We won't always love you, Whitney

WHEN a punter resorted to yelling out ‘taxi’ after Whitney Houston stopped during a rendition of her hit, I Will Always Love You, at her opening gig in Brisbane, he was only saying what most were thinking.

After all, it is expectation that leads to disappointment.

And so it was for The Northern Star readers who suffered through Houston’s Brisbane concert after winning tickets through the paper.

The US diva began her first run of dates in Australia for more than 20 years on Monday night.

From the reviews offered up by The Star’s concert-goers, time has not been kind to the pop starlet.

While acknowledging Houston’s glory years in the 1980s and 1990s, most fans weren’t best pleased with the show.

“I didn’t really appreciate it at all,” Stacy Hill, of Goonellabah, said.

“I was dumbfounded. She’s not the woman she used to be.”

Vern Jarrett was so unimpressed by Houston’s performance that he and his wife left – after two songs.

“After the second song she was absolutely pooped,” he said.

“We walked out.”

While Mr Jarrett thought Houston’s performance – at least the bit he saw – was regrettable, he had nothing but praise for former Australian Idol contestant Anthony Callea, who opened for Houston.

“He entertained us more than she did,” he said.

Persevering beyond the limits of Mr Jarrett, it was Vanessa Neighbour, of Lismore, that heard the jibe from the crowd when Houston failed to re-create the glass-shattering crescendo of I Will Always Love You from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard.

“That’s when some bloke yelled out ‘taxi’,” Ms Neighbour said.

However, the most devastated fan award surely went to Shirley Holmes, of Ballina.

Her misfortune in going to the gig was compounded by the fact she saw Houston at her peak in the 1980s.

“I was so disappointed. I don’t think she should have done it. Her voice just wasn’t up to it,” she said.

Ms Holmes managed to tough it out for a couple of hours, but that was more through hope than anything else.

“I think everyone was hoping she would come good,” she said.

Sydneysiders would have been wishing for the same thing when Houston performed her second show last night.

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