What is the deal with band’s doing one album on tour? Judas Priest is getting ready to do British Steel from beginning to end. Motley Crue will do Dr. Feelgood at this year’s Crue Fest...RATT will perform Out of the Cellar during their headline spot at Rocklahoma...and Aerosmith might even do Toys in the Attic from glorious beginning to end.
Now, don’t get me wrong: the albums mentioned are huge. Toys in the Attic and British Steel are especially iconic and still have a massive impact on modern Metal. Bands like to say they do this for the fans.
I call bullshit.
Bands don’t play songs from one album from start to finish for the fans. They do it for the media exposure and the nostalgia factor. Motley’s been doing basically all of Dr. Feelgood live for years and years now, so it’s not like the band has to rehearse many “new” songs. Sure it’s cool that we’ll get to hear a couple random songs never before performed live, but it’s not for us: it’s in an effort to move tickets.
Saying that, I’m excited to hear all of Dr. Feelgood and possibly Toys in the Attic. I’d rather Motley do all of Shout at the Devil and Aerosmith do Rocks, but you take what you can get. I just hope this trend of legacy acts falling back on old staples doesn’t signal an end to creativity and new music. After all, I’ve been owed a new Aerosmith disc for years now and that was just put on hold...again.
Back in the day, bands didn’t tour without an album to support. Now in the land of Live Nation, Ticketmaster and credit cards, bands just tour whenever and wherever – because you gotta get paid. Just like the musician has to earn a dollar – I need some new music to make it worth my while.
What do you think: should bands continue with the trend of theme concerts?