Look, I don't like Hinder. I've written that before. You all came in - somewhat vigorously I might add - to say I should give them a chance. Fine, I'm giving them a chance. I'm seeing them live in December. I have make-up tickets because X-Fest was canceled. Once would be enough.
Now, Motley Crue has announced they will do a winter arena tour with Hinder. Ok, so Hinder slipped and made the announcement, but I figure Motley's big press event is just around the corner. I think Nikki Sixx - and therefore Motley - is making a huge mistake. There are so many reasons. Let's drill it down:
1) The economy is crap and Motley just toured. That means market saturation.
2) AC/DC is touring this winter in North America. There are just a few bands that can withstand economic crisis. AC/DC is one.
3) See number one again. Motley Crue just toured. Seriously.
4) Since Motley Crue just toured (we're driving a point here) the chance of filling arenas ain't looking good.
Ok, so there are my four big points. You'll notice none of them mention Hinder. Here's the fifth point: Hinder may be a great band. Hell, I don't like them, but my opinion doesn't count for too much. I just don't know if they have the draw Motley needs to put butts in the seats. I feel like I'm becoming a broken record here, but I've said "music is a business" over and over to anyone that would listen nonstop the past couple of weeks. I live and breathe music. I do not, however, pay my mortgage through music. No, the individual members of Motley don't have to worry to much about the current economy. Other bands - our favorite smaller Glam bands - do. Big time. When big bands, with big money and big power continue to make big mistakes (notice a buzz word here?) it's the little guys who often suffer. Not to mention that people that do the actual business of making music. You know, tours just don't pop up. Bands just don't land on Larry King Live. Promotions do not fall from the sky. Hordes of people work to support an industry that has been under fire for quite a long time. It's usually the youngest (and therefore poorest) staff members that get the shaft first when a bad decision trickles down. Remember kids, shit rolls down hill. And it always stinks.
So back to Motley Crue and their winter escapade. Will I go? Yeah, I'll buy another over priced ticket to see Motley. Again. Will I watch Hinder, too? Yep. Will I like them? Meh. The point is not everyone is like us. Remember, dearest readers, we're a very special breed. It would not occur to 99% of the population to Google the words "Glam + Metal." The elite 1% of us that get it know just how important it is to make delicate - yet direct - steps in the music world these days. Promotion is so much more than getting a band on the cover of Rolling Stone. It's also giving your fans their money's worth - by touring with acts that add value.
Why isn't Crue Fest 2.0 or Winterfest or whatever the hell this upcoming tour is called a double bill? Is it because Motley hate the term Glam? Is it because they don't want to share the stage? Is it because another headline act would eat too far into the profit margin?
Whew. All that said, I feel like I need to step off the soap box and explain the passion here. Motley Crue are very important to me. I honestly don't give a fig about their opening band - except that I think the act should fit the demographic. I believe Buckcherry was an excellent act to take as the second headliner on Crue Fest this past summer. Maybe Hinder will work. Maybe not. Truth be told, I do not think I can bare watching Motley playing to near empty venues. When I saw Def Leppard a few months ago - the size of the crowd devastated me. In times of recession, people pick and choose. People may very well pick a tour by a band that hasn't been around in a while. That makes fundamental sense. I'm worried that if this winter tour goes belly-up, Motley will either 1) call it quits for good or 2) be forced out immediately again by Live Nation. Neither scenario is great.
Ok, time for your thoughts.