Society has a curious love/hate relationship with pop culture. It hurls bile and snark at some, while tongue-bathing others, all in an effort to seem disaffected and elite while simultaneously craving acceptance by the Kool Kidz. It seeks a mythical connection with the latest bands and the hottest hands, an association minus genuine attachment. Those considered unworthy are summarily dismissed, ignored save when someone uncool dies so the insults can once more be recited before being laid to rest alongside the recently departed.

Example? Sure. John Wetton and Beyoncé.

Wetton died the other day at age 69 from cancer. Nearly simultaneously, Beyoncé announced she is pregnant with twins. The media went front page ape for the latter. Wetton? Hey, let’s dust off an insulting concert review of his band Asia when it was riding high in the early ’80s!

This comes as no surprise to those possessing any awareness of pop culture. Wetton, throughout his career, pursued creativity, be it in full-blown progressive rock such as his ’70s output with King Crimson and U.K., or Asia’s more concise, melodically focused work. Beyoncé? Although not naming her directly, Joe Walsh precisely nails her “artistry:”

Beyoncé’s career will fade with her looks as she is replaced with the next generation’s pop princess. John Wetton’s genuine artistry will live on in the hearts and minds of his fans, the true believers who will hand down his work to that portion of the next generation blessed with predecessors who caught the vision.

Don’t follow sheep. Seek the vision.

After the Superbowl I asked this question:

What will happen when police decide that the money from details for these celebs just aren’t worth it?

I guess we are going to find out :

Beyoncé’s show at Raymond James Stadium in April is expected to be a sell out but — for the moment at least — there won’t be any police on hand to control the crowds because Tampa cops are refusing to sign up to work at the event

Gee I can’t imagine why police might feel that way.

Now given her wealth I’m sure she can hire private security for herself but that’s no help to the people who show up for the concert who might not want to be robbed or mugged etc.

Perhaps she can get the Black Panthers and black lives matter to provide security, I’m sure the attendees will feel much safer with them protecting their lives and property rather than those evil police.

My father always used to tell me everything costs something, and I guess Beyonce’s fans are going to find out.

Enjoy!