Re: Can we say... this is a BIG FLOP?
Date: June 29, 2006 10:27
We'll see. If the concerts are as good as they were is the US, I will not consider it a flop. The reason for this: If they play 21 good shows in the 6/7 weeks between Keith's 'good to go' and the start of the football season in Europe, I think they've done very well, as performing artists.
Rergarding the organisation, I would say that there are many concerts cancelled that didn't sell very good. They don't need to make anything up for that. (Amsterdam II, Paris II, one or two German shows). But there were also shows cancelled in places they don't visit very often, that sold out very very fast, (greece, Zagreb? and some others) and in Spain and Scandinavia. I think they have something to make up there, if the fans over there feel so. Depending on what happens in the future, I can tell whether it has been an organisational flop. No verdict yet.
On the part of communication, it has been very Rolling Stones I suppose. Problem is that they probably never had such a major 'thing' to explain, so in all the other cases, the lack of communication did't matter so much. In this case, you could say that every enterprise, with customers (we do not behave like Capitalist post-modern customers) and shareholders, would have been blown up if they'd acted like this. The difference with Stones Inc, is that regular enterprises need money, have continuïty as a mission, and have critical customers to satisfy, who are not (that is where the post-modern comes in) loyal to brands anymore.
I hope they will prove people wrong, and come back in 2007, 2008, whenever.