[HOT ROCKIN' METAL GODDESS] Friday, August 12, 2011 11:19:39 AM
I totally agree HB. I don't know what the promoters did over there to promote the Priest tour, but in the States it SUCKS!! I have run in to several people that are Priest fans that didn't even know they were doing a farewell tour! As soon as I told them where and when they were playing they bought tickets. So someone needs to get the word out or they will be playing to half filled arenas over here as well. I've always believed that was part of Priest's problem as well - advertising and promotion.
2 sad thoughts there. first that most people chose maiden, which is sad but true. second that ticket prices are such that you cant go to 2 shows in one month. I know the economy is crap right now, but if the prices would suport attendance it might be better.
Eternal Betrayer wrote:
I think one of the main problems of the poor attendances at UK shows was the fact that Iron Maiden were touring at the same time. They played the day after Priest in Glasgow, and a few days after them in Newcastle too.
It pains me to say it, but for the majority of metal fans Iron Maiden are going to come first.
However, there were apparently 25,000 fans at the High Voltage festival in London, which isn't so bad, and certainly backs up the idea that the band are thinking about carrying on with mainly festival appearences after the Epitaph tour is concluded.
I read the review and it sounds great. However, I didn't say the band were poor, in fact they got a good review in the local press. My post was concerned with the poor attendance.
1700 tickets sold for a venue that holds 12,000 is not good. Wolverhampton Civic holds around 3,000 so we're talking about a venue that is a quarter of the size of Newcastle Arena. If JP had played a similar sized venue in Newcastle, it would have been just over half full.
Maybe the promoter should be asked a few questions as Newcastle has a long history of supporting rock bands. I saw Rush at the arena in May and it was full, despite no new album.
Maiden played on Saturday and again, it was full, so tickets can be sold.
I also heard that the attendance for Glasgow was poor...perhaps they were booked into the wrong venues.