Top 5 Reasons Not to Be a Concert Promoter
Have you ever dreamed of promoting your own shows? I'll bet you've even sat around at times plotting out your own bills, dreaming of how awesome it would be to see an all-star line-up of, let's say, Poison, Ratt, Tesla, WASP, White Lion, and Cinderella. And while that sounds absolutely horrific, I'm sure other people have done the same thing and had better ideas
Photo by Marco Torres Promoting a Nas show like this one could cost you more than just money.
But being a concert promoter is hard work. It can even be threatening to your life. It's not a job for the weak at heart and it's not nearly as easy as it looks. See, you have to deal with not only satisfying your whims, but satisfying the whims of both artists and their fans.
That's a whole lot of people to make happy all at once. Not everyone can manage that and in these specific cases I bring up to crush your dreams, even experienced promoters can run into some serious snags.
5. DJ Shadow Being "Too Future"
Photo by Jim Bricker
This recent incident occurred when DJ Shadow was playing a show in Miami. Shadow got just a short time into his set when someone came up and told him that he had to leave -- because the music he was playing was "too future" for the crowd.
As you can imagine, the audience was pretty upset, not at DJ Shadow but at the organizers of the show for kicking him off stage. Since this got picked up in the media, I don't expect many Miami residents will call on the Mansion club in the future. Bad publicity is just one more thing you have to worry about when promoting a show like this.
4. Danzig and His French Onion Soup
Photo by Marc Brubaker
Perhaps you remember this one from 2011. One of that year's major Fun Fun Fun Fest draws was Danzig, performing a three-part set consisting of one-third Danzig, one-third Misfits and one-third Samhain. Well, it didn't happen, save for a short Danzig set.
Behind the scenes, Danzig had been throwing fits all day, off-and-on claiming he wasn't going to play at all, complaining about having a cold and the bad weather, complaining about his set time and the stage, and ultimately demanding that the promoters bring him some french onion soup and a chicken sandwich from Wendy's.
When he did play, he was late and the promoters had to shut down the show before he got to finish. Then he tried to incite a riot. Imagine you were the person who had to deal with Danzig's shit all day, then had to tell fans they weren't going to hear him play any Misfits material, then had to deal with a potential riot. You'd be about ready to call it a day on running concerts.