Doug wrote:That would be a great thing to do going into next year for those hesitant to gamble on early bird tix. If Kathy threw a big bone to the crowd with a solid early signing, get some early excitement going, early tix sales, could be a very good thing.
We bought our 2012 tickets in August last year. It paid off when Kid Rock was announced in November/December. It caused several people I know to go ahead and buy their tickets in December. However, I can see it the other way too. If you're not a KR fan, you are saying to yourself, "that's one headliner down. I think I'll wait to see the other two. And I might as well wait for some other bands to announce as well". Without the ability to throw stupid money at 3 headliners like WE Fest does, the promoters have to wait until Christmas and early Spring to see how the Summer touring season is shaking out. I don't have a problem with it. It's the nature of the classic rock business.
My thought is that a killer lineup comes at a killer price and involves us footing the additional cost. Would everyone be willing to put up with a VIP area in the pit?, GA paying $50 more per year?, and VIP paying $100-$500 more? Not me. I like it the way that it is. Don't you?
As an example, an unfortunate downside to the Halfway Jam is their VIP area that covers the entire front of the stage, it is way too large, and it is embarrassingly empty for most performances. Even when occupied, it is full of corporate sponsors and others that didn't pay for their tickets. In other words, not usually big fans of that particular band. Let's not go down that road. I hope they can find new revenue sources without changing the awesome freedom this Jam has always had.