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Just heard announced there are still $1000 tickets 8th row, center for Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Eagles in LA! Snatch those up! Just where we wanting - really will be 'Running on Empty' in the "Hotel California". Also cancelled Sting, etc in NY and cancelled Jewel in Alaska. More people are GI than we realize me thinks.

-- Sheri (wncy2k@nccn.net), December 15, 1999


Even if they aren't a GI, I personally don't know anyone who would pay more than $50 to attend a concert. I know some teens who would *like* to go to that, but none of them have that kind of money.

-- (ladybuckeye_59@yahoo.com), December 15, 1999.

Thanks, Lady Buckeye, for putting a resounding ka-bosh on the 'bend' of this story. The lackluster sales are due in large part to the get-rich-quick schemes of promoters. I would doubt that y2k fears are the root of the problem. Everyone wants to make a buck off of the date rollover.....why,.....just look at the doom prognosticators. Still pitching their wares.

Anyway, Billy Joel is playing NYC.

If Bad Company reunites for a special New Year's Eve show in this neck of the woods, I'll be there, too.

-- Bad Company (johnny@shootingstar.com), December 15, 1999.

Bah! Bad Company, what a terrible band! Mick Ralphs should have stayed with Mott The Hoople, the world would be a better place.

-- Ludi (ludii@rolling.com), December 15, 1999.

$1000 a ticket for Jackson Browne? Are you sure you didn't forget the decimal point? $10.00 a ticket perhaps (still overpriced, but at least it is a little more reasonable).

-- Butt Nugget (catsbutt@umailme.com), December 15, 1999.

according to yesterday's NY Times, Wall Street investment banks have set aside $13 Billion dollars for holiday bonuses. Eat your heart out, commoners!

-- Spidey (free@last.Amen), December 15, 1999.

My niece refuses to go to SF for the New Years with her boyfriend because of potential trouble.

From The Sacramento Bee, Dec 14, 1999, WWW.SACBEE.COM, headlines, Many shrug at Y2K but get ready. Field Poll, Serious problems...4%, Somewhat serious...23%, Not too serious...44%, Not at all serious...25%.

"Just to be safe" seems to be a common mantra as the year 2000 approaches."

-- Mark Hillyard (foster@inreach.com), December 15, 1999.

The average ticket to a symphony orchestra is around 30 dollars. The music is many times better, more than four chords are used! There is an inverse relationship between the amount of money you pay and the real talents or genius of the artist, or whether they even create anything at all. The richest pop star in the world is Madonna, who has never written as much as a single note of her songs.

The finest musician ever produced by Western civilization is J.S. Bach. His work is the apotheosis of the polyphonic, tonal system that developed in the West and has come to dominate the music of the world. There isn't any trend in tonal music, even in our own era, that is not presaged in the music of Bach. It is difficult to overestimate the huge sweep and spiritual power of Bach's music.

At his death, he left his wife a dining room table, two beaten up harpsichords and some viols, and a few bottles of wine. He never made any money on royalties, his life's work was left to us free of charge.

There will be performances of his Christmas cantatas and other works all over the world. If you really want to check out the finest the past millenium has to offer for New Year's, and you're on a budget, I highly recommend it.

-- Forrest Covington (theforrest@mindspring.com), December 15, 1999.

Or go stand on Temple Square in Salt Lake City any night around 7 pm just before Christmas. Several years ago, I heard the Canadian Brass with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir -- I would've paid money for that concert, but I heard it for free from the square! You're so right -- opportunites to hear excellent music at low cost abound, something we need to keep in mind for the recession. I'm already trying to wean the young people I know away from the garbage that plays on most radio stations.

-- (ladybuckeye_59@yahoo.com), December 15, 1999.

A new years eve concert with Jackson Browne, The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt!?!!?! I'd rather hang out with CPR at a nuke plant.

(I would pay $1000 to See Bach do his greatest hits.)

-- number six (!@!.com), December 15, 1999.

I love Bach! Bach's "Air Suite" (I forget the precise title) was apparently the prime influence behind one of my favorite songs, Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale."

Just give me a little time and I'll figure out some way to tie this post to Y2K.

-- eve (123@4567.com), December 15, 1999.


also O.T.,but are you going to be "New Year's eve" in a few weeks?

-- Sara Nealy (keithn@aloha.net), December 15, 1999.

