the last show
This is the time when Landau has to stop fucking around with the fanbase. There can be none of this “last area show” bullshit that we had at the end of Rising, where somehow Shea Stadium was not considered to be in the same “area” as Giants Stadium.
The last show has to be as big as possible. Yes, it has to be a stadium. No one, repeat, no one, should be left out of the cold if they are ready to step up and buy a ticket. There is no way the last E Street Band show should be exclusionary. (Yes, I realize that an $100 ticket price is exclusionary by design, but that’s another story for another day.)
But tell us already. If it’s Milwaukee, then tell us so we can get out there. If it’s Philadelphia, then tell us so we can get off work and arrange babysitters and start saving now. I don’t often posit that an artist owes their audience anything, but in this case, Bruce and Landau need to stop the bullshit and TELL US WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN RIGHT NOW.
And if you don’t know for sure, tell us that too. Say, “We think this might be the last one, but we don’t know for sure. So if you are concerned and want to be at the last one, you should come on out to the midwest. But we might have another one later.”
There is no way you don’t know. There is no way you don’t have an idea right now.
Gas will be $5 by the 4th of July. We’re heading into a recession. The cost of everything is going up. This is not the time to be anything less than 100% honest with your audience. So do it already.
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