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    Springsteen on Tour: WTF

    New tour and album announced. Playing Ottawa and Toronto, not Montreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin
    New tour and album announced. Playing Ottawa and Toronto, not Montreal.
    Why not Montreal? Didn't he play Montreal on his last tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin
    New tour and album announced. Playing Ottawa and Toronto, not Montreal.
    Looks like i`ll be heading to Toronto or Ottawa to see The Boss. Saw him in Montreal & Toronto back in 2003 and he was absolutely fantastic! My best concert ever, along with the recent U2 concert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver
    Why not Montreal? Didn't he play Montreal on his last tour?
    Nope. I went to Ottawa for that one as well. Here's more info:
    Oct 2 - Hartford, CT - Hartford Civic Center - On sale Sep 8
    Oct 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center - On sale Sep 8
    Oct 9-10 - E Rutherford, Continental Airlines Arena - On sale Sep 10
    Oct 14 - Ottawa, ONT - Civic Centre - On sale Sep 17
    Oct 15 - Toronto, ONT - Air Canada Centre - On sale Sep 17
    Oct 17-18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden - On sale Sep 10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
    Looks like i`ll be heading to Toronto or Ottawa to see The Boss. Saw him in Montreal & Toronto back in 2003 and he was absolutely fantastic! My best concert ever, along with the recent U2 concert.
    I was at the Montreal show myself. He is, bar none, the best live performer going. I was never a huge fan of his until I saw him in concert. I'll never miss another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin
    Nope. I went to Ottawa for that one as well. Here's more info:
    Oct 14 - Ottawa, ONT - Civic Centre - On sale Sep 17
    I just noticed that he`ll be playing at the Civic Center instead of Scotiabank Place (formerly known as the Corel Center). Where did he perform when you saw him last year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin
    I was at the Montreal show myself. He is, bar none, the best live performer going. I was never a huge fan of his until I saw him in concert. I'll never miss another.
    Same here. I was a fan, that`s all. Mostly a fan of his `Born in the USA`album & that was basically it. But once i saw him live....wow!! Amazing!! He played non-stop for nearly 3 hours!! I saw him during the `Rising`tour. I have the dvd of his Barcelona concert near that time & its nearly identical to his show in Mtl that i saw. A few months later, in September, i saw him at the Skydome in Toronto (now called Rogers Center). I didn`t like his show that much since the building is much bigger than a hockey arena (such as the Bell Center & ACC). We were too far from the stage due to this & the atmosphere wasn`t as warm as compared to a smaller setting. Everyone on the field level was standing up during the whole time & my back was killing me. Sat next to a well-known US movie actor (we spent the evening fetching beers for one another) who was in town for the film fest and is thoughts were the same as me. In Mtl, i had sat in the first row of seats to the right of the stage.

    Anyways, along with U2, Springsteen is the best live act i`ve ever seen & i`d go and see him again and again...as long as he`s not playing at a baseball or football stadium, that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
    I just noticed that he`ll be playing at the Civic Center instead of Scotiabank Place (formerly known as the Corel Center). Where did he perform when you saw him last year?
    I saw him at the Corel Center, though it was trimmed down to only seat about 5000 people. This was a solo show. I assume the Civic Center is a smaller venue than the Scotiabank Place?

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    The Civic Center is in my home town is 10,000 seats but it is configured to 3,200 or 5,700 seats for a theatrical style venue.

    To answer your question why the Boss isn't going to Montreal: Money! (i.e.: not enough)

    By the time they pay off all the impresarios and other bottom feeders and hassles, there is little margin left!

    It is unfortunate, but the bottom feeding acts and dishonest business practices of a few of these types has given Montreal a bad reputation when it comes to big names coming to the city.

    Being in the tourism industry myself I see and hear of all kinds of scams going around Montreal when it comes to tourists and other money coming to the city. Doubt that any big professional associations will be looking at Montreal as a place to hold conferences next summer after a number of incidences where participants and associations faced unexpected costs not seen in contracts etc. throughout this past spring/summer.

    Just like the escort scene once someone earns a reputation of dishonest practices then its all over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audigy
    TBy the time they pay off all the impresarios and other bottom feeders and hassles, there is little margin left!

    It is unfortunate, but the bottom feeding acts and dishonest business practices of a few of these types has given Montreal a bad reputation when it comes to big names coming to the city.

