First off the Star, as usual, lied about the numbers or just don’t know…
Thirty-five thousand people? Give me a break.
I got there to see Eminem about 10:55, the star of the show and many people were already leaving. Some happy, some not so much. Too hot. Too far to walk to anything. Not the right venue for this event. Crowd size was maybe low twenty thousands at best.
And I’m being generous.
Almost nobody was in the (unlighted) stands. And maybe the infield was, at best, a third full. So there could have been 20,000 people. It looked like a slightly bigger Red Friday when we had Joe Montana in Westport back in ’94.
The good news; Eminem was great!
You might as well have watched it on TV. I did. I had VIP from Chris Fritz, who is a great guy and outstanding promoter. But I doubt he’ll use this venue again. LiveStrong is a million times better. Nicer seats, easier to park, suites, new, and not a big white trash high school track, which this really is.
Kansas Speedway reminds me of a high school football field on roids.
VIP had me park about one mile from the NASCAR track – great. Then you trade your tix for the wristband, in some little house. I loved driving to that over all those rocks in my Porsche. The two girls I was with thought it was a Ferrari. Told them it was a Porsche and they said, "Oh, same thing."
Fortunately they were very hot but with the minds of a turtle.
Anyways, even though they were like 24 they bitched about the far walks to everything. Once we got inside the 90-plus degree stadium, we had to walk down 200 stairs to the field and find the bullshit VIP tent. Where you just stand on top of a platform and watch the TV monitors of Eminem. Great.
The crowd was upscale. I spoke with many who said, great bands, too hot, too much money for an uncomfortable setting and everything is a mile away from you. The lines for food and drink were longer than the ones to buy tickets.
Eminem tweeted that if you just wanted to see him to come at 10 pm and get $60 seats instead of the $100 ones for all day. The lady at the ticket booth said not a lot of people had responded to that.
Look, if you’re 22 and want adventure, haven’t been to like 500 concerts like me and most people over 35, it was kind of fun to be sweaty and walk all over hell to get a beer and pizza. And be an ant looking at a monitor of a band. So I think those people probably liked it. I had an ex girlfriend, Jessica, working a beer booth and she said she made $800 in tips, because people were desperate for anything to drink and fast.
Saw lots of hot girls, again, a very clean-cut crowd. Kinda quiet. The lights, in my opinion, were off due to the small overall crowd size that from a distance made it look empty. The field is hard to see from outside. Daytime, it likely looked better.
Now I know why NASCAR fans don’t come over to The Legends.
It’’s a hike and a half. Again LiveStrong is much closer and has much better parking. They need nicer parking lots at NASCAR, those rocks jack any nice car up. Like Sandstone, the parking is real white trash crap. So much for VIP.
In the future there can be concerts there but likely country would work better. And don’t shoot for 80,000 fans this late in summer.
Other reasons it didn’t work: FIRST FRIDAY is a smash hit (and it was First Friday), the Missouri Tax Free Day is HUGE NOW and a lot of people save and wait for that one. Too many other concerts this weekend all over the city and near us.
ROCK FEST works better because it’s cheaper, a one day event and a build up from year after year. It’s the FIRST EVENT OF THE SUMMER THAT MATTERS. People want to get out in May. in August they want Football back, school is about to start, bills are on their desks. Too many issues and it’s damn hot out. I even got a little dizzy walking up the steps to the lot and another mile to my car. Christ.
Farm Aid next week is sold out. LiveStrong is a good venue. I’d go.
There were a bunch of interesting bands, but it’s too late in the season and at the wrong venue.
Good effort though.
P.S. Zero of them shopped or ate anywhere at Legends. None. Our lots were empty, just like NASCAR.The second night of Kanrocksas will attract even less people and no Eminem.