Country Music Concerts Are The New Shark Attacks


Country Music Concerts Are The New Shark Attacks

If you go swimming in the ocean you will be attacked by a shark and die!!!

Well, that’s the gist of the reporting that occurred over the Fourth of July weekend when a long distance swimmer was bitten by a shark off Manhattan Beach in southern California.

The way the media handled the unfortunate attack you would have thought every swimmer who puts a toe into the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean gets chomped on by a shark.

In 2013, the International Shark Attack File confirmed 72 incidents of unprovoked shark attacks.  That’s not in California.  That’s not in the United States.  That’s in the world.  There are more than seven billion people on the planet and a lot of them go into an ocean.  The fact that only 72 people were bitten in a calendar year is an infinitesimally small percentage. 

You’re more likely to be on the wrong end of a lightning bolt then you are to be caught in between the molars of a great white.  Also, Fido is more dangerous than Jaws.  You’re far more likely to be killed by a dog then you are by a shark.

It sucks to be bitten by the sea’s apex predator but it’s extremely, extremely rare.  That’s something the news media doesn’t tell you.

Apparently, the next deadly phenomenon is the country music concert.  If you go see Kenny Chesney or Brad Paisley you will die!!!

That’s the tone of the several articles including “Are Country Concert Tragedies The New Normal” posted on   Author Alison Bonaguro references recent tragedies at Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan concerts. 

One man was found dead at Aldean’s July 18 concert in Cleveland, 50 concert goers were arrested at Urban’s show on July 26, and 34 people were taken to the hospital when Bryan rocked Pittsburgh.

There is no rash of concert music tragedies.  There is no epidemic of death that breaks out whenever a guitar starts a twangin’ and a singer dons a cowboy hat.

Here’s what happened: there was a death at a Jason Aldean concert.  It’s very rare for someone to die at a concert, and it usually raises interest in the subject.  Therefore, the media begins looking for similar stories and what do you know?  They find them.

Deaths at music concerts are sensational.  They’re sensational because they’re rare.  Yet that rarity is ignored when the media reports on them.

Of course, the media was always going to find more “tragedy” stories.  Since their inception, regardless of genre, large outdoor concerts have produced arrests and trips to the hospital.

If you don’t believe me just ask the staff at Barclays Center or Staples Center.  For collaboration, speak to those who collect Chicago event tickets or Madison Square Garden tickets.  If you need more proof seek the experiences of employees at Red Rocks, Wolf Trap, and Bethel Woods.  When you have lots of people gathered in one spot bad things will happen.  Add hot weather, alcohol, and drugs to the mix and it’s not a question of “if” but “when.”

If you ask me, arrests and hospital visits aren’t tragic.  They are a staple of the live music experience.  They are no different than guitar amps, high-priced refreshments, and inappropriately dressed women.

A concert should be a joyous event that transpires without a hitch.  Most of the time that’s true as the overwhelming majority of concerts occurs without issues.  

That’s not to say tragedy is always avoided.  In 1979, 11 people died at a Who concert in Cincinnati.  In 2000, nine rock fans perished at a Pearl Jam concert in Denmark.  In 2003, one hundred people lost their lives in a fire that broke out during a Great White concert in Rhode Island.

If you consider just how many concerts go off in a calendar year tragedies like the ones mentioned in the above paragraph, and many others that have been omitted, happen infrequently at best.  No matter how you look at it, it’s incredibly safe to attend any type of concert especially country music concerts.

Bonaguro does hit on part of the problem, at least the part that pertains to country music shows, and that is the crowds are getting larger.  For the most part, genre has nothing to do it.  It’s the size of the event—more people equal more problem.

Regardless of size, there’s a surefire way to avoid most tragedies that may happen at a music concert and that’s to stay sober.  The overwhelming majority of problems at live music events stem from drug and alcohol intoxication.

Being sober won’t necessarily protect you from the stupidity of others, but at least you’ll be sharp mentally and able to react to inebriated buffoonery in a swift and responsible manner.

What about accidents?  Over the years, many concerts have been marred by tragic accidents.  For example, in 2011, before a Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair, the stage collapsed and killed seven people.  Severe weather conditions were largely to blame.

By definition you can’t prevent accidents and the only way to avoid them altogether is to lock yourself in your home.  That’s no good.  Jason Aldean is much better live than he is on your iTunes.  If you were to research deaths at music concerts you’d find that very few are the result of accidents.  Most are the result of direct or indirect substance abuse.

So don’t let a little ink scare you.  It’s safe to go into the water and it’s safe to go to a country music show.


Kanye West Dazzles On Jools Holland But Frazzles Staff

Kanye WestKanye West Dazzles On Jools Holland But Frazzles Staff

“God I love Kanye so much. Later with Jools is incredible tonight!”

Those words were lifted from Adele’s Twitter account.  She commented on Kanye West’s recent performance on the British show “Later… With Jools Holland.”

If Adele had known Kanye’s pre-performance antics she might have alter her Tweet.

It’s being reported that Kanye West was a bona fide prima donna leading up to his live recital on the popular British program.

