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Some Patti Smith... to go with a glass of bubbly?

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 7:10 am
by kas
Patti Smith is currently booked to play two gigs in Helsinki. Out of my price range at the moment, which is too bad for me. But never mind old me. I had to read the ad again when I noticed that not only are the gigs booked at the brand new and shiny Custom-made-for-Classical music hall, but there are "exclusive offer" tickets available with a glass of champagne and some savoury and sweet delicacies included in the price.

Ok, if you want. But Patti "The Godmother of Punk" Smith?! I wonder what her reaction was...

Oh, and Lucinda Williams just played at the other big music hall here. With a similar ticket deal available. Champagne stains on a gravel road?

(And in case you were wondering, I am not putting the blame on the artists, I know they have little say on tour details like this. But surely even a presently affluent middle class punter could leave his or her acquired comfort zone for the evening, if (s)he's going to hear singers like these two. Sting I can understand but...)

Re: Some Patti Smith... to go with a glass of bubbly?

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:23 am
by AndyM
Depends on how good the champagne is!!

Actually, I think it's about age as much as class. The 17-year-old me who first heard Patti would have sneered at this, but these days it doesn't seem quite so ghastly. Then again, a lot of live music audiences are full of middle-aged punters pretending they're still 17 for a couple of hours.

Re: Some Patti Smith... to go with a glass of bubbly?

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:36 am
by Chris P

Re: Some Patti Smith... to go with a glass of bubbly?

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 9:40 am
by Adam Blake
Loved the interview but I was saddened to see the ticket prices for her shows. I used to enjoy saying that Patti Smith was one of the very few artists left that I would put my money down at the box office for. But I WON'T pay it. I won't pay upwards of fifty quid, or eighty for the South Bank.

I know, I know, it's the business. Record sales are in the toilet, gig fees are the only pot of gold at the end of the rainbow left for artists like Patti, and it's not like the despicable greed of The Rolling Stones. But with that much invested, it becomes too important to enjoy oneself, too important to deny that so-and-such might have done a lousy show. It's exclusive and it's bad for creativity. Patti of all people should appreciate that.

Re: Some Patti Smith... to go with a glass of bubbly?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:41 pm
by will vine
Adam Blake wrote: and it's not like the despicable greed of The Rolling Stones.

I find myself using the Phrase "I don't know whether to laugh or cry" a hell of a lot lately. The news that The Stones are now trying to protect their image/screw more money out of the promoters for the Glastonbury tv nonsense just leaves me reeling.

I used to love them,
but it's all over now.

Serve 'em right to get upstaged by Bruce Forsyth or better still Molotov Jukebox (who're great fun).

Re: Some Patti Smith... to go with a glass of bubbly?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:48 pm
by will vine
Related matters (sort of)........

Mick Jagger has said he's probably going to camp at Glastonbury - sort of getting down on the floor with the kids.

Meanwhile, I notice that WOMAD is offering la di dah loos c/w. a range of toiletries for your comfort and delight, also a range of pillows and sleeping bags.

I guess Glastonbury sold out in minutes again but if you take a newspaper here in the u.k. you must be on very familiar terms with the large advertisements for The Cropredy Festival which seem to have been cajoling us ever since Christmas. Why does Cropredy insist on having such a weird and crappy bill every year ?