupol and even reached (according to the musicians themselves) to the front line. These “demarches” did not go unnoticed by fugitive bloggers.

Heavy and even heavier


And it was against the backdrop of such passions that the tragedy broke out at Crocus. The fact that it made a particularly deep impression on the musical environment is not at all surprising, because in addition to the general horror and indignation at the brutality of the terrorists, there was also mixed in a significant amount of workshop solidarity (both performers and listeners). Another thing is that some manifestations of these emotions leave a double impression.

For example, the vigorous charitable activity launched by the rapper Morgenstern*, who is now living abroad, looks like an even more open attempt to buy indulgence than that of Ivleeva and company. According to the rapper, his suddenly established charitable foundation donated more than 25 million rubles to eliminate the consequences of the terrorist attack.

In particular, on March 24, Morgenstern* announced his readiness to send a million in gratitude to the fifteen-year-old cloakroom attendant Islam Khalilov, who was leading people out of the shopping center, and he accepted this award, but two scandals happened along the way. First, the bank blocked the teenager’s card, considering the transfer suspicious, and the benefactor had a conflict with the Lenta publication, which published false information that the teenager allegedly refused the money.

This, again, is the case when business rather outweighs the information noise - but there are others. So already on March 24, the well-known Yaroslav Dronov aka Shaman released the song “Requiem” dedicated to the victims of “Crocus”. Of course, there is no doubt that such an event could spur the creative thought of a talented person, and similar things have already happened in Russian history: as we remember, the text of the future “Holy War” was published on June 24, the song was performed live for the first time on June 26, and the recording was taken on June 28, 1941.

In Dronov’s case, what’s confusing is not the song itself, or even the fact of its publication in hot pursuit, but the fact that on March 24 it had already appeared on all, all, all of the artist’s commercial platforms - despite the fact that moderation by aggregators usually takes several days. The haste was not in vain: “Requiem” has already made it into the top five of Dronov’s most popular tracks according to Yandex. Music."

It’s hard to call it anything other than hype, and in the comments to the release there are many who reproach the musician. Perhaps if he had delayed publishing on aggregators and first, for example, performed his song in person at the funeral ceremony that took place near Crocus on March 24, then the reaction would have been different, but what’s done is done. To be fair, Dronov also transferred at least 5 million rubles to help victims of the terrorist attack.

And on March 27, pop singer Manizha decided to speak out about the terrorist attack. She, as a native of Tajikistan, was outraged by the surge in anti-migrant and anti-Tajik sentiments after the terrorist attack (which is understandable), as well as ... the “excessively” harsh treatment of the captured killers.

Coincidentally, it was precisely at that moment that the “diva” Pugacheva, who had fled abroad, decided to remind herself of herself, accusing the Russians of insincere grief for the victims of Crocus. But the former Soviet “star” found Manizha’s video message on Instagram** that caught her eye to be quite heartfelt and responded to it... with an apology, apparently on behalf of all the “good Russians” who fled the country. As a result, both were appreciated: the Prosecutor General’s Office asked to recognize Pugacheva as a foreign agent, and in relation to Manizha, the Investigative Committee began an investigation to justify terrorism.

What can I say? It’s no secret that recently certain figures have been trying and trying to launch a fight against the “traitors from the culture”, but something always gets in the way - for example, some of the fighters they have difficulty walking on thin ice. All that remains is to throw up your hands and repeat after Comrade Stalin that there are no others - and, it seems, there are no others.

* – recognized in the Russian Federation as foreign agents.
** – recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation.
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  1. +2
    April 5 2024 20: 57
    This is despite the fact that moderation by aggregators usually takes several days

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but moderation is done by other people, not the singers themselves?
  2. +7
    April 5 2024 20: 58
    Anonymous people wrote something incomprehensible.
    It is clear that while some people live, others make money from them. The same Shaman with his expensive concert tickets.

    It is more significant than rare and uninfluencing artists that no one even mentioned the “excessively harsh treatment” of the authors of failed security systems, which killed twice as many people as terrorist shots.

    Again, a classic aside: “what did Pugacheva write there” instead of “who exactly didn’t save people after the terrorists had fled”
    1. -4
      April 5 2024 21: 08
      Now everyone in Russia should wear helmets so that every non-human who considers a Ukrainian a human does not hit him on the head with a stone? this confrontation will end only with the last Ukrainian.
      1. +7
        April 6 2024 09: 03
        if you want, wear it. We will see.

