Let Me Know if You’re Coming Down to Land

Can’t we all just be happy?

Amongst all of the excited chatter on Twitter and Facebook yesterday regarding the upcoming promo, Fashion Rocks, the “secret” show in Monterey, the Formula-One FanFest in Austin and anything else, it was clear that not all fans are quite so happy to see the band out and about.

If it wasn’t the ticket prices, or the secrecy about a private show, the glaring complaint was that the UK is being overlooked again. I’m assuming this means that since these first two shows aren’t in the UK, those fans feel kicked to the side. Remind me again, where exactly does the band live and record? How long has it been since the band has actually been to the states for a show – and actually played that show?  And what about the rest of the world, while we’re at it?

The band obviously cannot be everywhere at once. Many, MANY corporations are headquartered in the states, and corporate promotion is done here as a result. The band doesn’t pick show locations based on which fans they want to hang out with – those locations are based on where the money comes. This is a business and if the band isn’t making money, it’s just a hobby.

These are the first shows of many, and before anyone reminds me once again that “they always play more in the US”….you should probably reacquaint yourselves with the size and area of the US. It takes about 6.5 hours to fly across the US – on a direct flight. If you did that in the UK, you’d end up somewhere in Europe. We can’t travel the states by train – it would take a week to get from one side to another. So, no matter how many shows they play here, they can’t get everywhere there are fans.

Bottom line, we are lucky that the band is still playing and doing what they do. I will continue to say that whether they are in the states, the UK, Japan, or anywhere else. It’s a shame that after being home in the UK for an extended period of time to record, and seeing fans on a regular basis,one of the few times they dare step foot out of the country to play a few shows that they are likely being paid very well to play, there are already complaints about fairness.

-R

 

4 thoughts on “Let Me Know if You’re Coming Down to Land”

  1. I’m not a concert goer, but yes, when I read about Austin I for a moment thought… “And England?”.
    I’m cut between excitement that “something is finally moving” and perplexed about their obsession, so to speak and with all my respect to my US peeps, on USA.
    Good luck if you take part to the DDVIP contest!

    1. I guess I just don’t understand that line of thinking, Manuela. Where exactly do you think the money really is in this world? Italy, the UK…those places don’t have the same types of corporations that the US has, and that is all this is about. They have to play where they are paid well enough to play. I am certain that if a very large UK corporation paid the band to play in the UK, they would play that show…and the same would go for Italy. The reality is, that doesn’t happen nearly as often in those places. This has nothing to do with an “obsession” (laughable concept, really)…this is BUSINESS. -R

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