John Corobi is a legendary name in the music world. His contribution to the world of music are exemplary. After rejoining The Dead Daisies in May, the band’s current lineup includes founder and guitarist David Lowy, along side another guitarist Doug Aldrich, drummer Brian Tichy and bassist Michael Devin. Devin is playing with the band for the first time.
John joined Motley Crue in 1992 as the replacement for original singer Vince Neil. The album released after this wasn’t a commercial success, although it made to the Top 10 album charts. It’s all under the bridge now, as when Neil returned Carobi joined Bruce Kulick and formed UNION.
Carobi recently spoke with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio, in an audio interview. The Dead Daisies frontman was asked if he thinks that people like to book advance tickets for a concert, or has the trend changed. John responded with his thoughts, that people aren’t buying concert tickets in advance.
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According to the transcription by Blabbermouth, Carobi thinks that since the pandemic things have changed. People want to be comfortable with their space instead of stepping out for a concert. John narrated some examples which testify that people don’t like to buy advance concert tickets anymore. He said
Well, yes and no. The funny thing is, even my solo shows, even in Europe, just throughout the world, it’s been kind of hit-or-miss. It’s either incredibly packed or it’s just a little ‘eh.’ I still think we’re still being inundated with new versions of Covid and all the shit that’s going on in the news. I think you’re finding that some people got very complacent and comfortable just sitting on their couch, and they’re, like, ‘Fuck it. I don’t even wanna go out anymore. Who cares?
I think, to a degree, some of these companies, which will remain nameless, that were doing the bigger concerts — one that comes to mind is, for example, the MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD, POISON, Joan Jett extravaganza that was out there. That concert kept getting postponed for the better part of two years, and a lot of the fans were complaining, because Live Nation, for example, had some little stipulation, when you bought a ticket in advance, once Covid hit, you had a small window to request a refund for the tickets, and if you didn’t do it, then they had the right to hold on to your money and just postpone indefinitely. So a lot of fans, I’m kind of seeing that the fans aren’t apt to buy tickets in advance like they used to do. They’re waiting till the last minute and just walking up to the door and buying tickets at the door.
Another example: I just did a show. I was on tour with WINGER and Tom Keifer, doing a solo acoustic thing. And we just did a bunch of shows. And it was crazy. I had some friends here in Nashville that were, like, ‘Oh, I’m going to come and see you at the Ryman [Auditorium].’ And they went to buy a ticket in advance and the face value of the tickets were 50 bucks, but with the handling fees and the Ticketmaster fees and all these other fees that they tacked on, the ticket actually wound up being something like 125 or 130 dollars. So there was 70 dollars of fees on a fifty-dollar ticket. And, oddly enough, a couple of my friends waited till the last minute and they bought a ticket at the door for 50 bucks. So there’s just this complete disconnect in it. I can’t put my finger on it.
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