Review: Rush – Time Stand Still (Documentary)

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So you’re saying there’s a chance?

However high, or low, the possibility, Rush fans shouldn’t hold their breath for their beloved members of the famed Canadian rock group to return to the stage, though the door wasn’t exactly slammed shut during the documentary of Rush Time Stand Still shown nationwide on Thursday for one night only in select theaters around the country.

The much anticipated film chronicling what’s believed to be the band’s final major tour picked right up where R40 left off in 2015 – sold out – albeit in a movie theater. After an animated short and a 20 minute introduction titled “Salute to Kings” featuring interviews with Gene Simmons of KISS, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart (with Nancy describing Rush music as a dog whistle only heard by males), and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, among others “Time Stand Still” began with a backdrop of the concert from Portland, OR and some haunting words from Rush bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee when he said walking away from it is not fun before cutting to Lee in the backseat of a car heading to the first show of the R40 tour.

Time Stand Still (available Nov. 18 on DVD and Blu-Ray) follows in the same vein as 2010’s Rush – Beyond the Lighted Stage but proved less about the band’s history, as the first documentary covered quite well, and more about now. Narrated by actor Paul Rudd, the film followed Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart from opening night in Tulsa, OK to the final show on Aug, 1, 2015 at The Forum in Los Angeles with various snippets and interviews in between.

A handful of super fans were featured including one gentleman with a 90-plus page of documented Rush memorabilia he owned, the founder of RushCon and one of the more emotional moments talked to fan George Summers from Scotland who survived a brutal car crash and used Rush’s music, specifically the fantastic “Everyday Glory,” (finally gets its due!) to help him through injury and recovery.

But the stars of this movie of course make up the stars of Rush. Lee, Lifeson and Peart re-told a few stories of the past – some rather comical – “The Bag” – others touching – Lifeson finding out the lead truck driver was getting married and stopped the caravan to bring some champagne and celebrate with the engaged couple in the cab – and one hilarious – the speed metal arrangement for “Subdivisions.” But most accounts discussed the rigors of touring, the love of the band from devotees and touring personnel, and a mostly unwilling embrace of the inevitable end.

Surely, time is the infinite jest on Rush and their fans.

Age knows no boundaries even when it comes to childhood heroes who seemingly return every few years like clockwork for nearly half a century. Peart struggled through a painful foot fungus during the R40 tour and Lee and Lifeson recounted seeing the drummer’s hands during the final shows which were cracked and calloused. The men laughed at their own expressive demeanor when it came to their personal pain threshold over the years but marveled at Peart’s stoicism. Lifeson, too, struggles with arthritis which Lee described as a ticking time bomb.

Time Stand Still neared tenebrific at times in terms of any future dates to the stage. Peart said he was done with touring after the band’s first tour. And, not until the Clockwork Angels tour did he feel happy about a tour. In fact, R40 was an 11th hour approval after the mates got together to discuss the band’s future – Peart was out with a slight window –  and it was Lifeson who said, “Let’s do it one more time” that fully opened it.  Lee appeared genuinely doleful, at times.

Time Stand Still was well-done and felt like a Part 2 or continuation of Beyond the Lighted Stage. Yet, Donna Halper, the woman credited for bringing Rush to the United States was nowhere other than a camera shot of a poster thanking her, and perhaps a bit too much time committed to the RushCon founder. You have to wonder who got left on the cutting room floor.

The end of touring enveloped the hour and 40 minute long film, yet, still no one broached the subject of Rush creating new music, a topic not asked or really discussed during interviews of the band members since their “retirement.” Lee and Lifeson have indicated a willingness to move forward together with Lee saying their music would sound like Rush without Neil. But writing and recording a new album is something easily done with today’s technology allowing Lee, Lifeson and Peart to collaborate from the comfort and confines of their own homes. If they so desire.

Indeed, a glimmer of hope remains to freeze the moment of Rush a little bit longer. “If there’s more there’s not a lot more,” said longtime manager Ray Danniels and as “The Garden” from Clockwork Angels somberly played while the cameras followed Lee and Lifeson off The Forum stage into the backroom, before the screen went black, Lifeson perhaps nudged the window slightly ajar.

But it wasn’t enough to diminish an overall presentiment of closure.

Written By: AndrewT

Top 10 Best* Social Distortion Songs

Social Distortion has played a significant musical role in my life. Growing up in Orange County in the 80s, it was hard to ignore this perennial punk band.

