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06/09/01
Pete Waterman Slams Hear'Say
- 'It was inevitable the bubble would burst,' says the music mogul

RECORD producer Pete Waterman has cast judgement on the much-hyped Hear'Say, hinting that the band had reached the end of their shelf life.

The band, winners of ITV's Popstars, triggered a massive media frenzy when they secured the coveted No.1 spot with the single Pure and Simple. But tickets sales of their forthcoming UK tour have been slow to take off.

Waterman, who kick-started the careers of Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue and Steps, said: "It was inevitable the bubble would burst. It couldn't last because the band is not real. They are not musically driven - they come from a TV show. Because everyone saw how they were formed, there is no intrigue."

The producer went on to say that the band had reached the end of the road. "They had incredible initial success but that was on the back of a popular television programme. It would be impossible to recreate that success - they could only ever go backwards."

Hear'Say hit back claiming that slow ticket sales do not necessarily mean their popularity is on the wane. "They had loads of shows and in some cities they are doing seven gigs. We had to add extra because there was such a high demand," said a spokesperson for the band. "Eighty-five per cent of the tickets have been sold and we're confident the rest will go."
More likely, we reckon, it's a case of Hear'Say today, gone tomorrow.




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