CaptainP wrote: coralreefer wrote:
CaptainP wrote:The Marcus isn't big enough for a Buffett show anymore.
False. Did you check TM the day before the Alpine show last year and see all the available pavilion seats? I would say close to 1,000, maybe more. Not to mention all the lawn that went unsold. Alpine has been trending that way for the last few years with more and more unsold tickets each year. Marcus can put in 30k+ and would be the perfect size for a show. With all that being said, Jimmy will in no way be playing Summerfest or Marcus this year. If there is no Alpine show, look for two Chicago shows, if we're lucky.
That has only happened since the ticket prices got jacked up so high for the Pavilion. At his current prices, he'd struggle to sell out the pavilion at the Marcus, too. Wisconsin is a great many things, but it is not a state with a lot of disposable income at this time.
When the pavilion ticket prices started to exceed $100.00 at many venues, the trend seemed to be for some of those tickets to remain available until the day of the show. Two years ago at Tinley Park there were hundreds of unsold seats in the pavilion on the day of the show. Chicago hasn't had two Jimmy dates for several years now. Alpine had a good number of pavilion tickets available on show day last year as mentioned above. I don't believe Jimmy is any less popular among his fan base but the economy still sucks for many people. Some Buffett fans are either attending fewer shows or are purchasing lawn tickets due to their personal financial circumstances. While the highest priced seats for many musical artists today generally are priced between $100.00 and $150.00 per ticket (in some case several hundred dollars), in Jimmy's case this may be a well orchestrated philosophy of retaining his concert revenue and maintaining his ability to stay on the road as he gets older. Why play two nights when you can play one night for twice the price? Sure, the concession "take" is substantially less but what percentage does he get from the beverage and food sales? Think of how much less wear and tear there is on his vocal chords by playing fewer shows. The higher priced tickets have seemed to have thinned out the "curious" spectators who only came to hear Margaritaville and get totally "s"-faced. Personally, I would rather spend my money wisely, pay for pavilion seats for one show and not have the hassle of the wannabes who don't give a damn about savoring a complete show. If you listen to a full season of shows on Radio Margaritaville or check the setlists, the songs don't change that much so the incentive to see multiple shows for the sake of the music is pretty much diminished.
Flashback: I just pulled out a ticket stub from Jimmy at Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates in the northwest Chicago suburbs from July 26, 1982 ----- The ticket was priced at $11.50 with a $1.00 surcharge for handling through "Ticketron". And Bonnie Raitt opened for Jimmy that night!
"The 4th of July, alright. Happy Birthday America. How much beer do you think was drunk in America today......two six-packs...three?"
Jimmy on July 4th, 1980 in Minneapolis