[Another guest post by a friend of A Journal of Musical Things. Today’s piece is by Mark Silver. – AC]Read more
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Back in the day, the pairing of the opening act on a tour would be the decision of the promoter or the result of some kind of deal with the label, often with weird outcomes.
For example, Jimi Hendrix once warmed up the crowd for the Monkees back in 1967. I remember seeing a rockabilly band called The Shakin’ Pyramids forced to stand before a Van Halen audience. The Beastie Boys pissed off many when they opened for Madonna in 1985. And what about that Ramones/Toto bill in 1979?
In each case, the opening had to deal with hostile, indifferent and sometimes non-existent audiences.
But things have changed. Increasingly, the headliner is hand-picking who will open for them on a tour and encouraging fans to get to the gig on time to see the support act. This has helped to immensely increase the status of the opener. From the Wall Street Journal:Read more
So, yes, I have a new gig. Below is the press release from Astral that explains what’s going to happen.
It’ll be great to be back on the radio across the country and beyond. And I can keep the dog in kibble for a little while longer.Read more