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No More Concerts September 13, 2006

Posted by reddlissa in Rants/ Raves.
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My boyfriend and I have been to 3 concerts in the past 6 weeks.  Two of the three were definitely geared more towards B and his musical taste but like a good girlfriend I tagged along.  Lesson learned — If it’s not my idea, I’m not wasting the money.

The Family Values Tour (which I have previously written about) wasn’t too terrible.  Several of the bands were pretty good and I thought KORN was fantastic.  The music was a little too loud for my taste but I attribute that to old age 🙂  The second show was Shinedown, Rob Zombie, and Godsmack.  I love Shinedown and have seen them live in the past.  This was my first time seeing Godsmack and they didn’t let me down.  I heard all my fave songs and the 5 minute drum “solo” was amazing!  This show definitely gets 2 thumbs up!!

This leads me to the last concert — TOOL.  They played at the Woodland Pavilion last night and I was extremely disappointed.  The traffic was atrocious and it took us 45 minutes to get through security.  Maynard was sick and only sang about 60% of every song; he basically relied on the crowd to sing the chorus on each song.  Of the 8-10 songs they played, I recognized ONE.  I admit I am not a huge TOOL fan but I know they have released more than one song that gets airplay on alternative radio stations.  The fact that I paid almost $50 for my ticket and only enjoyed one song is sickening.

Speaking of $50, ticket and concession prices are ridiculously out of control.  A bottle of water is $3, a single beer runs from $4-$7, and nachos are around $7.  The Pavilion claims to be a “non-profit organization” which begs the question: why in the hell do they charge so much for tickets and food?!?  I know part of the ticket price takes the artist into consideration and then the ticket agent tacks on sales tax,convenience-charges, and other such nonsense.  But why the insane prices for food and drink?  If The Pavilion isn’t making money of the concession sale who the heck is?!?!?

Bottom line, I’m through with live music shows for quite some time.  The mediocre performances do not justify the cost and the hassle.

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