I was barely a teenager when introduced to Social Distortion along with their seminal album Mommy’s Little Monster. I wasn’t much in to punk rock but it struck a chord with me. I liked it. They quickly became a favorite and I continue to follow them to this day.

Mike Ness is the cement, foundation and remaining original member of the band as he’s managed Social Distortion through several lineup changes. It’s been 15 years since co-founder and guitarist Dennis Danell died. Ness has done a remarkable job in finding a replacement with Jonny “2 Bags’ Wickersham and in 2004 a solid bassist in Brent Harding who replaced John Maurer after a 20 year stint.

Social Distortion is approaching 40 years and in 2015 toured their self-titled 1990 album that solidified their place in rock music. Today, the punk angst is mostly gone but Ness and his band still know how to bring the fury. The evolution of Social Distortion might not sit well with punk rock purists but they’re the only band to survive all the wreckage from the past.

As with the debut Top 10 list I started with Metallica this list was difficult to boil down. Social Distortion only has eight studio albums, nine if you want to count the EP 1945 that included just three songs of which the title track I opted to leave off this Top 10 Best Social Distortion Songs list. Of those albums, the compilation Mainliner: Wreckage From The Past included the three tracks from 1945, two from Mommy’s and a few other new or alternative versions of existing songs.

*Despite the small catalogue of studio albums finding 10 to take with me on that deserted island was not easy but here goes. Believe it or not, I left off “Ball and Chain” which is likely a result of its heavy radio play and a song I’ve heard so many times.

These songs are in no particular order but I have to put an all-time favorite in the #1 spot.

  1. Story of My Life – Social Distortion (1990)

In many respects, Social Distortion’s self-titled album turned into a high school anthem for me and many others, and a big part of that was “Story of My Life” perhaps the band’s most popular song with timeless resonation. The opening guitar hook is as recognizable as any in classic rock today. Just as good as the melody and rhythm of the song are the lyrics. Back then, little did we know we’d be singing along with Ness just a few years later for the same reasons.

  1. Moral Threat – Mommy’s Little Monster(1982)

Perhaps the most under the radar song in Social Distortion’s catalog, “Moral Threat” closes out Mommy’s with Ness exasperation at his finest. If there’s one song that sums up the punk rock movement it has to be this one. Ness clearly wasn’t one to back down from a fight but his best offense came out in his lyrics. He certainly doesn’t hold back.

Moreover, “Moral Threat” showed that these young punk kids not only knew how to play but arrange a song. The slow tempo jam that starts just under halfway through slowly picking up for the next minute and half along with a blistering guitar solo proved this band had some roots that just needed some fertilizer to get a little deeper.

  1. Prison Bound – Prison Bound(1988)

Indeed, Ness was prison bound which nearly derailed the band. A heroin addiction and other law troubles almost made Social Distortion a mere footnote in the annuals of punk rock history. He got clean and returned with a very sober and somber album, six years after the band’s full length debut, of which the title track simply shines.

  1. Winners and Losers – Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll (2004)

Social Distortion’s most beautiful song. This is what endears the listener to the artist. It’s a masterpiece in terms of song writing both musically and lyrically. “Winners and Losers” is as heart wrenching as it is soulful forcing the listener to reflect on their own life and ask themselves the tough questions. It emotional in any state of mind and what a thrill it would be to sit down and talk to Mr. Ness about this song. Thank God he rose from the ashes of addiction to soldier on and eventually bring us this absolute gem.

  1. Mommy’s Little Monster – Mommy’s Little Monster (1982)

“Telling Them” almost made the cut but every parent’s nightmare is described in the title song to Social Distortion’s iconic album. That opening guitar chord is pure sugar.

  1. Bad Luck – Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992)

The follow-up album to Social Distortion included this guitar heavy song that sliced a little bit from the popular grunge era that was exploding at the time. Little did we know a hierarchy of songs and albums was forming, at least in my opinion. In some respects that’s what left off “When She Begins” a song I desperately tried to find room for on this list.

  1. I Was Wrong – White Light White Heat White Trash (1996)

Mike Ness has grown up and he finally admits it in this awesome hard rock song. It wasn’t bad luck at all, OK maybe a little, but Ness comes full circle in admitting past mistakes and says it pretty eloquently in “I Was Wrong.” I love the bridge about halfway through followed by a solid guitar solo that elevates this song to one of the band’s best.

