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New Zealand show cancelled

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[Defender Stu] Saturday, August 16, 2008 5:04:55 PM 
It would be nice of Judas priest to attempt to email as many of their new zealand fans as possible to apoloagise. Though i very much doubt it was the band members fault at all. I went for a couple of months thinking i was going to meet them in melbourne and they just cancelled my VIP for "logistical reasons". I'm glad they are still coming but i did notice that a simular "explanation" was given for the the new zealand concert. I wish the'd just give real reasons for things.
[Scott Gavin] Friday, August 01, 2008 6:51:55 PM 
Have gold standing tickets [ well they're booked anyway] for Sydney, will book flights and accomodation when Wife and I next get paid, or we could start rowing now! Thanks to those of you who sent private messages of condolence. Its like there's been a death in the Family! [ yeah, the credit card!]. Will miss the hourly plugs for the Priest concert on Radio Hauraki - but won't listen to them again - traitors! Rock on.
P.s. Angry Rocker, was it the Sydney show you were going to?
[Scott Gavin] Friday, August 01, 2008 6:40:43 PM 
Thought I was the only Kiwi on here, nice to know I'm not 'Alone'. I feel pretty sure they didn't sell enough tickets. I reckon Dainty Entertainment said, well lets put an Auckland date out there and if we can shift say 4000/5000 tickets by the 30th of July then its a go show. My bet [ and knowing Kiwi rock fans tend to wait till the last minute] is that they had probably sold about 1800/2000 tickets and Dainty got cold feet. Unfortunately they would never have filled Vector Arena, with the stage at one end , thats still about 10,000 tickets, I figure they would have done about 5000/6000 like Kiss at the Supertop in 97. In the dark, they probably would've been alright. I mean most other veteran acts coming down here play the Logan Campbell centre, which only takes about 3000. Can't see them fitting a stage show in there. No, I think this was a one off punt to see if there was a market here, and there wasn't. Didn't help that Disturbed anounced a huge multi-act show for two nights after, or that Def Leppard tickets went on sale a few days later. The Hauraki guys are wankers, they've never played a Priest song in the 20 years I've listened to them [ on and off, they're so repetitive], playing 'another thing comin' in the background as you cancel the show doesn't count. No, Sydneys my only shot, I'll be sure to let you know how it went, and which organs I sold to pay for it. I don't imagine they'll sell out any Australian shows either, plenty of tickets on sale, but cities like Sydney are that much bigger [ although Brisbane and Perth aren't!]
[guidogodoy] Friday, August 01, 2008 10:15:04 AM 
That is some dedication, my friend. At the same time I give my heartfelt condolences for all those affected by cancelled JP concerts, I applaud your efforts. THAT is a fan!

Please do post as to how things went when it is all said and done.
[SmellyStuff] Friday, August 01, 2008 3:57:34 AM 
Christ, my greatest fear was that the reason Priest cancelled was because they didn't sell enough tickets. That's obviously not the case if what you said is true but I genuinely hope you enjoy your trip to Australia!

Unfortunately, a part time student like me just simply cannot afford to spend $2k+ on flying over to Australia for one night for a concert, no matter how good the band is (Priest is my favourite band) so it was a dream come true when I heard that Priest were performing in Auckland! I really hope they come back here again but for some reason I doubt it will happen.

Edit: The Hauraki Insider implies that it was due to a lack of ticket sales. Poor show from Hauraki. Here's what they said about the matter.

"* Translation they didn't listen to the boss who told them they wouldn't sell enough tickets. Lets face it people weren't actually sleeping out overnight to be first in when the tickets went on sale."

Poor show IMO by Hauraki. For all the shameless plugging as well as insincere bullshit from their hosts like "I've always been a huge Priest fan but never had the chance to play any of their stuff on the radio" they did when they announced Priest were coming, it's appalling to see them so quickly flinging shit at Priest

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[Scott Gavin] Friday, August 01, 2008 3:09:20 AM 
Hey guys, really appreciate your thoughts. When we first heard they were finally coming to NZ my wife said she had never seen me so happy, that I was walking on air. [ which is true, as we are under considerable stress right now, economy wise]. Something was not right the whole way through though. For one thing, there was never a link through this site for tickets, the only date like that except Korea. Second, no VIP tickets. Third, the floor was all standing when all the comparable venues in Australia are partially seated. Fourth,the ticket prices were the same as Australia, when once converted they should have been higher. Fifth, the Auckland date was added about two weeks after the Australian shows were on sale [ and once I'd begun planning a trip to OZ!]. Finally [ although I'm missing something I'm sure!], you'll notice the New Zealand date has dissapeared from the tour schedule alltogether, it doesn't say cancelled like Croatia etc, just dissapeared [ insert X-Files theme here!].
I'm gutted, suspicious .... and going to Sydney, 'cos I just bought a ticket for my wife and I , 'cos lifes too fucking short and Rob's 57! You only live once right! Wil be the first time our baby daughter has been without us overnight and its a big outlay [ nearly $2000 - seeing as we've already lost our non-refundable luxury hotel night in Auckland!] especially for about 30 hours overseas, but I swore black and blue, that if Priest ever made it as far down as Australia [ less than 3hr flight] I'd go, well, we're going, even if it means our kids won't eat till Christmas [ actually they wanna go too!]. Thanks all, the mystery deepens [ Ticketmaster told me they'd sold heaps of tickets, so who knows]
[Head banger] Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:49:15 AM 
I wonder if someone forgot the date change going that way, and they lost a day.  still, I would have thought that getting the gear from vegas to nz in 5 days could be done.  even if you drive it to LAX, it could leave the morning of the second,  and be there by the end of the 4th.  guess we will never know the full on why and wherefore's but its a sad day for all of NZ
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[.] Thursday, July 31, 2008 1:29:15 AM 

5 airplane tickets, basic gear and rent the rest for the day. 
Surely those attending would have a great time regardless of the stage set....?
I think it was the weight of Rob Halford's costumes that was the freight problem. Either that or they can't seem to get his studded outfits to pass the security screening upon entry into the country           .... ... ......

I can relate not being able to see my favorite band....

[Justin Kenny] Wednesday, July 30, 2008 4:20:02 PM 
Just read that bit of news Scott...truly dreadful news...especially for an area of the world that seems to wait an eternity for their favorite entertainers to come around!

The news post suggested it was due to logistics and freight it a cost thing?     I'm sure it's not exactly cheap to hork around all that equipment and shit from place to place...but does it make that much of a difference with NZ??    

I'm just wondering...
[Scott Gavin] Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:39:17 PM 
My dreaded fear has been realised. Priest have cancelled their Auckland show on Sept 7th. Must say I'm crushed, [ although I had a gut feeling this was going to happen]. Always thought they would be hard pressed to fill an arena here, or even to get here after the Vegas show a few days before. Biggest bummer is my wife and I booked a room at the Hotel we thought they would be staying at in the hope our paths might cross. Can't cancel that. AAaarrrggghhh !!
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