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outdated.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
- 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?