Monday, October 11, 2010

The Way I Feel Today

22 comments:

chickory said...

what happened to arena rock? same thing that happened to captain america? oh axl. its even worse than you said.

moi said...

Now he's a court jester with a broken heart.

Boxer said...

If video killed the radio star.... what killed Arena Rock?

chickory said...

ouch.

Pam said...

Axl - always thought he was probably Meatloaf's love child for some reason. RE death of Arena Rock -- ticket prices perhaps?

Buzz Kill said...

I remember when G&R first came out with their Appetite for Destruction album and thinking, "there's no way this guy can keep singing like that." The high energy, Jack Daniels fueled vocals of Axl Rose was a thing to behold. Love the band but I hope they never put out another album (that's been like 10 years in the making) because it won't do the legend any justice.

I think arena rock kind of died out because of all the new baseball and football stadiums being built with real grass. Concerts take a lot out of them and teenage and 20 something kids don't have a lot of disposable income.

moi said...

Boxer: Emo.

Chickory: Turn me around, and take me back to the start.

Pam: Bwahahahaha to the Meatloaf comment. I've seen him up close and personal. He was strangely pretty and sibilant.

moi said...

Buzz: One of the greatest voices in rock, most definitely. I read an interview once with his voice coach who said he was a freak of nature.

chickory said...

sibilant...thats a new one for me. he whooshes like a bird?


EMO! grrrrrrrherhahahahahahahahaha! i hate emo. that band who did "how to save a life"? Kill them.

moi said...

Chicory: Sibilant in the sense that he was more like a snake.

The Fray did that song, I think. Yeah. Major suckage. As are: 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI, Jimmy Eat World; et al. Must. Die.

Heff said...

Axl Rose is an asshole.

That is all.

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Heff: You are correct. However, what else would one expect?

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Aunty Belle said...

If video kilt the radio star, is facebook killin' blogger?

Axl. Uhmmm. Yeah.

moi said...

Aunty: Actually, I think Blogger is doing quite a nice job of killing itself.

LaDivaCucina said...

Living in Miami, all I can say is I MISS ROCK no matter where it is played. The only bands I've seen in an area here are the Foo Fighters and Justin Timberlake. (who, believe it or not was freakin' excellent!) Who's in our stadiums? Bloody Shakira (ick) Juanes and Daddy Yankee, and oh yeah, the Jonas Brothers.

Anybody who is considered "alternative" like Peter Murphy (ex Bauhaus) plays Orlando (three hours away) or Tampa/St. Pete (Five hours away) So, me and the DJ are f*cked monkeys and sure do miss living in L.A. for the live music scene.

But to address the arena rock query you have to consider these points: it takes a lot of fans to fill up those seats. Hateful Clear Channel controls who plays in a lot of the venues in America (as well as the radio stations) and they are not willing to take as many "risks" with lesser known bands. Hence we see the resurgence (vomit) of the same, tired old bands that will guarantee filled stadiums.

Also, because so many idiots move to the cities, have kids and then expect everyone to be quiet for them, more venues are closing down or are being restricted so now there are less and less venues for new and up and coming bands to even play, get noticed and create a following.

Add to that the downfall of record companies that would nurture new bands, they now don't have the money or the time to do this. (Um, how much time do you have and how much room do I have to continue writing this as this only scratches the surface of why arena rock is dead! Could do an entire post on why rock arena is dead!) Thanks Moi!

moi said...

La Diva: That's so depressing. For years, going to a concert in Albuquerque meant going to Tingley Coliseum, a venue that holds nearly 12,000 people. And nearly every concert would sell out. Now, most acts go to the casinos (with a third or less the amount of seating) and none sell out. Live music itself, apparently, is dead.

LaDivaCucina said...

Moi, I wouldn't go so far as to say live music is dead but there is no doubt the industry has changed, the way we listen to music and buy music has changed but people are definitely still going to see live music, no matter the venue! We are going to see Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation at Bayside Park (downtown) at the end of the month, I can't wait! Both bands are AWESOME (in that electronica hip kinda way!)

Aunty Belle said...

How so, Moi? can ya elaborate a bit?

Mountain roads is lux--shimmery gold trees and little windy whirls of glory --know ya wuz over this side recently--ain't it purty?

moi said...

Aunty: With all of Blogger's errors, people are going to start getting frustrated and leave for Typepad or other blog services.

So, are you visiting Chickory :o)?

Anonymous said...

ain't no tellin' chile, whar' Aunty will be showin' up--

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