  1. Far Behind – Greatest Hits (2007)

Ness might have exorcised his demons but that doesn’t mean the anger is gone. I’ve worked with and been around many people who “shake my hand while pissing on my leg,” heck who hasn’t, and “Far Behind” is well worth investing in an album that throws out this delicious new carrot despite being a “best of” compilation.

  1. Reach for the Sky – Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll (2004)

The opening song off the band’s first new album in the new millennium, “Reach for the Sky” is as upbeat as it is melodious. The lyrics hold on to Ness’ reflective nature as he ponders the future but surrounded by a hard rocking guitar chord and catchy hooks. The quasi acapella section helps elevate this song and shows Ness trying new and different structures.

  1. Machine Gun Blues – Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes (2010)

It’s been six years since Social Distortion’s last album! And this is the best song on it. Don’t think it’s an afterthought coming in at #10 to simply recognize this album. Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes clearly shows the band trying new and creative elements to song writing. It takes a few listens to embrace and though it’s not my favorite and probably not as punk rock as veteran fans would like, this song excels, and is Social Distortion at its finest. By the way, the guitar solo has early 80s written all over it.

It’s hard to include just 10 songs from a band that’s been such a companion for 30 years. Perhaps, the best solution is a list reflecting the number of songs the band plays during live performances. Then I could simply include what songs I want to hear live. Hopefully, 2016 brings a new album to make this list even more difficult! Feel free to list your favorite Social Distortion songs below.

Written By: AndrewT

Top 10 Best* Metallica Songs

The other day I got to listening “One,” just a fantastic Metallica song, and thought, why not a Top 10 list of Metallica songs.

I enjoy reading Top 10 lists and have occasionally done them for other publications but it’s something I’ve never done before in this forum.

I, like everyone else, get drawn into reading them. They’re quite often enlightening, usually entertaining and Top 10 lists provide an easy read for readers. However, these lists tend to be subjective and sometimes, if not always, raise the ire of someone, somewhere. Especially when it comes to music. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never thought about posting one. Providing an opinion on a concert or album is risky enough!

However, I thought it would be fun to do, stretch my boundaries and hopefully this exercise will elicit positive responses and get others to share their Top 10 songs by Metallica. If it does well and serves a purpose I’ll do more. From other bands, not Metallica.

Metallica has lots of great songs so choosing wasn’t super easy though the first five or so came rather quickly when I thought about what Metallica songs I would want with me on a deserted island. So that’s what it boiled down to. *If I had to choose what songs would accompany me on a deserted island? I only get 10 – so relax a bit if I leave out your favorite. Please, list yours!

These songs are in no particular order but you can probably guess what #1 will and should be.

  1. One – …And Justice for All (1988)

If the song was entitled “Two” I’d put it at #2 though if pressed certainly “One” would compete for the #1 Metallica song. “One” is so well done musically and lyrically it ranks right up there with Rush’s “Red Barchetta” and Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” for storytelling. It’s pleasantly long and superbly put together. This song so ruled the late 80s that even followers of New Kids on the Block blasted it from their daddy bought cars. The guitar and double bass before the five minute mark is, well, just go listen to it.

  1. Master of Puppets – Master Of Puppets (1986)

The title song off Metallica’s seminal 1986 album quite possibly raised the bar of heavy metal. In fact, heavy metal doesn’t seem a proper description for such a profound song. Progressive metal? Is that a term? It’s a song about cocaine and really why would anyone need to chop their breakfast on a mirror when they can get a taste of this high octane, eight and a half minute tract. The adagio section that starts at 3:30 – stellar musicianship.

  1. Ride the Lightening – Ride the Lightning (1984)

Another title tract! “Ride the Lightening” rides one of the purest metal solos to greatness. On just their sophomore album way back in 1984 Metallica proved they were a force to reckon with on the metal stage and it all starts with this slick tract.

  1. Holier than Though – Metallica (1991)

The so-called Black Album, more aptly their eponymous album, was also the so-called selling out album. This is when longtime fans of the band felt Metallica went mainstream and sold out with their catchy hit “Enter Sandman” which did indeed put the California natives on radio everywhere. (Remember when KROQ in Los Angeles played Metallica for about a month?) But that over-played single is not the best song on the album. Nor is the somewhat monstrosity that for some reason gets airplay “Wherever I May Roam.”