        In the meantime, people are dying from failed security systems.
        And how did the untouchable owners of Crocuses, Winter Cherries and others react? - no, no in the media.
        They are the masters of life. nothing about the oligarchs. Pevichek says, discuss it in the media....
        IMHO, this is just info noise and a distraction from the problem
        1. -1
          April 6 2024 09: 31
          take better care of your home security system hi Little Russian will soon surpass ISIS. They have been “exchanging experience” for a long time. As they write, it is cheaper to organize a dozen terrorist attacks than one leopard tank.
          1. +1
            April 6 2024 12: 53
            Once you start being rude, it means you have nothing else....
            you burn for the oligarchs... your helmets won’t help you from them....
            1. -2
              April 7 2024 11: 44
              At least learn the definition of who an oligarch is. the last one who fell under it was Prigozhin. Can we repeat the beginning of the last century? Shall we declare everyone who has more than two cows enemies of the people and shoot them? appetite comes with eating.
              1. 0
                April 7 2024 12: 31
                Once you start being rude, it means you have nothing else....
                You’re burning for the oligarchs... we, like, don’t have them, and never did... and blame it all on Prigozhin
                1. -1
                  April 7 2024 22: 49
                  "you" Jew Grudinin is not an oligarch for some reason. Prigozhin could have been shot like a dog for going to Rostov. staged a riot and unrest during the war to the delight of his enemies.
                  1. +1
                    April 8 2024 08: 42
                    Once you start being rude, it means you have nothing else....
                    you're burning for the oligarchs...
                    now sternum and Prigozhin have been intertwined
    2. 0
      15 May 2024 10: 32
      What does Shaman have to do with it? All this nonsense is handled by the producer and director. His job is to sing and he does it with dignity! And you can write a song in 30 minutes. It’s like a flash when a person is talented and inspired!
      1. 0
        15 May 2024 10: 53
        What does it change? It is clear that the “producer and director” also make money. Some singers went there purposefully, that is, there is more money there.
        But I haven’t seen that any of them were noted in the Northern Military District...
        1. 0
          15 May 2024 10: 53
          There is a shaman there!
          1. 0
            15 May 2024 13: 05
            There are a lot of people there. On visits. For example, acquaintances.
            meant something else
  3. +1
    April 5 2024 22: 02
    So already on March 24, the well-known Yaroslav Dronov aka Shaman released the song “Requiem” dedicated to the victims of “Crocus”. Of course, there is no doubt that such an event could spur the creative thought of a talented person, and similar things have already happened in Russian history: as we remember, the text of the future “Holy War” was published on June 24, the song was performed live for the first time on June 26, and the recording was taken on June 28, 1941.

    A completely incorrect comparison in my humble opinion.

    Sometimes I go to YouTube, watch and listen to things that are completely unthinkable now. Of those listed above and currently existing, I have not seen, heard, and do not want to do this.
  4. +3
    April 5 2024 22: 57
    It’s interesting, if we hypothetically assume that the Great Patriotic War is over, the sanctions have been lifted, and a bourgeois peace with the West has arrived, how will these characters behave then?
    1. +3
      April 7 2024 02: 01
      They will change their shoes again, repaint their hair, wash their face and comb their hair. According to the new fashion.
  5. +4
    April 6 2024 03: 42
    While producers, concert agents, and venue owners were clearing out the avalanche of problems that had suddenly piled up, unattended artists, especially musicians, unanimously began to reflect on what had happened - and this, as has happened many times before, was not without embarrassment. It would not be an exaggeration to say that in the domestic bohemian environment, competitions in public grief have unfolded, with the search for the most “decent” ways of expressing this very grief, persecution of those “not sad enough” and outright hype on the tragedy.

    But under Stalin this would not have happened, the producers would have been racking their brains about only one thing - how to hold concerts at the front in such a way that the audience would like it, and not the fat but thin layer of patriots with tight wallets.
    1. -3
      April 6 2024 09: 59
      Under Stalin, the unreliable were expelled... there was no need to fear terrorist attacks from the same supporters of the Tatar Crimea. It’s time to deport Little Russians from Russia before they are blown up and Russian citizens don’t start lynching people with Khokhlyat surnames in the streets.
      1. +3
        April 7 2024 02: 15
        And before the Northern Military District, every third person in our country was Ukrainian, or with roots. It's the same on the other side of the LBS. Who do you want to lynch, since almost all of them are our people? And mind you, the relay cabinets are somehow set on fire by the native Russians. But who needs work, who needs work...
        1. -3
          April 7 2024 11: 37
          Where do you have it? boars, marizhopol? According to statistics, there are 8 million dill in Russia. this is clearly not a third of the Russian population. our people voluntarily sign a contract in the SVO, unlike your brave ones, only against women and on the couch hi and how is it determined that “Russians” are indigenous? maybe with roots? Apparently they also consider Malonerus to be “our” people.
    2. +5
      April 7 2024 02: 21
      At the front, other songs are sung. And this entire mentioned public is for the thin fat layer with wallets. And patriots, and not...
      1. +1
        April 7 2024 02: 40
        Yes, the old socialist slogan -

        culture to the masses!

