Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What decade do I live in?

So you know how it sucks when your favourite band is touring, and at the very time that they're touring, you're going to be somewhere that is else?

That's pretty much how life is ALL the time in Australia. It takes a LOT for bands to tour here, because it's far and it's expensive to ship all their junk over here and - especially at the moment - it's quite hard for them to actually make a profit because the Australian dollar is currently worth MORE than the US dollar. Anyway, all of this means one thing: the last concert I went to was AC/DC in February 2010, and the ticket cost over $200 (not to mention the flight down from Canberra!). And about 90% of the reason I went was fear that every member of the band would drop dead at some point in the near future, and I would miss my chance to see them forever.

This is a really long winded way of saying "Bands don't tour here much".

Except that it seems that I'm wrong. Bands/artists DO tour here. It's just that they're all really ancient. I was talking to Sara the other day, and she was fangirling about how McFly are touring the UK next year. And that's what made me realise that the "Tickets now on sale!" emails I've been getting recently have been a little...outdated.

Based on a quick search of the two main ticket providers in Australia, here is a list of concerts happening in Melbourne in the next little while:
  • The Village People
  • Neil Young
  • Ringo Starr
  • Bryan Adams
  • Boyz II Men
  • Cliff Richard
  • Deep Purple and Journey (in the one concert!)
  • Barry Gibb
  • Black Sabbath
  • Elton John
  • Status Quo
  • KISS
  • Blondie (to be fair, I would seriously consider going to see Blondie. Because they're awesome)
  • Presidents of the United States of America
  • RICK FREAKING ASTLEY. Melbourne is about to get rick-rolled, y'all. 
Now, this is not to say that there aren't modern bands/artists touring to Melbourne. No no, Melbourne will also have the pleasure of concerts by NICKELBACK AND ONE DIRECTION. Kill me. Kill me now. 

Seriously, you guys. When did Australia become the dumping ground for tours by people not even my parents like?? 

Also, if you were forced at gunpoint to attend three of the concerts listed above, which three would you pick? 

K xx


  1. Blondie and Neil Young. There is absolutely no contest there.

    We get some pretty good bands in NZ, but most of them don't bother going further than Auckland, which is fine because they're usually the HUUUUGE gigs like Gaga and Coldplay, although it would have been nice to have Radiohead come to Welly :(

    I got to see Gomez, which is my fave band of EVER, last month in a small gig at the Opera House. We got up out of our seats and went to the front about three songs in and I WAS CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH BEN OTTWELL'S FOOT. So yeah, that pretty much explains the level of gig that I get excited about. The last one we had tickets to before that was QotSA which was cancelled, and we didn't go to the Black Keys a couple weeks ago because it was in the shitty venue where all the bands go when they outgrow the town hall.

    Ramble over.

    1. I think Wellington's a lot like Canberra is that respect - not enough people to warrant bands playing there. SIGH.

      To be fair, there are quite a lot of other big name bands touring here, just nothing that I would fork over $100+ to go and see, you know?

  2. Now, now...there's also Coldplay and Radiohead (spewing I missed out on them...though they're playing this wknd, maybe there's still some tickets left?) and...yes.



    But in the past 5yrs there have been plenty of awesome musicians/pop stars coming.

    Presidents of the USA...weren't they like a cross between Greenday and...Blink 182? In the mid-90s? Or am I imagining things?

    Now, on a totally unrelated note, started watching season 4 DVD of Dawson's earlier tonight (first two eppies)...ugh. UGH!! (I've had the season 4 DVDs for many years.) I know I've watched it before, but it never fails to piss me off anew how they decided to kick off the season with a surly(ish), insecure Pacey. And how there always has to be at least one fight between him and Joey (somehow tangentially related to Fivehead Dawsonosaurus). And am I the only one not pissed off that (a) Fivehead doesn't think HE needs to apologise for his assholish/controling/possessive/psychotic behaviour during What Went Down Last Spring (tm TWoP) -- and that only Pacey was calling him on all that bullshit at the end of season 3 and, to a sliiiiiightly lesser extent, Joey -- and (b) that Joey doesn't revert to her Old Joey roots of yore (season 1 Joey was snarkilicious and fabulous) to tell him, "Um, if you want to be MY friend you also have to be Pacey's friend because I won't have it any other way and, also, you were the biggest douchebag to both of us last spring and, as your friend, I really think you should know that that's bullshit, and I'm not gonna stand for it, nor will I stand for you treating Pacey like shit and like he doesn't exist."

