Interesting comments from a TOP NW venue manager...
OK so this is gonna upset a few of you....well tough, the truth hurts...
One of the reasons I formed a 'Classic' Punk band was to offer something different to the market... but now even that is being copied to death by bandwagon jumping wannabes...
And looking at the NWB Set List Chart why just copy other bands set lists...why not do something different ????
This is not the first blog I've posted about bands boring me.....
People are sick to death of hearing the same songs week in week out...it's BORING...
And the reply is always...''our punters like it and we've never had any complaints''
BOLLOCKS, you're deluding yourselves and taking opinion from drunken sheeple and 'mates' as fact in the same way 'best friends' tell Fat,Ugly brides 'you look beautiful !!!',,,
One of the top music venues in the NW issued this statement (below) on their mailing list......says it all for me.
Their words, not mine.....
This is not aimed at any individual bands in particular, and no bands are
It is a personal "state of the market" summary/review.
Too many bands have become/are becoming, for want of a better word, STALE.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
(Venue...) is a business.
Businesses succeed or fail on their revenue showing a profit.
We are in a recession.
Times are hard for many people, and they having to consider where there
money is going to be spent.
For the second year in a row, despite price increases - forced on us by
increased costs from
government regulations requiring expenditure etc. -
our gross sales figure is down, our profit is down.
(Venue) does not charge an entry fee, it pays the entertainment bill
(bands, acoustic night, jam session drinks for artistes, sound/DJ) from bar
My entertainment budget is a % of revenue - so my entertainment budget is
I've got spreadsheets galore on this computer. Revenue, gig diary etc, and
obviously one of those shows me the revenue per band.
One thing that is patently clear from these figures is that the Classic Rock
Covers bands especially are attracting a dwindling audience.
I've been going round the (now not so) regulars, and there is one consistent
answer from them
"it's the same tunes week in week out"
and looking at the set lists - some bands haven't changed theirs in years -
it is very, very true.
To name but a few:-
Ain't Talking 'Bout Love
Born To Be Wild
Breaking the Law
Highway to Hell
Sweet Home Alabama
Whole Lotta Rosie
If I turned round and said that the above tracks are banned, some of you
wouldn't have 2 x 45 mins!
They occur in hackneyed set list after hackneyed set list, and the punters
now want to hear something different, something fresh, something else from
the thousands of Classic Rock albums by Classic Rock artists and the
hundreds of thousands of Classic Rock tracks on those albums.
It is the money that those punters put over the bar - or not, as the current
situation is - that pays your wages.
I have no option but to drop bands where the revenue when they gig here has
If you could see my gig diary for 2012 you would see that there are already
several notable omissions where my Pub Director has seen the "revenue v
bands" figures for 2009/10/11 and some bands have had to go.
And you would see several new names. Fresh blood with fresh sounding set
So look at your set lists, and replace the tracks that every band plays.
Make yourself more marketable.
Upgrade yourselves so that the punters who once wanted to see you, but can no
longer be bothered to come in when you're on, want to see you again, because
they will learn to expect to see something fresh, something new whenever
they see you in the future.
And then send me your new set lists.