Pre-sale weeks are always so very crazy, aren’t they? When dates first come out, I try to remove myself as much as I can from social networking until I have a plan. I need time to think. I need time to discuss. I need time to develop a plan. This upcoming 2016 North American tour required more of that than most. I simply had too many choices. July is the one month that I’m completely free (unless I’m planning curriculum, taking a class, etc. but those are my choices rather than required work tasks!). Therefore, I would be able to attend any (ALL! I wish! Dreams are free unlike concert tickets…which sadly are not!) that I wanted to. Yet, Rhonda and I knew right away that we would be making choices about WHICH shows to go to despite having no work responsibilities then. The debate centered around a big decision. Should we go to as many shows as possible and buy less than perfect tickets OR do we go for perfect tickets and less shows?
As the pre-sale week has calmed down, I have begun to notice that the Duranies I know seem to pick one side of that debate that Rhonda and I were having over another. Many fans had to make the same decision as we were having to make about whether or not to do one show really, really well or to go to many shows kinda well. Before I go further into my observations, I want to make one thing clear. There are still many, many, many fans who are only able to go to one show that is near them. For those fans, this debate does not even enter into their brains. They get the best tickets they can that are not VIP for the show nearest them. From what I can tell, for those fans, they are thrilled with just having the opportunity to go at all. Maybe that is a lesson we all need (including myself!). Yet, for the fans who are able to do more than one, then, this debate over one well vs. many so-so shows rears its ugly head. Somehow, people, including us, made their decisions before the pre-sales happened.
It seems to me that the fan community is evenly split between the one show vs. many shows decision. For those opting to go to one show, many of those fans went for the Platinum or the Gold packages figuring it would be their one and only time to see them. Therefore, one should go all the way and do it right! It makes sense. For those fans, they want to focus on making the one show the absolute best it can be. They didn’t have to worry about other shows. They could just focus on the ONE. Like those fans who can only do the one show near them, I bet this decision is less stressful than those who decide to do multiple shows, assuming that they get the tickets they want.
The rest of the fan base, though, seems to want to do as many shows as they can. For those fans, I noticed an interesting pattern, within the go to as many shows as you can philosophy. Often, those fans would have one show be VIP and then the rest be smaller VIP packages or just regular tickets in order to be able to afford more shows. Thus, even for those fans, they didn’t totally want to throw out the idea of having at least one SUPER quality show. Perhaps, those VIP tickets weren’t platinum ones, but still… It also seemed to me that, for those fans, the average number of shows was about 3. Maybe, that is the magic number to balance between the two philosophies. By the way, Rhonda and I sort of did something similar with the tickets we purchased.
I wonder what is better for the band. Is it better for more fans to go to multiple shows or better for fans to go for big VIP tickets for one. I would think that they would want the venues filled with enthusiastic fans, no matter how many shows each individual fan is going to. Maybe, the combination between the two kinds of fans ends up balancing it in the end for the band.
So, what about the rest of you? What side of this debate do you end up on? Why? Do you go for better VIP tickets for just ONE show or do you go for more regular seats for MANY shows?