Refund? No Way, Sis!
Weird or rude off-the-cuff remarks from musicians on stage are nothing new. And they’re usually pretty disingeuous— do you really think Rob Thomas genuinely cares, “How ya doin’ tonight, Boise?” Those statements are innocuous enough, but there’s a lesson to be learned from an Oasis concert earlier this month in the U.K. — if you offer free money, people will take you up on it. During the concert, several technical problems caused the show to be delayed for around a half-hour. Guitarist Noel Gallagher reportedly told the crowd of around 70,000 that anyone who had their ticket stub could get a full refund due to the glitches. Surprisingly, only about 20,000 fans asked for their money back (either those are 50,000 hardcore fans or 50,000 people lost their tickets once inside). Gallagher has since gone on the band’s Web site to call the 20,000 refund-wanters “cheeky cunts,” noting that there wasn’t a “20,000 (person) gap in the crowd” once the show resumed.
The Boss Vs. Ticketmaster: Part 2
A few months back, we told you about a feud between Ticketmaster and Bruce Springsteen’s camp, stemming from Ticketmaster’s alleged practice of holding back the best seats at Bruce’s concerts in New Jersey to resell on its sister-outlet, TicketsNow at a much higher price. Ticketmaster called it a glitch, apologized and said it would never happen again. But following an article in The Newark Star-Ledger that accused The Boss of holding back many of the “best seats” for friends, family and industry folks, Ticketmaster’s Barry Diller told the New York Post the accusations were “fair-minded.” Bruce’s legendary manager Jon Landau hit back with an extensive tirade on Springsteen’s Web site, accusing Ticketmaster of trying to divert its own problems. Landau contends that 95 percent of the so-called “best seats” were made available to the public.
Crazy, But Not About Eminem
The “blame the arts and culture” mentality in our society — where pundits scream about how music and other forms of media make people do stupid and/or crazy things — seems to ebb and flow. While we’re sure Bill and Rush and the rest of the gang still jump up and down about how Heavy Metal causes suicide and Rap music makes kids want gaudy jewelry, their voices have been a bit muted of late. But a tragic case in Arizona recently might just be enough to get even Tipper Gore back on the “music is detrimental to society” bandwagon. A man has told detectives that he was processed by the devil and Eminem lyrics when he stabbed his wife, 10-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son (only the son survived). Though the man reportedly said he recited the Eminem lyrics, “Here comes Satan, I’m the Antichrist, I’m going to kill you” before killing his wife, no such lyrical barbs exist in any of Eminem’s songs. Hmmm, maybe dude confused Em’s lyrics with The Bible?