4 Years Ago (2017)
I posted my viewpoint and McKay posted his replies and we had a bit of a back and forth.
I did my 7th post on the the year 1983. It included the bands Slayer, Queensryche, UFO, Motörhead, Heavy Pettin, Saxon and Choirboys.
And I was questioning how many of the social media followers artists have are actually fans or invested in what the artists has to say.
And it’s okay to be influenced. For example, Poison – “Unskinny Bop” (1991).
The song has over 7 million streams on Spotify. The guitar riff is influenced by the intro guitar riff in Billy Squier – “Powerhouse” from 1986.
The bass lines are very similar to the bass line from 45 seconds onwards in Great White – “Mista Bone” from 1989. Then again, that running bass line is pretty common in most songs. You hear it in “Disturb The Priest” from Black Gillian’s album “Born Again”.
And “Unskinny Bop” still sounds original.
8 Years Ago (2013)
I was discussing the prices of tickets for Bon Jovi’s Australian tour.
If a Bon Jovi fan wanted to sit in Row 1 and purchase a Diamond VIP package, the price of one ticket is $1975 + $10 booking fee.
If a Bon Jovi fan wanted to sit in Rows 2 to 5 and purchase an Emerald VIP package, the price of one ticket is $1475 + $10 booking fee.
If a Bon Jovi fan wanted to sit in Rows 6 to 13 and purchase a Sapphire VIP package, the price of one ticket is $975 + $10 booking fee.
And for the Sydney show, these VIP tickets had been sold out. And after the JBJ website sale, the next stage of the sales was the Telstra pre-sales, the Showbiz pre-sales, then the Ticketek VISA pre-sales and the general pre-sales and finally the public release.
What a collusive, exploitive and unregulated process.
In other words the band was scalping its own tickets.
And the “What About Now” album continued its free fall, sitting at 133.
And I was always trying to tie together various threads from different artists. This post was called “The Crazy Lifestyles of the Rockers and Metallers”.
All our heroes are flawed and far from normal.
Continuing my Queensryche kick, I wrote about “Bridge”.
And “Silent Lucidity”.
And how good is the Vince Neil – Exposed album?