According to this business report from Germany, only a third of the tickets have been sold for the Hamburg “Live Earth” concert for carbon depletion. Hmmm. Nine days left until Al Gore’s grand, global smash, and they’re only a third of the way?
Organizers are putting on a happy face: “Given the time frame and late start on advertising, we’re actually still on target,” said Live Earth spokesman Frank Ehrich. Really? With only 13,000 of the 45,000 available tickets being sold? They’re not even that pricey by European concert standards, with the most expensive ticket going for 55.50 Euros.
As much as we’d love to blame the Hamburg headliner, Snoop Dogg — a convicted felon and obscene degrader of women — we suspect it’s more the weak lineup that’s at fault: Chris Cornell, Jan Dela, Reamonn, Sasha, Silbermond, Michael Mittermeier, Katie Melua, Mono Diao, Lotto King Karl, Mana and Juli. Oh boy.
But perhaps another factor’s coming into play: People don’t attend a rock concert to be lectured at. “How was the show?” “Ugh. I went to see a band and an Al Gore Powerpoint presentation broke out.”
Meanwhile, still waiting for a reporter to ask Al Gore the question: Mr. Vice President, in having Snoop Dogg as a performer — and Akon, too, for that matter — you are using performers who demean women, promote violence and commit crimes, even as you preach positive social change. Aren’t you the one committing an assault on reason?
UPDATE (2 p.m.) Oh, things are now bound to improve. Enrique Inglesias has signed on!
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