    And yet...nooooo. They all coddled the Fivehead and handled him with a kid-glove, as if the whole freakin' universe revolved around him. (Then again, the size of his head IS planetary...)

    Why, but whyyyyy couldn't you and I have been writers on the show then?! (Well, sure, we were in our teens matter! :P)

    I'm so sorry about this stream-of-consciousness bull re. DC. To think I still care about all this crap TWELVE YEARS LATER (eeeeek), i.e. how Pacey got short-changed in season 4 and how Dawson never redeemed himself because he didn't think he was a major dicksmack end of season 3.

    ::goes to hide::



    1. When I said "[...] and, to a sliiiiiightly lesser extent, Joey" -- I should have taken out the "slightly". I mean, she called him on it once or twice, but she didn't actually DO anything beyond that; she didn't follow through.

      O, Joey's once-spine, where art thou?!

    2. I'm not a big fan of Coldplay, and I honestly don't think I know a single song by Radiohead (I should probably mention that I hate listening to the radio - too much talking - so 90% of the music I like comes from movies, TV shows, and the gym!!), so...yeah.

      Presidents of the USA had like...three??...well known songs in the late 90s, and that's pretty much it. EVER. So yeah, I'm confused by them touring.

      And there are no words for how much I hate Dawson Leery. (That said, I kind of love James Van Der Beek since I started watching Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23!!)

  3. See, Sydney's gotten somewhat lucky. Epica (who I love) is going to be here next year (which I think, annoyingly, coincides with your birthday... sdkljflksdf); I never got to even see them when they were in the US. FFFPT. Also, I've been seeing things for the house/trance/hip hop music I pretty much like (Calvin Harris, Wynter Gordon, Avicii, Tiesto, and so on). I haven't had the ability to actually GO, but it gives me some form of hope.

    Also, I would go see Blondie. Maybe Ringo Starr (because I still remember him as Mr Conductor 2.0 after George Carlin in Shining Time Station). And I might consider Presidents of the United States of America, but the only song I remember is Peaches. Pointless much?!

    1. You mean to tell me you've forgotten about the genius that was the song "Lump"?? ;)

      Also? I've never heard of any of those people/bands/whatever... *hides*

  4. This is one of the great things about living in the sixth largest city in the US. All the concerts, ever. We get everything, even the dinky stuff, they just play at one of the "small" venues that only seat 7,000 people.

    1. SIGH. This makes me a) extremely jealous, and b) extremely frustrated. Because Melbourne has a population of 4.2 million-ish people. And we most definitely do not get all the concerts ever :(

      I am now off to Google whether there are any awesome bands playing in Phoenix in late January. Fingers crossed for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes!!

  5. Blondie, Elton John and my dad would never forgive me unless I said Neil Young.

    1. I would probably go and see Blondie three times. Although Elton John would be worth it, just for the spectacle of the thing!

  6. Kiss, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. How is this even a discussion? Could there seriously be any other choice?

    1. Not everyone likes rock/metal?? Also? By extension, you'd have to go and see Journey...

  7. Ahhh, I totally snapped up tickets to Blondie as soon as they were released!
    It certainly has been the year of ye olde bands touring year started with Boy George and the Pet Shop Boys, then Roxette, and later The Cranberries! Ha!
    And loads more that I would never go have a pretty decent list complied there!

    1. I used to go to concerts regularly. I'm not sure whether it's my cheapskate ways or the lack of bands I want to see that's been stopping me recently!


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