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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Let's take out a loan and go see Genesis!

Tickets go on sale this weekend for some of the shows on the Genesis 2007 Turn It On Again Tour. For the Pittsburgh show, the cheap seats (E & F level) are $57, while most of the remaining seats go for $202, before surcharges.

No, really.

Genesis actually believe that people would be willing to pay more than $200 to see them live. Who do they think they are, the Eagles? Maybe Fleetwood Mac or the Police could get away with that kind of thing, but we're talking about fucking Genesis!

I see large-scale cancellations and/or massive ticket giveaways for many of these shows. At least for the Pittsburgh show - people in this city aren't even willing to pay $5 for parking, let alone a week's pay to see a long-forgotten, semi-important pop-rock act from 20 years ago.

I don't mean to diss the Genesis - much of their catalogue is great, and they're a rare rock band with a visible sense of humor. "Invisible Touch" is a terrific pop song, and the video for "Illegal Alien" is awesome - it's so politically incorrect they could never get away with it today. But someone needs to explain to their promoters the concept of supply and demand, as it relates to ticket pricing.

On a brighter note, Genesis is playing this year's VH1 Rock Honors show... along with Heart! Yes, the Wilson sisters, one of the most underrated bands of the '80s, owners of four of the most classic tracks of that decade - "Alone," "Never," "These Dreams," and "What About Love." Now there's an old band I really want to see.


BeckEye said...

I bet people will pay to see Genesis. There are people who just like to buy expensive tickets just to prove to other people that they can. If I paid that much money and they didn't sing "No Reply at All," their best song, I would pay $200 more just to go backstage and kick Phil Collins in the ass.

I wouldn't say that Heart were underrated. They were huge in the late '70s, and a lot of their fans started to think they were getting too poppy in the '80s, so it became hip to mock them in some circles. I think everyone enjoyed their self-titled album, and "What About Love" remains my favorite Heart song. I do think they became a little too middle-of-the-road as time went on, like around the time of "Brigade." When they started doing all those crappy Diane Warren songs. I don't know what made them abandon doing all original material. I mean these are the girls who wrote "Magic Man" for God's sake!

Scott said...

Ooh, Diane Warren... someday I'll do a post on her... her best and worst songs ever... guess which list will be longer?

BeckEye said...

Worst: "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing." Not even just the worst Diane Warren song, one of THE worst songs ever written, recorded and inflicted on the public.