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Old Posted Dec 15, 2011, 7:27 PM
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This concert is actually taking place at the Metro Centre.

And don't put down the old rock! I was born after most of it was written but I still respect classic rock more than any other genre of music. Not to mention they actually had skill. Most artists today put so much technical bs into the sound of their music that behind it all their really just talentless boobs lol.
Yes, many pop artists don't have as much musical skill as some of their elders, but there is still a whole lot of good music being made today. It's a little bit harder to find, but it's still out there.
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I think there are a very few new musicians that could fill the commons the way the older bands still touring can. If you take the numbers, (inflated ones or actual) they show that the older ones (Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney) do significantly better than the current acts (Black Eyed Peas). It’s too bad the actual attendance for all the concerts in Halifax was less than desired, but I guess as long as the acts keep getting their money upfront maybe they will keep coming? For a market like Halifax, the older groups just have a broader draw, plus bands like U2 and the Rolling Stones have huge production budgets that most newer groups don't have.

On another note the Tom Petty website has the St John's show on the tour (June 3), but no mention of Halifax yet, although almost all of May is free, presumably for other Canadian and Northeast States dates.
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Has Nickelback played in Halifax? I think it is a great new-generation band.

As far as old time music goes, how about John Fogerty and some CCR music?
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Has Nickelback played in Halifax? I think it is a great new-generation band.
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Yes, Nickelback has played Halifax. I personally hope they never come back but there would be many that disagree.
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who would be on your shortlist for halifax?
There's actually been a fair number of them that have come to Halifax recently already - Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene are two big ones that immediately come to mind (even though I ended up missing AF). I saw Beady Eye when I was in Vancouver and I'd definitely put up the cash to see them again if they played Halifax. Ditto with Hey Rosetta!, but they play Halifax quite frequently anyway. It's just that none of those are Commons-material kind of acts, which personally suits me just fine since I hate big stadium-scaled concerts. I've been to some great shows in Halifax, they've just happened to be at places like the (ex-) Paragon or the Seahorse instead of the Commons or the Metro Centre. If they absolutely want those big-scale shows I'd definitely rather see them go with the dad rock rather than whatever passes for pop music lately, but I'm not any more likely to go out and see them.

And please for the love of god, no Nickelback. I dislike Calgary enough without having the association of having grown up in their pseudo-hometown.
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But didn't Chad cut his hair? Haha! All their songs sound the same to me.

So far my favorite Halifax concert(s) have been both Disturbed shows. One at the Forum and one at MC. A close second would be Lagwagon at the Old Marquee.
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There's actually been a fair number of them that have come to Halifax recently already - Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene are two big ones that immediately come to mind (even though I ended up missing AF). I saw Beady Eye when I was in Vancouver and I'd definitely put up the cash to see them again if they played Halifax. Ditto with Hey Rosetta!, but they play Halifax quite frequently anyway. It's just that none of those are Commons-material kind of acts, which personally suits me just fine since I hate big stadium-scaled concerts. I've been to some great shows in Halifax, they've just happened to be at places like the (ex-) Paragon or the Seahorse instead of the Commons or the Metro Centre. If they absolutely want those big-scale shows I'd definitely rather see them go with the dad rock rather than whatever passes for pop music lately, but I'm not any more likely to go out and see them.