West demanded that the set be rebuilt to his specifications, insisted everything in his dressing room be white, and he and his crew used half of the available 15 dressing rooms.

Of course, all that pales in comparison to his demand that the carpet in his dressing room be ironed.

Can you even iron carpet?

The 36-year-old rapper said the carpet was too bumpy.  And you thought your job was tough.

Now, many stars make odd requests like the one Kanye reportedly made.  Celebrity insiders say they make those crazy requests to see if their list of demands were actually read.  I think that’s a load of crap.  Celebrities aren’t that smart.

They make crazy requests because they’re spoiled and pampered.

In West’s defense, witnesses said he was fine “once he got to the performance.”  One of Jools’ crew members commented that Kanye West was “very quiet and unassuming” leading up to his set.

There is where I will give West a break.  The rapper’s product is himself.  It’s understandable that he would be protective and vigilant of his image.  So I’ll let his tantrums about the set slide (to a point).  He gets no pass however for wanting his carpet ironed.  That’s just ridiculous.

You can’t deny that West is a musical genius but it’s getting to the point where he’s also “musical sausage.”

Sausage is a delicious meal but you don’t want to know how it’s made.  Kanye West’s music is awesome but you don’t want to know how he made it… or anything else the man does (award show outbursts, calling U.S. presidents racists, posing as Jesus on magazine covers).

On Oct. 19, Kanye West tickets will be collected in Seattle, Washington.  It’s the opening date of West’s 1st solo tour in half a decade.

The high maintenance rapper is bringing along Kendrick Lamar to warm up audiences.

There are 23 cities on West’s route.  That’s a lot of carpet ironing.  This could become a cottage industry.


Rihanna Is Three Hours Late To Concert: How To Prevent Artists From Being Tardy

RihannaRihanna Is Three Hours Late To Concert: How To Prevent Artists From Being Tardy

The city of Boston has been through a lot lately. In the realm of things this is fairly trivial, but it’s still a “wicked pissa.”

Monday night (May 6), Rihanna was three hours late to her show in Bean Town. When she finally appeared on stage she offered no apology—not for being late nor for actually showing up.

No offense to anyone, but Rihanna isn’t good enough to warrant a three-hour wait. McCartney and the Stones are, maybe U2 if you have VIP tickets, but not Rihanna.

To make matters worse, her opening act, A$AP Rocky, canceled. So there was no opening act just hours and hours of silence.

Thankfully, when Rihanna did finally take to the stage, the crowd booed her. You don’t mess with Boston concerts.

Why was she late? Some speculate it had to do with her boyfriend Chris Brown. Others think she was watching the Bulls game—which makes sense since they defeated the Miami Heat that night.

This is becoming a trend for Hanna-Mana. In March, she was four hours late to a charity event. She told the children waiting for her that she was caught in Chicago traffic.

If you’re delayed by traffic then call the venue and tell them you’re running late. There are these things out now called “cell phones.” They allow you to make a phone call from just about anywhere.

If traffic is the culprit then say so. Chances are good that those waiting for you will understand your delay. After all, they live in the city and frequently experience heavy congestion. They’ll wonder how they made it to the venue on time and you didn’t, but still, they might understand.

Now that we’re blasting Rihanna for being late let’s talk about solutions. After all, there’s an easy way to fix this.

If the artist doesn’t take to the stage in a certain amount of time (say 30 minutes plus an hour for each warm-up act) then all holders of concert tickets are entitled to a full refund including service charge.

Since Ticketmaster won’t be returning the service charge, it will be up to the artist/promoter to make good. Promoters are business people; they will make damn sure the artist is on time. They don’t want to be on the hook for a hefty refund.

If they can pass laws about paperless tickets then they can pass laws about artists performing on time. Of course, the law will be applicable to other forms of entertainment but not sports.

Unlike the popular music world, sports league and sports promotions want their fans to be happy and will naturally do right by them. Music artists, since there’s only one of them, and they perform in a particular city with far less frequency, have no incentive to be fan-friendly.

The proposed law would change all that.


Kid Rock: 20 Reasons To See Him In Concert

Kid Rock

Kid Rock: 20 Reasons To See Him In Concert

Kid Rock is not everyone’s favorite iTunes fodder.

If you were to guess the size of his fan base, especially after reading all the derogatory comments about him on the internet, you’d probably come up with a very small number—at least a number similar to the population of America’s trailer parks.

Yet, the Detroit-native is quite successful, both at the cash register and at the box office.  You can’t sell as many albums, or as many concert tickets as Kid Rock does, without having a few million fans.

Therefore, it’s safe to call Kid Rock the “WWE of the Rock and Roll.”  You know, everyone loves professional wrestling but few people ever admit they watch it.

This summer Kid Rock is launching a tour of North America and you need to attend.

Obviously, I’m preaching to the choir when it comes to his hardcore fans.  Then again, I’m not speaking to them.  I’m speaking to those who flat-out don’t like the “American Bad Ass” or flat-out won’t admit to liking him.

