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  1. I get to see them next week, very unexpectedly. Can't wait!
  2. Is anyone checking this out? I'm going on the Saturday but not Sunday due to the Bills home opener. I have an extra room at a nice rate that is close by, if anyone is interested!
  3. Saturday September 28 : Craft beer tour, campout at The Ashwood, live music by Cherry Garcia Band Sunday September 29: Lake Huron shoreline drive, brunch at Renegades Diner, with the big car show and live music in Clan Gregor Square from 10 - 4 https://www.facebook.com/events/1944092788970197/ Last year there were almost 200 VW's of all sorts and vintages. Crafts for the kids, and great local food Anyone from around these parts is welcome to camp out in my backyard or in your van at The Rabbit Hole!
  4. Booche, I also have a pair for sale. Figured I could get my brother to come up but then I went and splurged on other things.
  5. The Lefsetz Letter today was pretty good: The Metallica Ticket Fracas Bob Lefsetz I'm shocked, positively shocked I tell you, that Metallica was caught scalping its own tickets. What kind of bizarre business do we have where ticketing is opaque and every customer can't sit in the front row for fifty bucks? Come on kids, not only does scalping your own tickets go back generations, it's been proven ever since the digital era that the concert ticket industry doesn't want to explain itself to the hoi polloi, never mind a government that can't understand it and is always one step behind, like Ticketmaster is with the bots. The truth is scalpers provide a service. And in this case, the scalper LOST MONEY! Sure, the scalper got good tickets, but he also had to take bad ones. Kinda like the days of cut-outs, when retailers had to take the bad with the good, hoping the good would sell enough to cover the cost. But the real truth is customers no longer care. They understand the game. And it's only the once a year people and the nitwits complaining. And once you pay attention to the nitwits, the one percent that is vocal, the tail is wagging the dog and you've lost control of your business. Unless you're a pop star, probably with an evanescent fan base, depending upon whether you have a hit, there's this belief that the acts and its fans are in it for the long term and must respect each other. Ergo, fan club ticketing. You want your fans to be taken care of. And if you don't...there is blowback. However no one has been able to quantify that blowback, because certain individuals complain so loudly and others don't at all. And speaking of the blowback, not only are we not living in the twentieth century, we're not even living in the aughts, and if no one amplifies a story, it doesn't spread and it dies. You may not know what I'm talking about right now. And I won't even bother to include a link, let's see how interested you are in Googling and reading a couple of thousand words... I doubt it, you just don't care enough, you're paying attention to much more important issues, those that interest you and those relating to the nation at large. Furthermore, understanding the modern paradigm, no one is blowing this story up. Everybody is remaining silent. Live Nation, Metallica, the individuals involved. Unless you pour gasoline on the fire, it dies out. And people move on. The story is lost in the endless river of information that overwhelms everybody on earth. Meanwhile, the guy who released the taped phone call, Vaughn Millette, broke the code, and only for his own purposes. He will be shunned for it, the same way Kirsten Gillibrand has been for kicking Al Franken out of the Senate. It's a club I tell you, and you don't want to break the norms unless you're willing to be frozen out. And how do you think Live Nation pays so much money, and beats other promoters for the tour.? This is how that additional money is made! It's a negotiation between the promoter and the act. Someone's got to pay the freight. And the act is in control. This is one of the greatest subterfuges of all time. Everybody believes it's Ticketmaster, acting independently, when the truth is Ticketmaster just does what the act wants, Ticketmaster takes the heat for the act. Fans just cannot believe their favorites are about the money when they're about the music. But we're not living in 1969 anymore folks, no one is saying music should be free. As for the Napster era, that was a result of a technological change that caught the purveyors off guard. They kicked and screamed and then changed their business model. Now if concert tickets weren't moving, this wouldn't be happening. But demand is insane. And the truth is everybody wants an inside connection, everybody wants to buy tickets on THEIR terms. Who knows what you'll be doing in six months when the date plays? Better to buy from StubHub or a scalper just before the date. And the price can go down, as it did for some seats in this transaction. You want to take risk off the table, especially with stadium dates. You want guaranteed money in the bank. And the media has demonized paperless and the fans hate it because they can't scalp the tickets themselves and...oftentimes it turns out there isn't such hot demand anyway, that the on sale, where the bots go crazy, heats up the market beyond reality. And you like that Amex or Citi gives you advance chance. And no one is publicizing the number of tickets actually available on the on sale date, often de minimis. And now we've got platinum if you really want to sit in the front row, or close thereto. Superfans can pay. I'm not telling you all of the above is good, I'm just telling you it's the way that it now is. And both bands and fans have adjusted to it. You're always gonna get people complaining. But the truth is if this was really news, it would go viral. But it hasn't, not yet. As for the agitators... Do you think you're entitled to a BMW at KIA prices? Furthermore, the people buying from the scalper are willing to pay the freight, they're not complaining. One can even argue they're doing the fans a favor, making the rest of the seats cheaper. And the truth is acts never scalp the very best tickets, because they want their fans up close and personal. Will there ever be sunshine in the ticketing business? When acts are not worried about appearing greedy and every show is a guaranteed sell-out with no transferability and no uplift. And if you think that's gonna happen... You're dreaming.