Whats wrong with Jackson Brown and the Eagles? That would be a great show. Don't care for Linda Ronstadt but would tolerate the music to see 2 other great performances.

-- Village Idiot (BAMECW@aol.com), December 15, 1999.

Whats wrong with Jackson Browne and the Eagles? That would be a great show. Don't care for Linda Ronstadt but would tolerate the music to see 2 other great performances.

-- Village Idiot (BAMECW@aol.com), December 15, 1999.

Hi, Sara,

Good one! But you know, now that I think about it, I suspect that some of my friends, along with both of my parents, are probably already using a nickname something like this, about me, when I'm not around. And I can just see them rolling their eyes upward at the same time.

-- eve (123@4567.com), December 15, 1999.

I like Bach too and would love to go to one of his concerts however I was crushed to hear he was dead............

I was under the impression that he was living in Russia.....as evidenced by John and Pauls song "Bach in the U.S.S.R........"

Number 9, Number 9, Number 9............

-- Craig (craig@ccinet.ab.ca), December 15, 1999.

I agree that music does satisfy the savage soul. There is nothing grander than stnding on a hilltop hearing those wonderful sounds emanating from your hand as you shake from side to side that ole' Colt .45 automatic. Such a beautiful sound. It takes me back in history.

-- Sgt. Rock (meme@me.me), December 15, 1999.


Saturday December 11 12:57 PM EST

Millennium Concerts Plagued by Y2K Glitch

Seems like only yesterday our nation's citizenry was panic-stricken by the prospect of the millennium--terrified of not being able to score seats to the top concerts, worried of being left out of the hot spots for champagne cork-popping.

Well, welcome to today: Apparently fed up with the hype (not to mention astronomical ticket prices), most folks will be spending New Year Eve's at home, according to a recent survey by Time magazine. In fact, what may be a boon for Dick Clark, the survey said, 72 percent of Americans aren't planning anything special at all.

This is all very bad news for the rock 'n' roll set.

"For a lot of people, this is just another New Year's Eve," says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, a trade magazine of the concert industry. "A lot of this hype was just created by the media."

With the year 2000 just weeks away, pricey tickets are still available for nearly all of the supposedly hottest concerts. According to Bongiovanni, people just aren't willing to pay-- millennium or not.

"The problem isn't the big names, the problem is the big ticket prices," he says. "I think people overestimated the public's willingness to pay high ticket prices for the privilege of going out New Year's Eve. Any time you start charging ticket prices in the hundreds, much less thousands, of dollars, you're greatly limiting the potential size of your audience."

Among the still-open shows:

* "Piano Man" Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden concert in New York. Cost: $375 and $299.

* Parrothead Jimmy Buffett's concert at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater. Cost: $500.

* Soon-to-be retired diva Celine Dion's chest-thumping show at Montreal's Molson dome. Cost: $500.

* The Eagles concert, featuring Jackson Browne and Linda Rondstadt, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Cost: $350-$1,000. (Concert promoters say they are anticipating a sell-out here.)

* The Metallica, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent hard-rock bonanza at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. Cost: $29.50 'N Sync's Hawaiian celebration in Honolulu. Cost: $65.

* And don't forget the slew of stars that scrapped plans altogether after facing less-than-stellar ticket sales. In New York, the so- called Celebration 2000 Party of the Century featuring the superstar likes of Sting, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Enrique Iglesias, Chuck Berry, Tom Jones, among others, was canceled. The $1,000-$2,500 admission fees for the dusk-to-dawn soiree apparently sunk the ship.

* Folkie singer Jewel also nixed her New Year's Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska. She blamed possible Y2K glitches, but at the time of the cancellation, more than 6,000 seats were still unsold.

Other Y2K Eve casualties include Michael Jackson, who was scheduled to do millennium shows in both in Honolulu and Sydney, and the hard rockers of Creed, who were set to usher in 2000 from Florida.

Barbra Streisand is one of the only stars who's actually packing a house for Y2K. The diva's high-priced (up to $2,500-a-seat) December 31 concert at Las Vegas' MGM Grand is completely sold out. A second concert on January 1 is well on its way to boffo sales, as well.

"Las Vegas is one of the hottest destinations in the world and Barbra Streisand is one of the most popular entertainers of the century," explains MGM Grand spokesperson Shelley Mansholt. "I think it has to do with who she is and her name. Obviously she does not perform frequently."