And please for the love of god, no Nickelback. I dislike Calgary enough without having the association of having grown up in their pseudo-hometown.
I heard that the arcade fire concert at Alderney was very good. That is a nice outdoor venue. I was disappointed that they didn't open for U2 when I saw U2 in Montreal. I like the Cohn for a concert, and really don't like the metro centre for concerts.
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Nickelback played here twice, and both were great shows and they sold out the metro center and played on the hill and everyone loved them, so say what you want but there clearly a huge band for a reason. I'm not really sure what some of you are looking for when you say we get nothing but old bands. I'm 25 myself and I grew up listening to petty. Hes timeless. Learning to fly will never get old, same with free falling. Also we have had plenty of big name newer artists play here. Goo goo dolls played the metro center and was a great show. Rob Thomas as well. I went to both shows and they were great and I can't confirm that they were sold out but both appeared to be. Arcade Fire was epic. And of course we had Metallica last year. It would be nice to have an event like snow jam that had several great bands playing and was sold out. I forget the other show that was on the hill the following year but it too was great. Lots of great artists. Maybe not one big name but lots of talent. Personally I've seen Collective Soul play here 4 times. They definitely aren't as big as they were in the 90's but there still just as good, just not the kind of music they play on the damn radio anymore. They played at the palace actually and it was crazy how many people they fit in there. Also they played 2 sold out shows at the casino and played at the Cunard center. I've been to a ton of concerts. Driven up to Toronto for some. I have to say collective soul is the best band I've ever seen live hands down. Anyway gettin off topic a little bit, sorry. I tend to ramble uncontrollably lol.
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Nickelback played here twice, and both were great shows and they sold out the metro center and played on the hill and everyone loved them, so say what you want but there clearly a huge band for a reason. I'm not really sure what some of you are looking for when you say we get nothing but old bands. I'm 25 myself and I grew up listening to petty. Hes timeless. Learning to fly will never get old, same with free falling. Also we have had plenty of big name newer artists play here. Goo goo dolls played the metro center and was a great show. Rob Thomas as well. I went to both shows and they were great and I can't confirm that they were sold out but both appeared to be. Arcade Fire was epic. And of course we had Metallica last year. It would be nice to have an event like snow jam that had several great bands playing and was sold out. I forget the other show that was on the hill the following year but it too was great. Lots of great artists. Maybe not one big name but lots of talent. Personally I've seen Collective Soul play here 4 times. They definitely aren't as big as they were in the 90's but there still just as good, just not the kind of music they play on the damn radio anymore. They played at the palace actually and it was crazy how many people they fit in there. Also they played 2 sold out shows at the casino and played at the Cunard center. I've been to a ton of concerts. Driven up to Toronto for some. I have to say collective soul is the best band I've ever seen live hands down. Anyway gettin off topic a little bit, sorry. I tend to ramble uncontrollably lol.
I have to admit, I hadn't listened to Colective Soul before. I just played some of their songs on Youtube and I like their music. I also see that there are quite a few video clips of them playing in Halifax.
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Alderney Landing is my favourite big venue.

It can hold a lot, 8000 capacity, which is great, and has the perfect balance between facilities (stage, power, some bathrooms, greenroom) and outdoors (they cut you in on concessions).

The best show I ever did was Wilco there, perfect day, sun setting, band happy, crowd happy. Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, NoFX are all bands I have enjoyed there, and it is also a great site for Summer Rush, where Rihanna and all that kind of urban music have played.

Here is the thing about concert routing - for a lot of bands smaller than the huge outdoor festival type bands, they need dates to be 8 hours apart. When you have a bunch of buses and trucks driving from date to date, and you are "small" enough to not have more than one stage setup, your drivers drive the legal limit (it is their job, they cannot risk losing their license, insurance).

So you have to have to route the tour so that you can finish striking the stage somewhere between midnight and 1 and have it all in the trucks and rolling to the next venue for an 8-10am load in. There are always variations, but eight hours is normal, 10 is stretching it, 12 is difficult.

So, the problem with concerts coming here on routed dates, well, it isn't us. It is New Brunswick. Between here and Quebec city there are not a lot of places to play, for a certain sized band, and you have to remember, they drive here and then often drive back out past Moncton.

Sure a band can route to have the off day on the in or the out leg of the tour, but it is really hard. When we did Wilco they played the Playhouse in Fredericton. They really really wanted to play Halifax, so they played a slightly less than 700 seat theatre, the smallest venue they had played (by half or more) in a decade to make the routing work.

Most bands won't do that, because they get paid correspondingly less, obviously, and why go somewhere where you can't make bank?

And the price for a promoter to book a band that is not routed, to play a "one off," is usually significantly higher.
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I have to admit, I hadn't listened to Colective Soul before. I just played some of their songs on Youtube and I like their music. I also see that there are quite a few video clips of them playing in Halifax.
Collective Soul is a fantastic band. I'm a big fan as well.
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I think if Halifax wants to get it's music scene back to the early flames of success it experienced, it needs to avoid those big bombastic mix-match of 50k concerts right now.

The Arcade Fire show was awesome, and an example of the scale that we should be putting our efforts into. Instead of convincing the big shows to come here, we should be making ourselves a place to put on their tour list. 10X 7-8 thousand successful shows through the year, is better publicity than 1 somewhat successful 40-50k show.

Even getting some acts from the tours that pass through Montreal, like the Heavy MTL fest has some well known names, and a lot of local acts to bulwark it. Even getting two of those bands to land here with the largely unrecognized local metal scene adding it's
weight would be a good example. Some of you might look upon that particular scene as of a delinquent movement, it is merely an example. I'm sure the Vaudeville scene has it's own hits.

IMHO, however I put my pants on, one leg at a time.
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Just some speculation...