You need to get yourself Kid Rock tickets because they’re only $20.  Yes, that’s right, $20.  And if you buy them at Walmart—please, stop snickering—they will only be $20.  No surcharge.

In addition to the $20 event tickets, fans will get free parking (at the venue), $20 concession packages, $20 tour t-shirts, and best of all, $4 12-ounce cups of beer.

Rock, who recently admitted to selling his own concert tickets on the secondary market, is trying to give his fans a rock concert at a fair-price.  He’s appalled at the ticket prices some artists are charging.  For example, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are charging $275 for non-VIP tickets.

Go ahead and charge Kid Rock with trying to fill arenas—it’s not like he’s at the peak of his popularity.  But something tells me he’s sincere.  Sure, he wants to perform in front of sell-out crowds but I honestly believe his main inspiration is the desire to give his fans a value.

Either way, you want Rock’s “$20 Best Night Ever Tour” to be a success (unless you like paying exorbitant amounts of money for concert tickets).  If Kid Rock’s business model works we might see more of it in the future.  If it’s a failure then we’re stuck with $275 concert tickets.

So I’m asking you, give Kid Rock a chance and go see him in concert.  It might save you a lot of money in the long run.

Kid Rock’s tour begins June 28 in Bristow, Virginia and ends Sept. 15 in Tampa, Florida.  Joining him at various tour stops will be ZZ Top, Kool and the Gang, and Uncle Kracker.


Tim McGraw: Five Positive and Five Negative Aspects Of His 2013 ‘Two Lanes of Freedom Tour’

Tim McGraw ticketsTim McGraw: Five Positive and Five Negative Aspects Of His 2013 ‘Two Lanes of Freedom Tour’

Tim McGraw launches his “Two Lands of Freedom Tour” on May 2 in Birmingham, Alabama. It ends July 27 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Any time McGraw hits the road it’s a cause for celebration.

Nonetheless, his pending tour is far from perfect. Below, This-Is-Music looks at five positive and five negative aspects of Tim McGraw’s upcoming tour of North America.

Five Positive Aspects of Tim McGraw’s 2013 Tour
Tim McGraw Is Teaming With Tumblr
Tim McGraw is teaming with Tumblr in a very interesting promotion. Before tickets go on sale in a particular market, McGraw will call a fan from that market to let them know ducats are about to go on the market. The fan can then use Tumblr to tell friends, family, and other McGraw fans in the area the good news.

McGraw and Chesney Have Similar Routes
Last year, McGraw teamed with Kenny Chesney for the “Brothers of the Sun Tour.” In 2013, they are both touring solo but are visiting many of the same markets. So if you live in places like Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Mountain View, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, and South Florida you can, for the second year in a row, see both Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney live.

New McGraw Album
Most artists launch a tour to support an album. McGraw is no exception. His newest opus, Two Lanes of Freedom, drops Feb 5. McGraw is really excited about his new work. He thinks it could be a turning point in his career, at least artistically. Two singles have already been released from his forthcoming record: “Truck Yeah” and “One of Those Nights.”

Brantley Gilbert & Love and Theft
McGraw’s opening acts will be Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft. That’s a great night of music. Gilbert is blowing up and showing up everywhere while Love and Theft are still celebrating their first number one single (it went to the top spot back in August). Both McGraw and Gilbert are performing at RodeoHouston in March.

25-day Gap
McGraw performs in Holmdel, New Jersey on June 30. Then his next scheduled gig isn’t until July 25 in Toronto. That’s more than a three-week block where he can add more shows. That’s good news for markets not currently on his schedule.

Five Negative Aspects of Tim McGraw’s 2013 Tour
Tim McGraw Is Teaming With Tumblr
The fact that McGraw’s partnership with Tumblr is both a good and a bad part of his upcoming tour pretty much sums up social media. While aspects of the promotion are interesting, if you really look at it it’s nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt. We doubt McGraw will actually call anyone. It will probably be a computer program and with a pre-recorded message. Furthermore, who still uses Tumblr?

No Soul II Soul Tour
With McGraw touring on his own that means zero chance of another Soul II Soul Tour with wife Faith Evans. Apparently, the couple doesn’t want to be on the road, together, for the amount of time it takes to launch a successful trek.

No Pacific Northwest
McGraw is scheduled to make three stops in California but nothing in the Pacific Northwest. You’d think he’d at least visit the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. Now, there is a five day gap between his Washington D.C. show on June 1 and his San Diego show on June 7, but we expect he’ll use that time to travel and recuperate as he ends May with seven shows in ten days.

Tour Keeps McGraw From Acting
McGraw will be performing in Las Vegas between now and just prior to the start of his “Two Lanes of Freedom Tour.” Then he’s one the road through late July. Those months he’s out on the road touring are months he can’t spend acting. We can’t wait for his next movie role!

Subpar Venues
McGraw is set to perform at some fairly crappy places. Of his 30 tour stops, 16 are at amphitheaters or pavilions. Those are never great concert venues. He does have Blossom Music Center and Bethel Woods on the sched, but those are countered by the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, and Jiffy LubeLive.