Re: The Venues Question

Robbie Robinson ([email protected])
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 21:08:14 -0700

Jennifer Werts wrote:
> I've been wondering about this since I heard that for their next tour,
> the band might go back to smaller venues (?spelling??). I posed the
> question in my new U2 poll on my site. So far, both sides of the
> argument seem to be pretty even. For those of you who didn't know, the
> question was,
> "Do you think the band should keep their tours large-scale, or go back
> to playing in smaller venues?"
> Personally, I can see pros and cons both ways. If they keep touring
> large-scale, pretty much everybody who wants to get tickets will be able
> to.

I seem to remember that's allways been U2 aim.

> The downside to that might be that people who aren't really "fans"
> might buy tickets just to say they saw the band live,

Is that bad?
Isn't that a bit of an elitist, possessive view of U2?
They're ours and all you riff-raff can't see them!
It's the non-fan that goes to the show, becomes a fan,
buys all the CDs and subs to Wire. Aren't there a few of
you on the list now? ;)

> and the whole
> thing would probably end up being pretty commercial...well, that part of
> it could be good or bad, I guess, depending on how you look at it.

What do you mean by commerical? The stage design? Their choice of
the clothing they wear onstage? The interviews they give?
The ads for the album and the tour? I'm not sure what you mean.
Every band does that. It's the business part of rock.
What would be non-commercial? Only playing unannounced gigs at
small pubs in the west of Ireland? They said they'd like to do
that ocassionally but the "authorities" won't let
them because they're afraid of Beatles-like hysteria if
the news should leak.
> On the other hand, if they go back to smaller venues, fewer people would
> be able to get tickets...This could be good or bad too, I guess. People
> would be less likely to go if they weren't really fans.

No Jennifer, U2 are very famous. People that aren't really
fans would want to see them even more if it was harder to
get tickets to small venues. You'd end up having to pay a
scalper $800 for one ticket. Most of the people there would
be wealthy non-fans. It happens when big band play
a small place. I've seen it.

> I think it
> would also make the concert a little more personal...Less people, bigger
> chance for the band to notice YOU!

Ah yes, the selfishness factor. You'd want it for your own
benifit even if no other fan got in.
> I guess I really don't know what I'd like to see happen. Popmart was my
> first time seeing the band in concert, and it just totally blew me away.
> The lights, the set, so much excitement...but more than anything, just
> seeing them live! Take all the lights and special effects away, and I'd
> still love the band just as much.
> Well, since I'm sort of undecided on this issue, I'd like to hear what
> YOU think. It's always good to get input from different people...Maybe
> it would help me make up MY mind!
> But I still haven't found what I'm looking for...
> Jen
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