Aside from the whole Streisand phenomenon, Bongiovanni has a simple explanation for the audiences' stay-at-home mood.

"People are not stupid. They know when they're getting gouged," he says. "With that kind of money, you can do a lot of things."


-- Linkmeister (link@librarian.edu), December 15, 1999.

Actually, my favorite group of all time is The Band. And even now, the mere mention of Robbie Robertson alone makes my heart go all-aflutter.

Hey, I've got it! The Band did the movie "The Last Waltz."

"The Last Waltz" was about the Band's final concert on a New Year's Eve.

The biggest New Year's Eve of all is Y2K.

I did it! I tied it in! So, sysops, this post can't be deleted now. Right?

-- eve (123@4567.com), December 15, 1999.

Sorry, "is Y2K" should have read "is the eve of Y2K." In the sheer excitement of my discovery I typed it up and pushed "submit" a little too quickly.

-- eve (123@4567.com), December 15, 1999.

Me too - love the bad! Sad to hear about Rick Danko's death. ANd I LOVE Robbie Robertson too - I suppose you have his 2 CDs - Music for the Native Americans and the other one, my brain can't remember at the moment.

-- Sheri (wncy2k@nccn.net), December 15, 1999.

Hey Forrest, ya forgot a little sumpin else Bach left his wife.

23 kids!

Last we heard anyway. Have heard as many as 31 ... 2 wives, etc.
Don't know the "final" agreed-upon historical # :-)

Prolific in bed and with his pen.

For the solo string player, Bach is the ultimate joy to play :-)

-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (allaha@earthlink.net), December 15, 1999.


After The Band broke up, I kind of lost track of Robbie, although I knew he was part Native American and was becoming very interested in getting back to his roots with his new music. I did see him do something on TV with his new group, and I was very impressed; that was actually several years ago. Of course I loved seeing him, but the music somehow didn't quite get me going the way The Band did. But you've really got me thinking -- maybe I'll go take a look at those CDs...

Yes, I read about Rick Danko -- very sad; he had such a beautifully expressive voice; and there was a real genuineness about him.

-- eve (123@4567.com), December 15, 1999.

I am lucky, my husband is as "multi"-talented as Bach. He will be performing live for my enjoyment on New Years. FREE. Thank goodness we got him the Acoustic 6 & 12 strings. His Electric's may not come in handy next year. Santa will be slipping into his stocking a "hoard" of new strings, he has been a very good boy this year. ;-)

I would post an open invite to all the wonderful people here, but I know everyone will be snuggled down in their own homes surrounded by loved ones....wondering what tomorrow will bring.

-- getting_sappy (karlacalif@aol.com), December 15, 1999.


Robbie Robertson's 1st solo album is self-titled. It has an incredible opening song called "Fallen Angel", a duet with Peter Gabriel. It also has the song "Broken Arrow" that Rod Stewart was later to bring to popularity (while totally butchering it in the process). Great album, IMHO!!!

John Ludi, Musician, writer, freak.

-- Ludi (ludi@rollin.com), December 15, 1999.

Ludi, you broke my heart with your comment about Badco. Paul Rodgers IS playing on New Year's Eve in the pacific Northwest.

Oh, and of course, KISS is in action...I think it's in Las Vegas.

I can see why you're not a Badco fan if you're a Band fan, though. Much different styles, and Rodgers can sing...point blank, live or in studio.

thanks for the laugh. I figure you'll be telling me next that Rodgers shoulda quit right after Free broke up.

-- Bad Company (johnny@shootingstar.com), December 15, 1999.


Thanks for the info; now I really can't wait to check out his post- "The Band" material.

By the way I just read about the tremendous influence The Band had on Eric Clapton. The article centered on Rick Danko and was in today's Wall Street Journal, of all places!

-- eve (123@4567.com), December 15, 1999.

Bad Company,

I just didn't get into too much of the "macho" rock stuff...I was more into Prog and Art Rock and Fusion during that era. Sorry, I didn't mean to break your heart...but you should check out the original version of "Ready for Love" by Mott The Hoople, Ralphs sings the lead and it's got a whole different feel to it...a really depressing song and not at all radio-friendly.

John Ludi, King of Pomposity.

-- Ludi (ludi@rollin.com), December 15, 1999.

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