Thursday, March 19, 2015

No satisfaction

For the last week, billboards have been popping up around town with the Rolling Stones' logo, teaser lyrics and the word "Thursday". Some teasers also seem to indicate this will be an outdoor show.

The last time the Stones were in town is ten years ago; the last time they played an outdoor venue in the area was almost two generations ago.

The buzz around town is that the venue isn't the 43,000-seat Miller Park. Alpine Valley, a nearby mega-concert park, is run by the arch rival of the Stones' promoter, so that is out. That leaves the Marcus stage at the Summerfest grounds - a paltry, 23,000-seat amphitheater. The Rolling Stones have long been a dream "get" for the ten day music festival.

Unfortunately, representatives for the band say the announcement has been postponed, citing issues with a nationwide ticketer.

While I've never been a fan, I'm at least familiar with the cultural force that the band has been. These days, you go to their concerts less to listen to a geriatric, out-of-tune band than for the "experience" of being at one of their concerts.

But is it really worth the almost prohibitively expensive, hard to procure ticket, the impossible parking and incredible crush of (most likely drunk, high, or geriatric themselves) people?

Inquiring minds want to know. I'm sure the show will sell out in minutes.

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