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Low crowds for recent metal tours...

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by labrekk, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. AMBR

    AMBR Metal Grandma

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    For me, it's not "only $30" for the ticket, it's at least $30 just getting to the shows in NYC. Hell, it's $12 just to get over the damn crossings never mind parking. And heaven help you if you actually would like a beer - $9 is normal and the bartenders expect a buck for every one or they'll ignore you. I used to be on the guest list for a lot more shows and an evening out would still set me back a bit. Now I'm concentrating on building a business where I actually get paid so I just can't go to every show anymore - though I'd still like to. I just have to be more selective.

    But I will continue to stubbornly show up for ProgPower regardless. :D
     
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    This is why I'm glad I only live 10 minutes away from Jaxx. Shows are relatively cheap, no parking costs and relatively inexpensive beer (for a club)
     
  3. DuchessOfDork

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    I really miss living in one of those apartments near Jaxx. Back in the day, I could walk there.. and regardless of the silly things that happen there, they do get some amazing shows. To be honest, we're really lucky to have a place like Jaxx.
     
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    HA! and it was a freaking great time too wasn't it? Sometimes the little shows are the most fun to play.
     
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    This. I think we take a place like Jaxx for granted sometimes. I have my issues with the venue, but they have brought so many great bands and tours to the area year after year.
     
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    ApolloFC Sax-Man

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    Totally, I'll take a private Widow show any day "This show is for you (me)!"
     
  7. DemonOfTheWoods

    DemonOfTheWoods Your option out of here

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    Oh, NYC shows are the worst! In 2008 I drove up to NYC (B.B. King's, to be exact) to see Grave Digger. Almost $80 for 2 tickets ($30+$8 bullshit fee), about $50 in gas, $30 or $40 in parking, probably about $40 in tolls. The show was well worth every penny (I'm a diehard Grave Digger fanboy) but it was still a lot to shell out for any show. After all that, plus dinner, drinks, and a shirt (which was $20, surprisingly), I wound up spending close to $400.

    For the record, anyone who goes to see a show at BB King's, DO NOT have dinner at the restaurant in the venue. Food is awesome, but $16 for a cheeseburger & chips is fucking ridiculous!

    About a month ago, we went to the Gramercy Theater to see Doro and I think the tolls alone were about $50 this time.

    Same here. :D

    Off the top of my head, I think the most I ever spent on a single show (not a festival or an all-day/multi-day event) was in October 2000, I spent almost $200 on a 2nd row center ticket for KISS. Totally worth it.
     
  8. DemonOfTheWoods

    DemonOfTheWoods Your option out of here

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    There's also the legendary Milestone in Charlotte, but that's more for small shows & punk rock shows. Total hole-in-the-wall dive bar, but I love that place. Played some great shows there & had some great times there!
     
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    hahaha!!! that was an awesome set those guys played that night! Widow remains the most Trve band we have played with!
     
  10. AMBR

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    Oh, yea food at B.B. Kings is awesome (best calamari in the world!) but totally overpriced. If you ever go to NYC for a show there again or at the Best Buy, let me know and I'll let you in on our secret spot only a couple blocks away. Everything is half the price of B.B.'s.

    They raised the tolls a couple months ago. Was $8 for the crossings now it's $12! I also know cheaper park garages too. The ones near Times Square are ridiculous.
     
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    I regret missing this. If they come back I will not let it pass by.
     
  12. J-Man

    J-Man Old as Yoda

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    Whoaaaaa there, look at what you wrote, that is total crap. Sometimes when a couple get married(even if they both work) they have expences that they normally wouldn't have otherwise, and also when they have a child oh my god don't get me started. Now a question for you. You said you went this year but on a budget, when and how many PP have you missed since you got married and had your first child?
     
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    As far as ProgPower, people still have that stupid notion that they *absolutely need* to buy a bunch of drinks, merchandise and stay at the more expensive hotels in order to have a good time. That's a huge crock of shit. If you really want to come down to the festival, you don't need any of those things.

    1 - Don't buy CDs. Just because it's ProgPower, it doesn't mean you need to drop that crazy amount of money. You can buy CDs at other times too. It's not like the vendors won't have them available on their site.

    2 - If you need to drink, buy a 24 pack at the grocery store when you get to Atlanta. Yes, you heard that. Why feel like you *have* to buy 3, 4 drinks at the venue at $8 each? I don't care what anyone says, drinking is not a major necessity at a show. You can have just as good a time without it. It doesn't make you uncool or antisocial either.

    3 - Stay at a cheaper hotel. Sure, the Artmore is friggin' awesome cause it's so close. $200/night is not awesome though. Walk a few extra blocks and get a room that's just as good for half the price. (Midtown, Inn @ Peachtrees, Residence (if booked early enough), Super 8). Oh yeah, share the room with at least another person. It's not that bad. :)

    4 - Oh yeah, time to eat. Sure, you can go to the restaurants every single day for lunch. That's what, at least $15/meal? How about stocking up on food at the grocery stores nearby and leaving it at the hotel? Yup. Totally doable. $20 can feed you well for the whole weekend.
     
  14. DuchessOfDork

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    Your advice reminds me of my con days! We used to put 5-6 people in a room at once, bring food to the hotel, and spend all of our money on STUFF. Those were the days...

    I wouldn't suggest sneaking in booze to any venue (it's dumb, I've seen dummies do it and get too drunk..) but pre-gaming? That's always fun. :D
     
  15. DemonOfTheWoods

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    I never liked calamari til eating it at BB King's and since then, I've never found calamari that I like anywhere else.

    I'll definitely let you know the next time we come to NY for a show!
     
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    Heh, in a 2 bed room, you could easily get 10 people into it for a Con, if it's in the same hotel as the con itself... sleeping in shifts, since things happen all day and night.
     
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    lots of bands sleep in vans and other shitty sleeping situations just to loose money on their first several tours. In a way, starting a band in today's market is like sending your members to college, or having a kid. Its a labor of love for bands as it should be for fans.

    /thread
     
  18. DuchessOfDork

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    Speaking of.. I ran into a touring van in DC the other day. Their van was getting a ticket because as it turns out, it broke down and they were stuck. x_x Eep.
     
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    I mean really, I think if people experienced touring first hand they would maybe try a little harder to "make it happen" or at least weigh things a little harder when thinking, should I go or not? Yes its a pain in the ass to get out there and be a disciple of metal on a weekday sometimes, but isn't that what its about? showing people that the metal underground is actually alive and flourishing? That we as a whole can make these shows happen and make sure they KEEP happening?
     
  20. DuchessOfDork

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    This is true. Then again, I'll be honest, I can't go out on weekdays too often because I wake up at 5 AM every day and work 8 hours in uniform. If I know a band I love is coming, I'll try and get the day off, but I can't do that spur-of-the-moment stuff anymore.

    Making good money is a sacrifice.
     

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