I'm sick and tired of being used when it comes to bands.
Now, I'm a rare fan. I'm loyal. I do pay for music and concert tickets. I don't download illegally. I read news posts and give free press right here.
I am fed up.
Last Friday, Motley Crue announced their winter tour - and fan club pre-sale all in one shot. Now, I think it's a little disrespectful for a band to say "We're touring - buy now!" but that's the least of my beefs.
Motley Crue has a pay-to-belong fanclub. I joined this before CrueFest for forty bucks. You might recall a couple months ago I said I wouldn't pay any more cash for fanclubs ever again. I stand by that rule. I'm turning that money into a donation to the local homeless shelter. The cash will be better used, the recipients more grateful.
Back to Motley Crue.
This time around, the fanclub pre-sale had a new wrinkle: a legacy membership.
What the hell is legacy? It's a sham, that's what! Apparently, fanclub members of more than a year were offered the chance to renew early or something. I guess I had this option too - meaning I'd have to pay *again* even though there are several months left on my membership!
What is the benefit of legacy?
So called "legacy" members got to buy their fanclub tickets at the designated time outlined on Motley Crue's official website. The other, still *paying* fanclub members had to wait an extra hour! The worst part of this is that barely anyone knew about the legacy option, so all it did was create anger and confusion among the band's most loyal fans.
The whole thing left me with a *very* bad taste in my mouth.
I have to pay money to travel to the show. Honestly, I'm going to the Rockford, Illinois stop to visit with Heather - not to see Motley again. In my mind, they've turned their backs on us. Maybe that's the wrong way of looking at things, but I can't help but feel a little hurt. I know Motley are extremely rich now. Good for them. Only problem is, it's people like us that made them rich in the first place. Considering they were all dirt poor - they should think twice about screwing over fans - especially in this terrible economy. Will fans have to renew a membership for each tour? We already know there will be CrueFest 2. So help me if Motley thinks they'll be able to retain every fanclub member and get those same people to add an extra forty bucks again, just a handful of months after already renewing out of turn.
Now, this is important: the point here is not that I'm annoyed I had to wait an extra hour to get tickets. Quite frankly, I could care less. I have decent seats and I knew there was no way in hell the show was going to sell out. The point is that bands of a certain stature, be they Motley or Kiss or any of that ilk need to come to grips with the fact that literally raping your best customers will only bite you in the ass in the long run. Again, if it wasn't for Heather, I wouldn't have given Motley any money for the tickets, either. I am just sick and tired of being used and abused by just about *everyone* when it comes to my pocketbook. At some point, Motley, Aerosmith, Kiss, Poison...won't be able to tour anymore. Yes, that day will come. What then of the paid fanclub memberships I ask? What then!?!