  6. The last three pages here are pretty funny, as people talk about what each theater's "scene" was like: https://www.phantasytour.com/bands/phish/threads/4544597/embarrassing-theater-stories-from-tonight I missed it, I will have to wait for the inevitable VOD drop.
  7. That was fabulous. Thanks for posting!
  8. I can't believe I didn't see you at Mohegan Todd! I felt like I saw dozens of people I didn't even know were going. Glad you enjoyed it, I loved the whole package of the venue, casino, quick room access, food options, no driving etc. To be fair to the rugged vets, I have not ever been to Vegas, let alone Vegas for Phish so my mind was on total overload the whole time. As for Phish, I saw them play 3 out of 4 consecutive shows over 6 nights (no Night 2 Fenway for me) and I didn't see them play tour stalwarts like Tweezer, 2001, Harry Hood, Mike's Song (maybe the oddest since I got 2 [?] Weekapaugs, Split Open and Melt, Carini, Down w Disease, Fluffhead, Divided Sky, as well as so many others that are somewhat frequent like NICU, Funky Bitch etc. I, for one, loved hearing the new music and watching a band oozing with creativity and with a renewed fervour that I can't recall from any 35 year old band. Some of my highlights included the newest songs like Beneath a Set of Stars, Everything's Right, Say it to me S.A.N.T.O.S, Mercury, More, and I really loved I've Always Wanted it That Way. Since Rochester 99, I think that is the smallest venue I have seen them play and all of the the preshow reports of "not a bad seat in the house" were totally accurate. We sat in the third row of the stands behind Kuroda night 1 and were on the floor for night 2 (next to Isbella Anastastio and her crew- weird) about 30 rows back in the middle. Sound, lights (except for those red security lights in the hallways behind the 100 level partition), and crowd energy were perfect. The crowd night 1 was like NYE levels of energy, I think the sunrise patio parties took a bit of wind out of the sails of night 2. Mohegan was a party of epic proportions. If they have us back you can be sure I'll be there again. And for those who opted to not go due to the tight ticket situation, let me tell you that if you were at all, even minimally connected, tickets were readily available. But overall, I do doubt that will happen because due to the double booking of Phish and a girls dance competition. I have seen a couple of horrible reviews from those dance parents - not surprising. But what was surprising is that I did also hear a lot of folks complaining that they didn't serve alcohol past 1am and started confiscating alcohol by 2am at the outside parties. Seriously though it was 2am on a Tuesday in CT and Phish threw down unexpectedly until midnight. My opinion is that if you need that last drink late night, keep your head about you and do it discretely or just go up to any number of party rooms. Security was dealing with nitrous tanks and zombies everywhere (in my experience this was happening even at 1020am when I was heading down for breakfast), a crowd that was not respectful of other guests at the resort, and was just generally raging. Also it was really interesting that people complained about beers being taken away while many joints and even lines were being consumed in front of said security, who only wanted to maintain the casino liquor license and told us so at every turn. "Ladies and gentleman from the Big Cypress Indian Reserve, The Phish!"
  9. There are all kinds of rumors flying around about Chris and Rich talking again leading to the inevitable TBC reunion talk.
  10. Sure I remember it but it doesn't even stick in my mind as a music festival. Ain't no shame in that I guess, considering it was just Ja Rule and Blink 182 and some djs. That would be like calling the alley behind Queen St W an art gallery because there is a Banksy there
  11. Wasn't at all a dig on you, I just like the word Poughkeepsie.
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