Listen to the Throne
by Colin Peters, published August 10th 2011
The music (and film) industry has been undeniably shaken by the digital age. Sure, there are certain bands that quickly and enthusiastically embraced (and therefore profited from) new media. However, I argue that live performance is the saving grace of music. Just like theatre, you can’t replicate the live music experience. Bootleg recordings and concert DVD’s might do the trick, as a movie-play adaptation might, but it’s still not the same thing as being there. You can’t illegally download your way into a concert, nor can you share your one ticket with many friends. I argue that live music will be the one constant in an always-evolving industry. Unfortunately, Jay-Z and Kanye West seem to have reached the same conclusion- and we’re all going to pay for it.
Have you heard ‘Watch the Throne’ yet? It’s phenomenal. I’ve been looking forward to that record since Kanye first tweeted: ‘Me and Jay bout to drop a 5 song album called ‘Watch the Throne,” back in August. I like Jay-Z. I like Kanye West. The thought of them collaborating for an entire album was excellent. True to my expectations, the album is quite good. It’s a solid release from two talented artists.
Unfortunately, my incredible excitement for their album was quickly washed away with the reality of their tour. Where are all the Jay-Z and Kanye fans at?! I’ll tell you where they’re at: the sold-out fourth level of the TD Garden. I understand they’re trying to make money here, but seriously, the cheapest ticket is $75? There are still some great seats available; but I’m not trying to pay $264 for one lower level ticket or $124 to sit behind the stage. How out of touch are they? The fact that the fourth level sold out so fast clearly illustrates that the price is restrictive. I’m sure there are plenty of fans with a little extra cheddar, but I’ll be really impressed if they sell out a show with those kinds of prices. I’ve heard of bands like U2 and the Rolling Stones charging similar prices, but that’s for supreme seats; and I think it’s safe to say that the typical Stones fan is quite different than a Kanye fan.
I really wanted to see that show.
I’d love to ‘Watch the Throne.’ But, for that price I think I’ll just listen to the throne instead. I’ll make sure the neighbors are out, turn up the bass, grab a throne of my own and pretend.
Are any of you going? Comment below and remember to invite me if you have an extra ticket. I will pay you in compliments and high-fives.