The memories of Keith Urban in Saskatoon are still pretty fresh! I can’t tell you just how cool it was to walk into his little pre-concert space to “Hi Gloria!” coming from Keith’s lips. If you like yourself a bit of an accent then you too would be swooning! And the smell in that little area – after a big HUG from Keith and an up close photo .. you carried a little Keith with you for most of the concert!!
The Graffiti U tour was a hit. Thinking back, I saw Keith in Red Deer along time ago and sat in the 1st row. I met him before out at Craven – it is always the same, you are just like a friend! The shows are fun, uplifting and energetic. 5 Stars!!!
What is on the horizon for the next concert.
Many people live from show to show with work and family squished in between. In our time, going to concerts sure has changed. From a single truck unloading a stage show that basically includes speakers, mics and a band to artists rolling in with a full band, back up singers, horn section, special effects and speakers that require a convoy of trucks. Artists that just don’t roll in on a bus but rather fly from show to show. OR like Keith Urban and Eric Church – fly home from shows and then back on the road.
It is BIG BUSINESS, baby! I think we all get that – speaking of CKRM “core” artists.
Coming soon: in 2019 big ticket names that bring bigger better shows to the arenas around us.
Elton John’s final farewell will be a two night stand in Saskatoon. I saw Elton in Calgary just before I moved back to Regina. It was like my parting gift to myself! It was great. I paid premium cash for a ticket on the floor. That was okay, but not sure it was worth $250. bucks. Elton was great, the band -the original members. A bit of a side note was Elton taking on a security guy because the security guy was being a jerk! Price of admission – paid!!
Eric Church has his “Double Down” concert dates set with two dates in Toronto. Nothing out West in Canada – yet! Church has gone about setting different levels of “security” for purchasing tickets. However, it all comes at a cost. Not unlike Elton John, these guys and their management teams are working on keeping the musical experience for the fan. Except a fan does need a second job to buy the tickets or at least have the ways and means to buy into the fan club, get to the gig – travel and accommodations and buying the merch! But it is your choice, correct.
Some will pay without batting an eye, others will think about all the cost and the headaches. Being on this end of the ticket experience, I am always amazed at who goes to shows. The thrill of live music never gets old – even when it comes at a price.