There have been rumours flying for the past few days about a Coldplay concert at Magnetic Hill. There is a large gap in their tour schedule, so it got me thinking about the possibility of a concert in Halifax as well. To me, Coldplay would be perfect for Citadel Hill. I believe the venue capacity is about 30 000 people, which seems about right for a band the size of Coldplay. However, I wonder if there is enough of a population base to support two concerts in the area. I feel confident that Halifax could attract a good crowd (same for Moncton) on their own, but having two shows might split the attendance.
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Just some speculation...

There have been rumours flying for the past few days about a Coldplay concert at Magnetic Hill. There is a large gap in their tour schedule, so it got me thinking about the possibility of a concert in Halifax as well. To me, Coldplay would be perfect for Citadel Hill. I believe the venue capacity is about 30 000 people, which seems about right for a band the size of Coldplay. However, I wonder if there is enough of a population base to support two concerts in the area. I feel confident that Halifax could attract a good crowd (same for Moncton) on their own, but having two shows might split the attendance.
I think the population of the Maritimes can only support one play for them, and usually shows like that have a radius clause that would preclude them playing 2 hours away.
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60,000?

Last two shows (several years apart) that Bruce did in Toronto were at ACC, so 18,000 in Toronto, one night.

I don't think this would sell more than 25,000 in this market (please read that as "would be lucky to sell). Bruce is big, but he is exactly around the same size as Sir Paul, who only did 24,000.
Is this full band or troubadour acoustic?

Anyway, if flat is the worry, this would easily fit on the Hill.
Only a rumour but it shows how silly the above highlighted comment is! Maybe this is why Halifax loses out on so many events and we have no stadium.

Springsteen set to rock Moncton this summer: Report
Concert would take place on Aug. 26, Atlantic Canada Rocks says

“Until there is an official announcement from a promoter, it’s all rumour,” said Shane Porter, manager of venues for Moncton.

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The Boss looks set to be rocking it out in Moncton this summer.

According to the music website Atlantic Canada Rocks, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been signed to headline the 2012 Magnetic Hill Festival on Aug. 26.

Atlantic Canada Rock reports the official announcement should be coming down soon from the City of Moncton.

“Springsteen would be another great concert for the Maritimes,” said J.C. Douglas, program director at the classic-rock station Q104, about the rumoured show. “Slowly but surely all of rock’s royalties are coming, although I’d like to see a few more come to Halifax.”

If a go, it would be another major score for Moncton. Springsteen could be as large as last year’s U2 concert at Magnetic Hill, which drew a crowd of about 75,000.
Other top acts to hit Moncton in recent years include AC/DC and The Rolling Stones.

“Springsteen fans are incredibly loyal,” said Douglas. “People will come from hours and miles around to see him.”

The 62-year-old rocker is lined up to tour select Canadian cities in late August for his latest release, Wrecking Ball — Springsteen’s first record following the death of longtime E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

“It’s totally worth going where you need to go and spending what you need to spend,” said Douglas.

“No one plays a show like the Boss.”
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I doubt that Springstein would be as big as U2, but it is interesting to note that the date that he is playing is a Sunday night, and there are persistent rumours that Magnetic Hill this year will be a weekend long event (note they are calling it the Magnetic Hill Music Festival).

The rumour is that Cold Play may be on the hill on Saturday night too....
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I doubt that Springstein would be as big as U2, but it is interesting to note that the date that he is playing is a Sunday night, and there are persistent rumours that Magnetic Hill this year will be a weekend long event (note they are calling it the Magnetic Hill Music Festival).

The rumour is that Cold Play may be on the hill on Saturday night too....
They called last year's one-day U2 gig a festival too. But I have heard the Coldplay rumors.
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I doubt that Springstein would be as big as U2, but it is interesting to note that the date that he is playing is a Sunday night, and there are persistent rumours that Magnetic Hill this year will be a weekend long event (note they are calling it the Magnetic Hill Music Festival).

The rumour is that Cold Play may be on the hill on Saturday night too....
A weekend festival is not a good idea for this site. I can't imagine the agony of trying to get in and out of Magnetic Hill two days in a row. The site would be O.K. for 25,000 but above that it is a logistical nightmare. Springsteen would be better off playing the Hfx. Commons.
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A weekend festival is not a good idea for this site. I can't imagine the agony of trying to get in and out of Magnetic Hill two days in a row. The site would be O.K. for 25,000 but above that it is a logistical nightmare. Springsteen would be better off playing the Hfx. Commons.
Make it a campout festival?
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