Re: Big screen popmart vs. barebones Joshua Tree

Robbie Robinson ([email protected])
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 08:16:00 -0700

rob okorn wrote:
> Another key point is the 5 year wait stateside between the 92 and 97
> tour as well as the packaging of it as an 'event'. The long 5 year
> hiatus and hype legitimized the price. Now it's only a little over
> half a year since the last US show, even if they tour one year from
> today in the US, the high ticket price will be a much harder sell.

Jeez, rob, have you done any research on the price of tickets nowdays?
What does a ticket (plus Ticketmaster fee) go for in regards to a
really big show by a well know popular band/artist?
Are you still living in the 80's? If you are, pretty soon you'll
be say "I can remember when candy bars were 5 cents" like my mother
does. :p
There are concerts and then there are multi-media events.
Both are based on the music, but the multi-media event
includes the music as a component of a large scale
work of art that's still called a concert although it's
evolved into more that that. I love it. I had no problem
experiencing what was going on at the shows with the music
and it enhanching the experience. Maybe if people learned
the difference between your basic consert and this newer
art form, they would appreciate it more. It's all in how
you relate to it. I'm a great fan of videos of shows, both
official and bootleg. That's the only way a record of the
artistic creation that U2 has turned their concerts into
in the 90's survives once the tour is over.
The CD's of the shows are great, but you miss half of U2's
creation when you can't *see* the show.
You know, it's always be more than "just the music". In the
early days, the music was really iffy, what a lot of people
went to see was that crazy Bono on stage :] performance
(and I'm not talking of how well they played the songs)
was always of great importance at a U2 show.


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