Topic: no more live Joe for us....
as some of you may know I have waffled on before about my concerns for the direction the music industry is going in terms of engaging children as it is a real minority of them who are into what I would call "real" music.
I recall there being debate on Joe's increasing ticket prices and we have sadly realised that we just cannot justify £220 for the 4 of us to go see Joe next year, it is just too much money in these difficult times - with Brighton being just down the road my wife and 2 kids wanted to go to this one. My 11 year old daughter still talks about standing in the rain watching Joe a few years back at Guilfest. - It is absolutely brilliant that a child who knows nothing about rock/blues or Joe can stand at the front of one of Joe's live shows and be completely enthralled by his performance. I have taken my son to a few gigs on his own, - the pair of us got to see Joe's first gig at Hammersmith and again the pair of us got to see Warren Haynes at Shepherds Bush this year. - Warren and his keyboard player Nigel Hall were really enthused to see a 12 year old at the front of the stage and said so when we got to speak to them after the show.
Not Joe's fault at all, and I do not want my moaning to come across as in any way negative towards him because this is very much a music industry problem, not a Joe one.
It is hardly surprising that kids today are not into live music and think that the music world revolves around MTV approach. I know that I am in the minority but can't help but think the music industry and venues could be more proactive to engage children by offering concession pricing for the kids, - if football can allow kids in for £1 and moto racing circuits allow them in for free if accompanied could the music industry not do something?
In my opinion for real music to survive it needs children to be interested not us oldies, - I guess we are lucky to have 2 children who are involved in music, - son with his guitar and daughter with her keyboard and violin, but I am convinced that music is at its best when played or seen live as that is where the real emotion of performance comes across to encourage kids to go out and do it for themselves. - Perhaps dramatic but the music industry is being "attacked" by mediocrity with the "X" factor type of approach, - not knocking the ability of SOME of these artists but if you take a step back you will see that that too much of the focus is on laughing at the failures and chucking out those that are not appreciated in a very public way in the name of entertainment.
I hope my thread here does not come across as me moaning about myself or my own situation because my concern is a lot greater than that. I would be interested to know if others share my concerns?
Does quality live music have a problem and should more younger children be engaged? Or is it about the oldies having something for themselves away from the kids?