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Quit Complaining! You Just Got the Lineup You Wanted!

Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments11 Comments

When M3 announced their full lineup yesterday, I was stoked. I've never seen the Scorpions and that was good enough for me. Throw in Kix, Cinderella and Vince Neil - and seriously - what else do you need? To my amazement, there were tons of negative comments on the official M3 Facebook, complaining about the quality of bands. Seriously?


I'm not sure who people want at these fests. It is simply not feasible to get AC/DC, Metallica, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and Guns n' Roses to play one day back - to - back. Actually, let me rephrase that: it's possible, but you won't want to pay for it.


Bands with million+ guarantees rarely headline festivals - American events at least - because they don't have to and they are too expensive. Yes, Motley is a headline-level band, but for a massive fest, as evidenced by Rock on the Range last year. You're not going to get Motley, Guns n' Roses, the Scorps and Cinderella all in one day at a smaller, newer event. It's just not good business. Think of this: M3 is able to produce Scorps, Cinderella, Kix and Vince for a pretty reasonable rate. While we don't yet know ticketing costs, last year I think a pit ticket was something like $70. That is dirt cheap for over a dozen bands. These days, you pay that or more to see one headline act.


The good news is that we're in a free market and no one is forcing you to attend a festival with what you believe to be a sub par lineup. Vote with your money - that's the American way! Still, I don't really think it's fair to openly complain about a lineup that produces most of the bands 80s fans have been begging for the past three or four years. I eat, sleep and breathe glam. By now, you should get that I hear things: both credible and otherwise and beyond that, I listen. Not just to labels and bands but to fans. Who has everyone asked for at Rocklahoma repeatedly? The Scorpions and Cinderella. Well, now you've got them at M3. I guess I understand if you don't like some of the side stage bands, but the chances of getting a lineup where every band is a personal fave is just slim to none. For me, I'm staying positive and excited. I've got a lot of friends meeting me at M3 in June and I can't wait. Maybe I'll even interview the Scorpions. I mean, why not? I'd certainly rather be having an awesome time than complaining. End of rant.

Reader Comments (11)

AMEN SISTA! you go right ahead and rant all you want! couldn't agree with ya more! m3 ROCKS for being the new festival that I'll throw my support behind. fyi - KIX on eddie trunk friday night rocks - COLD SHOWER playing! SEE YOU IN BALTIMORE IN JUNE!
January 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
The line-up is great. If I lived in the US I'd buy a ticket for sure.
It doesn't have to cost an arm and leg for a kick ass festival with big bands though.
I'm going to the Stockholm, Sweden version of Sonisphere Festival in August - Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Anthrax, Slayer, Alice Cooper, Iggy & the Stooges and Heaven & Hell and the tickets are only 120 dollars.
January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnoot
The lineup is awesome, I also would be so there if I'd lived in the US.

Some people are only happy when they can complain. It's like this everywhere. Especially when it comes to festivals. Best thing is to ignore them.
January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXandra73
I would definitely go if it were financially feasible, even though I've seen most of the bands. Scorpions were great in '98, and that was before their last two excellent albums. Vince Neil I could care less about, unless he does solo stuff...in which case I would definitely want to see him. Last time he was in Cincy, he basically fronted a Crue cover band. Cinderella, if Tom's voice is okay, would be awesome to see again. I've never seen Kix, Winger, or Trixter and would absolutely love to. ZO2 is a fantastic band...both in the studio and live. I had the privilege of meeting them a couple of years ago and they are great guys in addition to great musicians. If you ever have the chance to talk to them, ask them about playing softball with KISS. LOL. I've never heard of Black Mambooza, but will research them soon (if they're on this bill, they have to be at least decent, right?)
January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Well said Allyson.
January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRamzilla
Well Said. I am definitely going to try to go. I have never seen the Scorpions, but have seen Cinderella tons of time and would go over and over again.

Considering the uncertainty that Cinderella was going through over the last year or so, I am glad that I can have the opportunity to see them again.
January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJn
Could not have said it better myself Allyson!...Again ticket sales will tell the tail and i am going to bet that M3 2010 will be a harder ticket to come by than M3 2009.
January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
M3 has owned every Rocklahoma after the first one with this lineup, I hope that no-one who complained also drank the ROK kool aid three years running ?
January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I am pretty happy with the M3 lineup. I like the fact that the festival is only 1 day, compared to the 3 or 4 days for other festivals.

I am very anxious to see The Scorpions. I have seen Cinderella a few times, and they are usually great. Kix owned the stage at M3. Warrant with Robert Mason on vocals was pretty kickass when I saw them last year.

I agree with JT's comment above about Vince doing a Motley Crue cover set (with most of Slaughter as his back up band). I still enjoyed it though. Who better to cover Motley Crue, than Motley Crue's front man. Now if we can only start up an M3 donation fund, so the festival promoters can buy a few teleprompters for Vince when he performs. After that we should be all good. =)
January 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rockitt
This is an awesome lineup. You'd better get your tickets fast. Since the Scorps have announced their retirement, I bet the tickets on this tour will be a tad harder to get good seats.
January 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGil
People are insane!

This line up is first rate and way heavier (meaning fuller of heavyweight first rate acts) than last years roster!

Hello?!
January 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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