About that triple bill of Bob Dylan, Wilco & My Morning Jacket at Sandstone – ain’t gonna happen, sources say.
The so-called Americanarama Festival of Music had been looking for a shed date here but the fest was pricey and there were concerns about the drawing power of 71 year-old Dylan as headliner.
Dylan’s rep as a live act has suffered mightily over the course of the last 20 years. And while geezer bands like Paul McCartney and Tom Petty are still making the rounds as festival headliners, there’s growing evidence that those days are numbered.
“All you’ve got to do is go to their site and see what’s available, your jaw will drop,” Lefsetz says. “Enthralled with the ancient British rockers, the mainstream press has completely dropped the ball on this story…that the bottom just dropped out of the Stones business.”
Lefsetz went online to see what seats were available for the band’s May 3rd gig at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, “home to more poseurs than anywhere but the Cote d’Azur.”
After selecting the best seat at any price option and clicking “find tickets”, Lefstez was stunned to learn that not only could he “sit right down front,” he could “still get 8 seats together in desirable sections!”
Translation: “Sales are horrific,” Lefsetz says.
Lefsetz blames it on “greed,” but I think people are just tapping out on ancient mariner bands that no longer have the chops.
“This time around, prices are so damn high the public is balking, which surprises even me, because this truly looks like the last tour,” Lefsetz says. “But what we’ve learned here is the mania surrounding recent Stones shows has been created by the press, there’s just not that much demand, people cared more about Miley Cyrus and Beanie Babies. Yes, parents care more about their kids than decrepit rockers.
“Then again, the Stones have been doing weak business for eons. You could always get a ticket. So where does this leave us?
Back to my contention, that bands like McCartney are snoozers.
“If you think the Stones are phenomenal in concert, you haven’t seen them, or are used to the Grateful Dead,” Lefsetz says. “They lock on occasionally, otherwise, it’s rough.”
Still wanna see the Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket bill?
The presale is going down now in Nashville.