“Holier Than Though” is short, rips, and shows the guys didn’t stray too far from what their fan base felt otherwise. By the way, I applauded their effort to reach for new heights on ensuing albums but I didn’t connect well with them. Until…

  1. The Day That Never Comes – Death Magnetic (2008)

Constructed in the same vein as “One,” “The Day That Never Comes” builds on a solid crescendo for nearly half the song before a blitzkrieg of sonic delight. Whatever your opinion of the band’s albums between this 2009 effort and 1991’s self-title album, Death Magnetic brings Metallica back full circle to their metal days of yore. However, “The Day That Never Comes” just made this list and possibly would not be the lone song from the album if not for the production. It’s a hard record to hear because the recording is so dang loud. Apparently this was done purposely but whatever the reason, it backfired.

  1. Am I Evil – Creeping Death (1984)

Putting a cover song on this list gives a bit of disservice to some other worthy original selections however, what Metallica accomplishes with Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil” is on par with what Joe Cocker did with the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.” The song now belongs to the metal giants. Released as a B-side to the limited run single “Creeping Death” from Ride the Lightening “Am I Evil” is a solid anthem for the band featuring blistering guitar work and that awesome opening drum cadence.

  1. Orion – Master of Puppets (1986)

Not a lot of bands can pull off an eight-plus minute instrumental so maybe that’s why “Geddy, Alex, Neil of Rush” get a thank you credit in the linear notes on Master of Puppets. Metallica isn’t known for their instrumentals but of the handful they’ve done “Orion” is a standout. It’s much more progressive rock than heavy metal and if it already wasn’t clear being the penultimate song on the album, these guys are much more than a 4/4 time every song sounds alike band.

  1. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ride the Lightening (1984)

There are two rather popular songs that start off with a bell chime and if you’re in the car, faintly listening your first thought is, oh please not that song. Then Lars Ulrich drops the hammer, or at least drum sticks. Hammett’s guitar work is fantastic and just three songs in on the album know you know why Metallica was making waves in the 80s music scene dominated by New Wave.

  1. Fade to Black – Ride the Lightening (1984)

Lyrically as dark as it gets, “Fade to Black” is about death and suicide but seriously check out the music arrangement. You don’t even need the lyrics to know this song is depressing. It’s truly a great song to wallow your sorrows away if you find yourself at a crossroads in life, but seriously it’s just a song. Listen to the next one on this list before you get too deep.

  1. Battery – Master of Puppets (1986)

Don’t let the pretty acoustic guitar opening this gem fool you, it’s about to get hard, really hard. The opening song for Master of Puppets sets the pace for the entire album. It’s one of Metallica’s most popular songs but unlike some of the more oft played ones on local radio, you leave this one on because no matter how many times you’re heard it, “Battery” gives you a charge every time.

Several others were considered but ultimately these songs made the list which of course could change over time and hopefully gets a bit shuffled with the highly anticipated and long overdue new album now expected in 2016 – EIGHT years after their last one.

Written By: AndrewT

Review: Rush Clockwork Angels Tour – DVD/Blu-Ray

You’d think a band renowned for its consummate professionalism would think twice before hiring an amateur videographer.

The Rush Clockwork Angels Tour on video (DVD and Blu-Ray) is simply unbearable to watch. It’s not the audio, mind you, which is the saving grace of this poorly shot, directed and edited movie that miserably failed in its attempt at capturing the latest Rush tour.

The movie actually starts out quite promising. Filmed in Dallas, TX in 2012 at the end of the first leg of the Clockwork Angels Tour, the video begins with a sound check as band members Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart “go to work” if you will. They step on stage engaging in small talk with crew members and the musicians in the string ensemble. The trio grabs their gear and jumps on stage with a sound check using “Limelight.” (This track is available on the CD.) The experience brings you a perspective most never get a chance to see as Lee sings partial lyrics and the band plays to an empty arena.

The movie glides into the moments before the band steps on stage in front of a full arena and cameras capture Lee and Lifeson shouldering their respective guitars and waiting for their cue. It truly felt for a moment like a backstage documentary waiting in the wings.

Then the show starts.

A spastic array of cameras governed by a director with ADD ensues grabbing diminutive shots of the band members and the crowd from more than a dozen different angles. Would-be clever techniques come off as full blown mistakes like the out of focus scene that quickly find its subject and the direct shots into the lights that explode on screen bringing back memories of CNN’s Iraq War coverage.

One view is actually a close-up behind an audience member focusing their personal camera on the stage. And isn’t using the heads and arms of audience members to “frame” the shot what you learn not to do on the first day of your 101 class? Why do I want to see this? Show me a close-up of Lifeson playing! You also get to watch a video of a video as the camera eyes in on the stage screen. And how many times do you really need a two-second bird’s eye view of Peart drumming?

