I thought this was worth a new post in case you skimmed that last one. Tool LA Dates are confirmed on Ticketmaster and go on sale tomorrow (4th June) at 10AM. Don’t miss out!
And now some editorial content if I may indulge you:
Personally, while this doesn’t effect me directly (aside from having to read shit load of negative comments on my website), I wake up today feeling pretty disappointed about how one of my favorite bands has handled this situation. It’s hard to point fingers at anyone in particular, we don’t know who did and didn’t have information on this show – I’m the kind of person who likes to give people the benefit of the doubt, so if it wasn’t mentioned on Toolband, then I’m guessing that Blair legitimately didn’t have the heads up.
To give fans virtually no notice of the event through official channels is really disappointing and I understand why many readers here are pissed. I know if I missed out on tickets to a show locally because I didn’t hear about the gig I’d be outraged as well.
I don’t know anything about the US ticket scene, except for the fact that Ticketmaster seem to dominate. I do know that certain bands, including some that many consider to be Tool’s peers (NIN for example) have shown more initiative towards ticket sales and have gone to long lengths to help fans get to gigs. That Tool aren’t going down this road as well is frustrating to me. They may want to bury their heads and ignore certain aspects of the industry, but without bands like Tool and NIN leading the way in redefining the music industry, it will just end up going nowhere. For a band with some strong views about politics and such, and who seem to encourage themes of discovery, pushing boundaries and change, it’s disappointing that when they are big enough to influence and change the music industry, they at least publically seem unwilling to do so.
I sincerely hope that last nights/this mornings fiasco was a one off and that it never happens again.