Radiohead is under no obligation to be fan friendly, but when that fan unfriendlinest makes it's way to a superstar, you may have lost a long term opportunity. Many of the thirty million! people worldwide who went to see Hannah Montana: The Movie, will now dislike radiohead. It's like snubbing the President of the United States and expecting there wouldn't be a lot of ill will. If someone tells me they like radiohead, I tell them radiohead sucks and if you like them then you suck! I don't mind getting into a brawl about it either.
Excuse the Disney reference but you may be onto something with the Portland/Detriot difficulties. Demi Lovata, an up and coming (she's no Miley!) Disney star, did a national tour in which she had to CANCEL her Portland and Detroit dates! Maybe that's what she gets for trying to fill the Rose Garden instead of a smaller venu, but her stage setup probably required an arena.
Miley also talks about being forced to sit alone at lunch because school officials, after conflicts, mandated seating to be fixed following a certain day. On that day, Miley was snubbed, school rules setting that snub in stone. People might not believe that's too bad, but think about it. Forcing a Drama Major to sit alone each day at lunch is, emotionally, the equivalent of Waterboarding!!! Ask drama majors.
I would like to point out that all the kids desperate to get into Miley's Best of Both Worlds Tour were absolutely right, in that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. All the people who didn't understand what the big deal was turned out to be clueless.
For her now named Wonder World Tour, she played only two "Hannah Montana" songs: Let's get crazy, and Spotlight, both from Hannah Montana: The Movie. The rest were from her Breakout album or her Time of our Lives EP. Plus, she threw in a cover of "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett. The song proved to be a good choice as everyone in the arena knew it including, I was surprised to see, small children.
As an older fan, I constantly have to battle peoples perception of Miley. She is basically a rocker chic. Her dad got all kinds of grief in country music because, coming from a bar band backround, he liked combining country music with Rock and Roll, an effort praised by Rolling Stone Magazine. Everone in her family older than her has tattoos. Her brother Trace, who she loves like crazy, plays alternative Rock. He opened her show for her.
It's just that she works for Disney (for now.) You don't go to a kid's party and sing Helter Skelter, you sing Happy Birtday to You.
This tour will probably be the last chance to hear some of her pop style music if you like it. I predict her next tour will be almost entirely Rock and Roll with some Ballads thrown in.
Despite an abbreviated rehearsal period, the show seemed to go off without a hitch.
However, since this was her first tour date, AEG or whoever was in charge of selling Merch, underestimated the demand. People who like to buy their Merchandise after the concert ran into sellouts of posters, keychains, some sizes of some T-shirts, and briefly, Programs, though more of those were brought in. Also, the crowd for Merch was so big some parents gave up and left. You would think that four staff members per Merch station would be enough, but they could have used five.
The concert was basiclly full all the way to the top, but either the experiment with paperless ticketing, or the economy kept every seat in the arena from being a full.
(Demi Lovato [Disney] had to cancel tour dates in Portland and Detroit, two areas with the worst unemployment.) Everyone who wanted to get in could, but just barely.
Oftentimes scalpers will scoop up tickets from the Drop (last days sales of tickets previously held for comping) to make a concert a technical sellout, but with paperless ticketing, they couldn't. The scalpers were reduced to one group/family buying unwanted comp tickets to resell. So overall, paperless ticketing met it's goal of keeping ticket sales more affordable for the fans if your ticket sales meet or beat expectations. Scalpers to the Jonas Brothers concert at the Rose Garden took a bath as there were lots of tickets available, so the scalpers actually helped the Jonas Brothers ticket sales without hurting the fans. Of course the JB's would have preferred to sell more tickets.
Because of the challenging economy in Portland though, tickets at the top of the arena for Miley's concert were discounted in september. I say it's because of the Portland economy because her other tour dates are veritably sold out without discounts. The sold out thing is usually a kind of publicity game anyway, as their are all kinds of ticketing issues. For example, single tickets for any show will almost always be available due to how they are sold by computer. Artists always hold back too many comp tickets so they don't have to tell friends or VIP's no. Resellers; the ability of the venue to add seats, etc.
With a few extra tickets for the portland show available, a bunch of tickets were given away to the Oregon Cancer Association. They were near the box office giving away tickets, if necessary, to panicked parents who couldn't get in. One women with two kids was $35 short of the scalpers asking price, but the OCA stepped in and gave her three. I thought that was a nice touch.
Miley has always supported cancer treatment and research as her grandfather and another close relative died from it. Her first tour generated about a million dollars for the City of Hope Cancer treatment and research center. Her sweet 16 party at Disneyland raised exactly one million dollars for the center, and for her current tour, 75 cents from every ticket sale will go to Cancer treatment and research which should be over $750,000. She helps out in other ways also like make a wish, hospital visits, letter writing to patients, etc. I know she has raised more money than that also, but that's what I can remember without doing some research. She's active with other charities also.
I hope other people will extend to Miley at least a little of the good will she extends to others.
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