Play that old song

Or don’t play no song at all

Johnny Cash, the old songs stir emotional memories

CD Baby published a story Keep Your Old Songs from Going Stale which reminds us that fans come out to concerts to hear the old songs.

It’s more than sentimentality, the brain releases dopamine when we hear music we know and like, often on anticipation of a special musical phrase.

Some artists like Bob Dylan like to keep old songs fresh by changing the arrangements so they don’t get sick of them. Continue reading Play that old song

Your next concert ticket could cost $1,000

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

Scalping by artists goes big time according to Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor

By Trent Reznor, March 15, 2009

As we approach on-sale dates for the upcoming tour, I’ve noticed lots of you are curious / concerned / outraged at the plethora of tickets that somehow appear on all these reseller sites at inflated prices – even before the pre-sale dates. I’ll do my best to explain the situation as I see it, as well as clarify my organization’s stance in the matter.

NIN decides to tour this summer. We arrive at the conclusion outdoor amphitheaters are the right venue for this outing, for a variety of reasons we’ve thoroughly considered*.

In the past, NIN would sell the shows in each market to local promoters, who then “buy” the show from us to sell to you. Live Nation happens to own all the amphitheaters and bought most of the local promoters – so if you want to play those venues, you’re being promoted by Live Nation.  Continue reading Your next concert ticket could cost $1,000