    Being in the tourism industry myself I see and hear of all kinds of scams going around Montreal when it comes to tourists and other money coming to the city. Doubt that any big professional associations will be looking at Montreal as a place to hold conferences next summer after a number of incidences where participants and associations faced unexpected costs not seen in contracts etc. throughout this past spring/summer.
    I agree with your statement. But this is often the case of cities or countries that are having a hard time economically. Montreal's economy doesn't come close to Ottawa's & Toronto's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin
    I saw him at the Corel Center, though it was trimmed down to only seat about 5000 people. This was a solo show. I assume the Civic Center is a smaller venue than the Scotiabank Place?
    The Springsteen show that you saw...was it the acoustic show?

    Yeah, the Civic Center is half the size of Scotiabank Place. I'm surprised he won't play at the bigger arena, but maybe this is because that building was already occupied on that particular night. I last went there when Neil Diamond was in town & he packed the place. I"m certain that The Boss could do the same & more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
    The Springsteen show that you saw...was it the acoustic show?

    Yeah, the Civic Center is half the size of Scotiabank Place. I'm surprised he won't play at the bigger arena, but maybe this is because that building was already occupied on that particular night. I last went there when Neil Diamond was in town & he packed the place. I"m certain that The Boss could do the same & more.
    Yes, the acoustic show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin
    Oct 2 - Hartford, CT - Hartford Civic Center - On sale Sep 8
    Oct 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center - On sale Sep 8
    Oct 9-10 - E Rutherford, Continental Airlines Arena - On sale Sep 10
    Oct 14 - Ottawa, ONT - Civic Centre - On sale Sep 17
    Oct 15 - Toronto, ONT - Air Canada Centre - On sale Sep 17
    Oct 17-18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden - On sale Sep 10

    Of those dates listed, you have two "local" in Canada.

    Hartford is more 'New England' and he'll expect to draw some Bostonians down that way (as well as the Nothern suburbs of NYC).

    Philly will have alot of his hardcore, die-hard South Jersey & Jersey coast fans.

    MSG in NYC can actually be a boring place for shows because of too many music industry comp tickets going out.

    East Rutherford (that's in New Jersey for those of you who aren't locals) is more commonly known as 'Giants Stadium'. That's generally considered to be Springsteen's "home" arena when he tours so it's the place to be.

    Not too many can sell out a football arena for ten shows like he can.

    And if you've never seen him with his original "E Street Band", you don't know what you're missing. They are the world's ultimate rock party band. How many bands can get an entire football stadium up on their feet dancing?

    If they played at your wedding, you'd be a legend.

    Here's a tip, though. He's popular enough that the promoter will keep adding shows. And the shows will keep selling out.

    But after 7 or 8 shows even the people who have seen 2 or 3 shows don't want no more. The last few shows are usually way "over-sold" and if you go to show #8, 9, or 10 you will actually find people in the parking lots GIVING tickets away for FREE. No joke. The scalpers get too greedy!

    How do I know? I had tickets for shows #3 and #9 last time and I couldn't ditch the tickets that my friends stiffed me with when they bailed on show #9 just a few days before the show.

    Scalpers were out there with dozens and tons of people in my same situation who were just trying to give 'em away.

    So, if he adds a ton of more dates, and they're all at 'The Meadowlands' (or 'Swamplands' as people from NYC will call it), there's a real good chance you can actually see the show for little to nothing if you want to go out on a limb.

    If not ... well there's always a great "tailgate" going on for a couple of hours before the show. Just make sure you're a real Springsteen fan because I can guarantee that that's all you'll hear 'til the time you leave.


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    Quote Originally Posted by incognito_NYC
    East Rutherford (that's in New Jersey for those of you who aren't locals) is more commonly known as 'Giants Stadium'. That's generally considered to be Springsteen's "home" arena when he tours so it's the place to be.
    This is NOT Giant's Stadium. This is the Continental Airlines Arena, formerly known as the Brendan Byrne Arena. It is the home of the New Jersey Devils and New Jersey Nets. With 2 shows, there will be about 35,000 tickets available and they will be like gold. It is possible that they could add 3 more dates, before Ottawa. They will still be like gold.

    There were 10 shows at Giants Stadium in 2003 and probably about 750,000 tickets.
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    To the best of my knowledge, politics are the main reason that so many big names don't come here anymore. Local labour must be used for a lot of the "roadie" work, transport must be paid off, and the promoters even have to pay ,to the kilowatt, for the electricity used. Too many union hands out, along with the taxman's. That's why the film industry no longer looks to Montreal either. I can't say I blame them for not coming. Montreal has gotten pretty lame over the years. Concert wise, the new audience just gets up and leaves, the minute the lights come back on. Gone are the days of pounding on the boards at the Forum until the band came back on stage. Oh well.
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