Friday, January 15, 2010

It's Not About Wilco

I'm not a big Wilco fan, although I can appreciate their music and interesting musical journey.

I had no intention of going to the National to see them though.

But I am beyond impressed that a week after tickets for their March 29th show went on sale, it is sold out.

In a town notorious for waiting until the last possible minute to buy tickets, RVA has rallied and scarfed up every single ticket for a show that is two and a half months away.

And, as any regular concert-goer knows, we just don't do that, which makes this particularly notable.

I've been to more than a few sold-out shows at The National, among them MGMT, Neko Case, The Shins, My Bloody Valentine, The Decemberists and not one of those shows sold out so far in advance.

I remember a friend deciding to go to the Shins the day of the show, only to be surprised that it had sold out four days earlier.

Four days!

But Richmond has redeemed itself in my eyes.

True, it's not a show I had any desire to attend (unless I'd been offered a free ticket), but for those who did, committing early is a beautiful thing.

Could we maybe carry this over to future shows, demonstrating to the music world that we are worthy and will support touring bands before the day of the event?

I can only hope.


  1. your so right about this!! this town can be so lame but maybe thats changing finally. great blog too!

  2. So, have you been to a live Wilco show? It is an experience worth experiencing.

  3. I have no doubt that Wilco is worth seeing, but sadly I do not have an unlimited concert-going budget. Having just this week bought tickets to several other shows, I could not justify an additonal $31 purchase.
    On the other hand, if someone handed me a free ticket, I would defintely be there for the experience. I am a huge live music fan and average a show or two a week, so it's not for lack of interest. I'm a huge music geek after all.
    And as I wrote, I do appreciate Wilco and their ever-evolving sound.