Well, this was to be the turn around New Years Eve in Kansas City…
It fell on a Saturday and it was a balmy 65 degrees outside. Hope was in the air. Unfortunately, things were pretty quiet. I cased the city out and can now tell you that New Years Eve has officially become a secondary holiday.
That’s so damn sad.
And not just here, but across the nation. First the good news.
I had to go to Stanford’s first because both of our shows were 95% sold out. Thank god. Nikki Glaser, a former KU student, was the star and she drew very well all week. The Legends though is not a big night club area, so the overall attendance was just average. We left Stanford’s at 10:30 after I did the opening for our second show.
My little posse, wound through Westport, the Plaza and Power & Light jand Union Station ust to see what was up.
Everything we saw was just O.K. None of the party zones were dead but the Plaza was the slowest with no major nightclubs or events. Westport was above average and P & L had the biggest New Year’s Eve crowds with a paid to get into party. It was decent, but not crazy busy.
Union Station had a nice middle age crowd with some young adults but mostly it was 35 and up. It had a great live band and the neat thing was they shot fireworks off at midnight indoors. That was cool. Overall it was well done with decent food and a crowd of maybe 500 people.
However, I expected more. Last year I did the Hyatt and it had 2,500 plus, but Sheraton chose not to do it this year.
Overall the city steets looked like on a weeknight – in other words, it was slow.
I didn’t see that many cops out and NO DUI checkpoints. I was told there would be several but I saw zero. Maybe it just wasn’t worth it with it with the light traffic.
Again, it wasn’t dead, but it just wasn’t very busy out. WHY?
I was talking with my 42 year old agent in LA, Matt and he laid out his reasoning.
When we were growing up, New Year’s was a big deal for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.
That’s not the case today. We had the TOP 40 countdown to see what the No. 1 song of the year was. Today there are so few hit songs nobody cares. We shot off fireworks, M-80’s and went nuts. Younger people today grow up blowing up stuff on the Internet and in video games.
Back in the 80’s and 90’s we had to take our date to a great restaurant, a party and then a hotel room – booze, weed and party time. People still party but not much at the really nice restaurants. It’s more like get a pizza, play Xbox, smoke a joint or two, rent a movie and you’re good.
People used to have huge parties at their homes with hot chicks and bartenders. There were a few of these on the Plaza this year, but not that many people wanted to spend the money and have their house trashed these days.
In 2000 they said the world would end, computers would crash and the stock market did.
It’s never been the same since.
To be honest, too many people just don’t care about THE NEW YEAR much anymore. Hope has been watered down, the economy is poor – there are just too many headaches – bills, work, kids, ex wives, urban crime, DUI check points. And we’ve all got lots of TV to watch.
There’s football on Sunday, so what more do we need? There are fewer if any real nightclubs anymore to have a big bash. Hotel parties are less personal, you hardly anyone there.
At midnight, 90 percent of the Union Station crowd started to leave. WHAT? What happened to the 2 AM crowd?
People go home because they’re afraid of cops, urban crime, light rain, and hey, they want to get up early and watch something on TV.
Yeah, the wild New Year’s Eves are over for most people.
Remember this one? "Hey, lets go to Las Vegas for New Year’s, it’ll be crazy!" Don’t hear that one much anymore.
It was 65 degrees, clear, Saturday. It was New Years Eve 2012 but most people just didn’t care.
I almost shed a tear.
I love the party of life and watching it fade away is a crime.