Josh, your Nickelback piece has made you a star. Here, I point out to the unwashed masses, Josh has written positively about Jonathan Richman, who deserves it.
"I'm in love with modern moonlight/128 when it's dark outside."
Oh, and those who want a laugh (and more good music) should check out "Pablo Picasso" by The Modern Lovers.
"The promotor complains that "this type of journalism makes it much harder to bring in acts" like Nickelback.
"Isn't that the point?"
No, it's not. Putting aside speculation about whether this promoter lives in an alternative universe where music critics have been banished, what people are arguing about here is whether Josh Gross's blurb was appropriate. My answer is, sure it was; that's his opinion, and anyone who likes the band can tell Josh to stuff it and go see them. Those who don't know about Nickelback can check out their music on the Web and listen for themselves. Pretty darn easy these days to be an informed consumer.
It's not Josh Gross's job to blindly endorse acts just because a local promoter has brought them in. Nor is it his job simply to write some inoffensive drivel telling people Nickelback is coming to town. If anything, by expressing his completely negative assessment of Nickelback's music, he has done the group a favor: Real fans will want to show their loyalty by buying tickets and supporting the band, and others will want to see what the fuss was all about. Anyone who decides whether to see Nickelback based solely on what Gross wrote is -- gee, I hate to use this word, but here goes -- a fool. And what was it Michael Douglas (as Gordon Gekko) said in "Wall Street?" "A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place."
In the end, the marketplace will determine how many tickets are sold.
If you're into music, it's pretty easy these days to find out what shows are coming up. There are these things called "advertisements" which provide the names of acts that have been booked. These "ads," as they're sometimes called, usually also tell you what date the concert will occur. In addition, promoters can buy separate ads that take up a quarter-page (or even an entire page) in alternative weeklies, to ensure that as many people as possible know about the upcoming show. If Nickelback is indeed as successful as some folks are implying, I would think they'd be able to afford a little advertising.
Oh, and these ads also can be bought to run on the radio, and even during TV shows. Sometimes the TV people are so eager to get "exclusive" interviews with band members that they'll give the acts free air time -- before they come to town!
So many options to promote these acts! Who cares if someone like Josh Gross (who wrote a hilarious piece) slams bands like Nickelback. If that's all it takes to keep people from buying tickets, then they must not be very good.
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