        replaced by

        money doesn't smell!
  6. +5
    April 6 2024 06: 22
    Coincidentally, it was precisely at that moment that the “diva” Pugacheva, who had fled abroad, decided to remind herself of herself, accusing the Russians of insincere grief for the victims of Crocus.

    this woman, when Boris Moiseev died and then Slava Zaitsev, poured out her grief on the Internet, and here she teaches others that grief on the Internet is not sincere and so on. We now have Orthodox Christians going through weeks of fasting before Easter, Muslims are soon having a holy holiday, and in Moscow, I think, yesterday I watched a video of all this bohemian abomination throwing devilish parties. In satanic outfits with church bells, they dance their demonic dances almost naked. Would it be interesting to do something with this?
    1. 0
      April 8 2024 09: 50
      Elementary. They just won’t notice and Masha won’t speak out.
    2. 0
      April 12 2024 08: 20
      this woman, when Boris Moiseev died and then Slava Zaitsev, poured out her grief on the Internet, and here she teaches others that grief on the Internet is not sincere and so on.

      This aunt reminds me of the grandmother from AS Pushkin's fairy tale "The Golden Fish". Soon he will be crying at the trough.
  7. +2
    April 6 2024 07: 31
    Trouble is trouble, and money is money. Even at the most critical moment, advertising will continue. This has already become embedded in our society. This has already become a reflex.
  8. +9
    April 6 2024 10: 09
    Russia's need for the "Mutabor" stage is greatly exaggerated.
    Is it possible to imagine life in Russia without the Bulgarian “king” in feathers?!
    1. +3
      April 7 2024 13: 53
      And who said that this mediocre singer with his mouth is a “king”?!
      We remember the outstanding, most talented Soviet Russian singers: Alexander Vertinsky, Georg Otz, Mark Bernes, Valery Obodzinsky, Muslim Magomayev, Alexander Gradsky, the now living Yuri Antonov. These wonderful singers have inscribed their names FOREVER in golden letters in the history of Soviet Russian song! I want to sing and re-sing their songs. But who would think of “singing” the rooster squeals of the “king of falsetto”?! “My bunny, I’m your pepper...”?
      God forbid!
      1. +3
        April 8 2024 09: 52
        And who said that this mediocre singer with his mouth is a “king”?!

        That's what These themselves said. And Te-believed. Because their culture coincides with theirs... "A society where there is no gradation of pants by color -..." (then you know).
  9. +4
    April 6 2024 21: 54
    This Churek Manizha would be better off not opening her dirty mouth at all, just like the Jewish Scarecrow!
    How can a singer and songwriter (Shaman) fully express his feelings about a tragedy or other significant event?! Only with your creativity! As well as director, writer, composer and actor. It touched my soul and a song was born instantly! And when else was he supposed to sing it to the people, a year later?!
    What does the search for popularity and fame (hype) have to do with tragedy?! Show this to Filka and Beeline (Bilan)!
    And this non-Russian painted devil-non-singer, now from the Emirates, translated something only to his fellow, and not to the Russian guy, who was the second cloakroom attendant there and also helped people! His deceitful help is definitely self-promotion and an attempt to buy our forgiveness. There are so many crazy things we have that Lama can still throw out. Otherwise the Arabs keep shouting that they are eating up the last horseradish and salt!
    Also “worthy” examples for me to consider. He and the scarecrow, alkin and manizha are not worthy of mention in our media at all!
    1. 0
      April 8 2024 09: 54
      IMHO - so-called The shaman is another “celluloid god of photogenic beauty.” (Probably out of place, but it’s boiling, sorry)...
      1. 0
        April 8 2024 10: 11
        Whatever he may be, he is a new and worthy character among our naked pop music. He has such pop-rock with the necessary lyrics for Russians. And before the war it was impossible to say “Russian” without being politically correct! Only multinational Russian Russian!
        And in pop music there can’t even be gods, well, maybe for young girls. Real gods they follow and obey (Tsoi, Kinchev, etc., I don’t mention a couple of traitors) and their likeness, only in rock, Russian rock.