The joy of a concert video is completely removed from this DVD. Just as you start to really get a look at the intense playing the camera angle switches to a nose-bleed view of the stage, then a quick shot of an audience member, back to Lee singing, quickly over to Lifeson on guitar, back to Peart, audience member, Lifeson, nose-bleed seats, clapping hands and raised arms, Lee on bass, video of the video and on and on it goes until motion sickness starts about 10 minutes in.

Rarely do shots last more than three seconds and many are less than two. Lifeson’s awesome guitar solo on “The Analog Kid” hardly gets the kid gloves treatment and you just wish someone would leave the camera in one position and simply film. Stop moving around! The longest scene without cutting to a different camera is believe it or not about 14 seconds between the end of “The Big Money and the beginning of “Force Ten” but it’s a rolling ground view of the stage.

The production value of the Clockwork Angels Live video feels like someone employed the scantron technique to test taking when you don’t know any answers. Just randomly grab a one or two second shot from Camera 10, 3, 6, 8, 5, 2, 1,12, 11, 9, 4, 7, and then splice together with the audio and voila we have ourselves a video.

Clockwork Angels Live on DVD or Blu-Ray is best used to have on in the background during housework otherwise grab a copy of 1989’s A Show of Hands and save yourself some time and a headache.

Grade: Incomplete – please redo
Written By: AndrewT

How to Wash Concert Shirts

Little is more sacred to the concert goer than the tour or concert T-shirt.

I can attest to this. I have many.

Most are now stored away in a bin but I am known to wear a current one at least once a week. The concert shirt takes on different meanings for different people but I believe a common theme is the wearable collectable or keepsake.

In the “old days” I usually bought a concert shirt at any show attended. It was for me a reminder or bookmark, if you will, that I attended this concert during said year. To attend a show without walking away with a tour shirt almost negated the fact that I was there. In the 90s, concert shirts were a rip off – typically $25. Today, they are highway robbery – now $35 and up. For a T-shirt!

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Nowadays, I do not buy a shirt at every concert attended. Not just because the shirts are expensive and I’m of the age that

wearing one makes one pause, it’s just that I have so many and well I have other more distinguished shirts to wear. Plus, concert shirts are not exactly made of the finest fade free fabric. Besides, unless I am a really big fan of said band, why wear one?

That’s not to say that every time I attend a concert I don’t look at what’s being sold. I still like the idea of buying some sort of memento and I always glance over at the merchandise booth to see what’s on sale. Sometimes a shirt is simply so cool looking I revert back to my younger self. But then the price and my burgeoning drawers tell me otherwise.

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

When deciding on a concert shirt to buy it’s always best to choose color wisely. Granted, for whatever reason, bands often employ ridiculous and extremely loud graphics that I wouldn’t be caught dead in (another reason why I tempered my shirt purchases). So, if likeable options exist, gray is your best bet. (See exhibit A) This 2002 Gin Blossoms shirt has been washed in warm and even had grease removed using harsh chemicals. It’s just as solid a wear as it was so many years ago.

Avoid the White t-shirt. It looks good for a few washes and then it undoubtedly gets dingy. The cure? Hot wash and in worst case scenario bleach. This is the death nail for the shirt. Any newness of graphics and tour dates are gone and the shirt instantly looks 10 years old.

The most common tour shirts are black and red is gaining in popularity. Handled with kid gloves, color and graphics need not be washed away in the spin cycle. How pray tell is this accomplished?

This brings me to how to wash your concert shirts. Whether or not this is an art form is anyone’s guess however this method

Exhibit C

Exhibit C

described below works and is beneficial to anyone who cherishes their concert shirt and wishes to wear it years after attending the tour promoted on their shirt. (See Exhibit B – a Rush shirt from 2013 washed once compared to Exhibit C – a New Order shirt from 1993 washed numerous times.)

