Snap o’ the day: DMB the stadium-fillers

I just found this special section I built with Bill Ramsey back in 2001 at C-ville Weekly. One of my fondest memories of working there was the day Bill and I pitched (while we air-guitared to the tune of DMB's "I Did It") the idea of the paper's first-ever special section, a celebration of Dave Matthews Band's "Homecoming" April 21, 2001 concert. This framed cover hangs at Cane's, the chicken wingery located at the site of the short-lived Krispy Kreme shop on Emmet. With all this talk of legends like Rod Stewart, the Police, and Billy Joel unable to fill John Paul Jones Arena, it should be pointed out that besides filling Scott Stadium, this quintet recently filled JPJ two nights in a row.


It's amazing what a band can do when they don't try to hose their potential audience by charging $227 per ticket. DMB has always kept their ticket prices relatively affordable. For bands like The Police, high ticket prices reflect out of control egos. They're nothing more than a nostalgia act - and nostalgia for the worst decade of popular music at that. It's not like they're U2.

DMB ticket prices are ridiculous now. With fees, they're around $70-$75. I distinctly remember an old interview in which Dave said he'd never want ticket prices to go higher than $40 or $50. Whatever happened to the magic price of $37.50?

By the way, I had no idea anyone actually liked the craptacular "I Did It". Interesting.

"What Music Lover said"

"Worst decade of popular music?" What, are you kidding? You are right smack dab in the middle of the worst decade for popular music.

By the 80's, music had finally moved past the bombastic bullshit like Yes, ELP etc produced, had left behind the wimpy Jackson Brownian singer songwriter crap, and was solidly in uncharted and pretty exciting waters. I'm not saying there wasn't loads of crap still and shit like REM was hard to avoid, but from Michael Jackson to Talking Heads, pop music was full of innovative, interesting, and musically adventurous acts. I'm not saying it was the best decade if such a thing ever existed, but worst is way off the mark.

Today, banal mediocre acts like Radiohead pass for groundbreaking and way too much of what I hear on the radio sounds like it wants to channel faux youthful anarchy ala the Sex Pistols through a couple of hundred channels of production to create something so overdone that Alan Parsons would gag on its slickness.

The main point of the earlier comment was to say that ticket prices are way too high and I couldn't agree more with that statement though. I actually wouldn't go see the Police for free, and I'm old enough to have loved Roxanne when it came out. Same for DMB. I wouldn't see U2 for money though.

I hardly listen to rock at all any more since it's mostly such crap, but bring the original lineup of Van Halen around for $25 and give me a big chunk of hash like we had when I saw them in '81 and I'd probably part with some nostalgia dollars. I'm sure there are lots of bands that I can't even think of that would fall into that same category. There is nobody short of a voodoo resurrected Jimi Hendrix that I would pay more than $75 to see.