Wow, thanks for the validation, Kathy. I wasn't watching alone or i would have changed the channel myself! It was extremely painful to listen to. And what's really interesting is his affect (emotion) and "stage presence" which were incredible, as if nothing was wrong. I know that was the "professional" way to be but it had the feeling some people sometimes call "schizophrenic" because it's "two things at once that really don't belong together" (as in the *real* sound and the "show/look" he was projecting).
My partner also suggested that m/b he was rusty since he'd been in retirement but that seems really bizarre to me. That would imply that neither he nor his professional singer wife realized how bad he is. That just doesn't seem possible. But then i guess the other option is that he just really wanted to support the firefighters and decided to do the show in spite of it. I think i read that he will be doing more (untelevised) shows, so it will be interesting to see if anything surfaces in the media about it as this goes on. I mean, i'd like to believe he really will improve even though i don't personally think that is the issue. I just believe that as much as he recorded and performed before he would have worked til he improved fairly easily before performing again. (I was so surprised that i looked up his age
[45 BD: 2/7/62] to see if he was older than he looks at it might just be age.)