We all know what assuming does, right?
So, when ZZ Top canceled their show the other day, just days before they would have been the August 1 opening day act at Musikfest, everyone immediately became an expert at booking large shows.
I mean, how hard can it be to just get a band on stage and shit? Ugh. It’s so easy. It’s not like it requires tons of negotiating and contract signing and logistics that you just don’t really ever understand because you don’t have to.
So, when John Moser, the Morning Calls’ “music reporter” wrote this absolutely hilarious bullshit post, something had to be said.
Let’s go over some good points here:
When we heard that 1970s and 1980s boogie rockers ZZ Top had canceled its opening night concert at Musikfest, our thoughts went quickly to what ArtsQuest, the organization that runs the 10-day downtown Bethlehem festival, would do.
Have another headline act play a second show, as it did when Sheryl Crow canceled with even less time before her concert in 2001?
Find a quick replacement, as it did when Panic! at the Disco pulled out in 2009?
But the big surprise came when Musikfest quickly announced what it was doing: Nothing.
It will go without an opening night headliner for the first time in its 31 years, leaving dark a stage for which it’s paying thousands of dollars a day and which for ZZ Top would have drawn 6,000 people into the festival.
That just seems unacceptable.
Yeah, It’s unacceptable that ZZ Top’s bassist is having unexpected surgery. WHAT A DICK BAG. Musikfest, how did you not hire Kreskin to make sure you knew about this? This is unacceptable.
It’s now Musikfest’s fault for some reason.
And John Moser should know, he’s seen the Rolling Stones in concert. The fucking Rolling Stones. Do you even know who Mick Jagger is? John Moser once saw him through binoculars.
And we have a suggestion about what Musikfest should have done – and still could.
Musikfest has dealt with late headliner cancellations before: In 2001, Sheryl Crow pulled out of her sold-out show just two days before the festival started and five days before her show.
In that case, Musikfest found the replacement in then-hot alternative rockers Fuel, who already were playing a sold-out headline date and added the second date that drew 5,000 people to the festival’s then 6,500-capacity RiverPlace main stage.
And that worked out well because Fuel was somewhat locally based at the time and were able to slide into that spot and take the extra money presumably because they didn’t have anywhere else to be that particular day.
I have a suggestion for you, John Moser. Stop writing stuff.
In 2009, Panic! at the Disco canceled its Musikfest show – also on opening night – on June 6 – 44 days before the show.
Musikfest took 11 days to find found a replacement in R&B group The Commodores. That was the same amount of time it had left before opening night this year – but the difference was that it would have left no time for ticket sales or promotion of the show.
This is where it becomes apparently how incomprehensibly mentally challenged Moser is.
His argument is basically, “Well, you got The Commodores in 11 days last time, you should be able to find another band in 11 days this time because you did it last time.”
He doesn’t even stop to think about the circumstances that go through any sort of band booking, nor does he even start to think about how booking any sort of band works.
As evidenced by…
Sheryl Crow, who plays Musikfest Aug. 4 this year, is in the area but has an Aug. 1 show in Cleveland. Wouldn’t it have been great to have her return the favor after 13 years?
According to their websites, Jason Derulo (who plays Musikfest on Aug. 3), is free that night. So is All American Rejects, who play Aug. 2, and The Avett Brothers, who play Aug. 7.
Just sayin’. SOURCE: The Morning Call
I’m sure that Sheryl Crow loses a ton of sleep every night worrying about that concert she cancelled. I actually heard it was one of the reasons she and Lance Armstrong broke up!
Maybe they don’t want to play another fucking show and rearrange their schedules (and everyone else’s involved with their respective tours).
The point is this. It’s so, so, so, so, SOOOOO easy to just say, “Well, get another act to play the Sands Stage.” or “Just put anyone up there, the tickets will sell. People love local music.”
Yeah, people love local music when it’s free to go to.Just because some local acts can get 6,000 people to pull up lawn chairs for a free concert certainly doesn’t mean they are going to pay $25+ to go see them at Sands Stage (oh, did you know that it costs money to put on a show, people need to get paid to work it.)
HOWEVER, if they are going to pull in any local act to fill the spot, then yes, Craig Thatcher is the guy to do it. So, hopefully that happens if they are looking to fill the spot.
The organizers of Musikfest spend THE ENTIRE YEAR booking these Sands Steel Stage acts. The fact that they have been able to scramble in the past to fill spots that have fallen through is a testament to their professionalism.
It’s super easy for John Moser, a guy who has been to some concerts in Philadelphia once in awhile, to automatically think he is some sort of band booking genius when, in fact, knows little to nothing about anything he writes about.
I’m disappointed you’ll be allowed at any Musikfest shows.
Why don’t you go write about the big concerts in Philadelphia?
Oh, that’s right, because you’re a joke and all you do is shit on any type of entertainment that takes place in Lehigh Valley because you think you’re above it for some reason.
Above what? What you are is just upset that great music is coming to the area and no one really wants you to be a part of it. Get over yourself.
In closing, The Musikfest Photo Scavenger Hunt will be out soon :P See you then.