First of all, always wear a regular t-shirt under your concert T. In the winter months this allows you to delay washing by as many as two “wears” and in the warmer months keeps your souvenir from absorbing sweat. This is critical because of how you will wash your tour shirt. The methods outlined below work for all colors:

  • Never wash your shirt in warm or hot water. If your washer, as does mine, offers the “Cold Tap” option – use it! The tap is typically colder than the washer’s temperature-controlled cold setting.
  • Use Woolite! For your darker concert shirts use Woolite Dark.
  • Use a delicate or “medium” wash setting. That high spin will suck the life out of your shirt.
  • Never put your shirt in the dryer. Ever. Always hang dry.
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Exhibit D

 

Using these techniques gives years of wearing enjoyment. (See exhibit D for a Rush shirt from 1990 that did not get special treatment.) If followed religiously, that concert shirt from 20 years ago can still get a starting rotation nod. Of course, wearing and washing once a week, like any article of clothing, degrades the fabric and graphics over time rendering it useless.  Space out your wears and when signs of aging appear cut back to special occasions.

 

 

Written By: AndrewT

Ticketmaster’s Magic Seats

The following is my letter to Nathan Hubbard, the CEO of Ticketmaster. I sent this letter to Mr. Hubbard shortly after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. It was returned because of an insufficient address. There are several different addresses for Ticketmaster corporate offices. The second try was more than a month ago. Clearly it arrived but Mr. Hubbard has not responded. If and when he responds I will post his reply.

Nathan Hubbard, CEO
Ticketmaster Corp.
9348 Civic Center Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Dear Mr. Hubbard,

I recently celebrated my birthday by attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. As an avid fan of Rush for more than 30 years this opportunity provided a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

I enjoyed it immensely. It was without a doubt one of those “moments” in life one talks about years later. I got to be there! But it cost me a hell of a lot of money.

Don’t worry. This is not a letter complaining about the extraordinary fees your company tacks on to tickets sales. I resolved to myself years ago to accept the 30 to 40 percent addition of fees, handling charges, etc. I enjoy attending live concerts and in order to go I have to accept it. If you check my account you will see I am a faithful customer of Ticketmaster.

What I am writing to you about is your company’s dirty and despicable ticket selling tactics. This method of ripping the music fan off must come from your direction since you are the CEO. I will be brief but I want to explain to what happened during the purchase of these tickets.

On Feb. 1 Hall of Fame tickets went on sale. My wife and I both using different computers logged in at 10 a.m. to purchase tickets. Somehow, in less than a minute the less expensive $100 tickets were unavailable. In fact, those tickets were deemed sold out almost immediately. So, my wife blessed me with a most precious birthday gift. We opted to dig into our wallets and buy the $350 ticket. Initially there were no $350 seats together so I bought one then a second for my wife to attend. Luckily, the seats were only two rows a part directly behind one another.

Imagine my surprise when seven weeks later, magically $100 tickets suddenly were available. What’s even more shocking is I discovered these magic seats a day after the announcement and I was still able to find two seats together just a few rows behind the $350 seats! Figuring this event would be a sell-out we decided to buy the cheaper “magic” seats and sell the expensive ones.

Ebay was a joke. Hundreds of tickets were being sold. Hundreds! I opted to take a chance with ticketliquidator.com as it seemed to be a legitimate company. (If I had the time and resources to look, I’d bet you and your company have a stake in this ticket reseller.) To wrap it up, I was able to sell one of the expensive tickets for a little less than what I paid and I ate the cost of the other – more than $380.

At the event I found another person who got robbed in the same manner and yet someone else was able to buy tickets at the window for $100. What I can tell you is this event was not sold-out at least attendance wise. Seats were empty all around me as well as empty throughout the Loge section.

Mr. Hubbard – can you please explain to me how these “magic” seats suddenly came into existence? The manner and method in which Ticketmaster operates is exactly why the elected fools in Washington try to push more laws and regulations to govern and dictate how private business should be run. As long as the dishonest and corrupt financially rape the American consumer than the dishonest and corrupt with elected power dictate the terms of business ruining it for everyone.

Yes I would like a response from you on where these magic seats came from. I do not want a PR Flak to send me a form letter that clearly shows he/she never even read my letter and simply printed a pre-written letter to address complaints. I’d send along with this letter proof of my $350 ticket purchase plus fees however I figured it could stand as the most expensive worthless item I’ve ever bought.

People in this country complain so much about the direction of this country yet they never speak up, they are content to whine and complain. I’ve thought about just keeping quiet but then how can I ever expect change to happen? Ticketmaster provides a great service to the American culture but you are out of control in the grab for profiting off the backs of the music and sports fan.

I am writing to perhaps light a fire under you and tap into whatever decency you have and maybe you can bring about change. Yes, money does indeed make the world go around but eventually when life gets overly expensive more important priorities take over and that leaves you and your company without any customers.

Written By: AndrewT