Monday, January 19, 2009

Hats Off To The Crue

Motley Crue gets big kudos. Hot off their Cruefest they are going back on the road this winter, but that’s not why they get high praise. The cheers are for their decision to take two rising star acts with them and keep ticket prices low. For that, they are to be commended.

Your cousin Ryo went online and purchased his tickets once he saw the price range. Best seats in the house were only $100. I got tickets in section 97, for the show at Madison Square Garden. Those are great seats for under $100 and that includes all the criminal fees!

Needless to say, I am excited for this show in March. Hinder is one of the best new bands to come along in a while. Their debut disc was stellar and I played it often and their latest CD, Take It To The Limit, is an excellent follow-up that I’ve been spending some quality time with.

Theory of a Deadman is becoming one of my favorite bands. They have a Nickelback sound, but with their own identity. Their subject matter is a little sleazier, but they are following the same formula as Nickelback on their road to success.

So for $81 (listed face value) you get Hinder, Theory, and of course, the Crue. Contest winners The Last Vegas open the show as they won their chance to tour with Motley Crue. I’ll get to the venue early enough to see them, so you’ll get a full report. Of course, by the time I get to see the Crue, we’ll probably know all about The Last Vegas, as MSG is one of the last stops on the tour.
That’s a great show for a great price at the world’s most famous arena. I think it’s fantastic that the Crue is in touch with the current economy and their fan base and they know that we can’t afford to pay an insane amount for concert tickets. The high end ticket prices were $81 face value and the low end “cheap” seats were $40.

They easily could have charged $81 for every seat in the house (ala AC/DC), they could have just as easily charged $150 for the best seats and $65 for the low end, nosebleed seats – but they didn’t. There was no justification of “look at the bands you get to see for your money.” It was only, here are our ticket prices, you can afford it, even if it’s not great seats. $40 (okay $52 with all the BS charges from ticket-bastard) is not too much for what’s on the bill, at least not to me.

So, expect a happy cousin Ryo come this St. Patrick’s Day. Motley Crue at MSG and St. Patty’s Day the next day. Lots of rock and roll, green beer, and March Madness. What could be better that time of year?

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1 comment:

Yoodle said...

"they are following the same formula as Nickelback on their road to success."

You say this as if it's a good thing. :)