Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Another reason I don't like Bruce Springsteen

The first and most important reason I don't like him is his music. I don't get it. It's bland and his vocals are similar to Bob Dylan, in that I can't understand them. Plus he does something I find really annoying in other genres like country. He always has a guitar but all he does is strum a few basic cords and doesn't even have it turned up enough to hear it. On top of that, he is given the nickname "The Boss" and is worshiped by his fans like he is a freaking Beatle, only a cooler American version. At least some of his fans can see the problems with his image and how it messes with reality:

Ordinary fans who got up at 10AM on Saturday morning when tickets went on sale were shut out, receiving notifications that tickets were unavailable just three minutes after the sale started. A pair of floor tickets for that show were listed for $624 even before tickets went on sale, and by Monday morning, there were more than 80 eBay listings for Springsteen at the Verizon Center, all costing hundreds of dollars. Some listed for more than a thousand dollars.

Springsteen, whose music champions the downtrodden and working man, had a similar problem in 2009, where Ticketmaste redirected some prospective customers to its own premium resale page, TicketsNow. After some people unwittingly bought tickets at multiples of face value, Ticketmaster apologized and said they would never do it again. ...

Springsteen is perhaps the most powerful entertainment advocate for the American working class, so perhaps that is why we hold the Boss to a higher standard than anyone else. The $600 ticket is just another indicator of the growing disparity between the super rich and everyone else in the United States today, especially because in between the time Greetings from Asbury Park (1973) was released to the time Magic (2007) came out, there was a 10 point drop in average worker wages and a 219 percent increase in corporate profits.

No one captures the spirit of hard working Americans like Bruce Springsteen. But in sticking with Ticketmaster, the Boss’s tours are setup for the bosses—not necessarily everyone else.

Springsteen most certainly isn't the only musician in this boat. From what I've seen and heard, this is pretty common for popular concerts. Even for that second tier of musicians that I like, such as KISS and Van Halen, the prices are pretty expensive. But as the post points out, Springsteen's image is wrapped up in being a champion of the middle class, or the average person. Yet he reaps the benefits of outrageous ticket prices while many of his fans can't enjoy seeing him perform live.

I'm not a big fan of Pearljam. Their music is ok. It just doesn't quite do it for me. But they stick to their principles and tried to fight Ticketmaster. I'm not sure what Springsteen has to say about this whole thing. But if really were what his image is he would try to do what Pearljam did make it easier for the people he claims to speak for to try and enjoy his music live.

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