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Low turnout at Rock The Bells in WA

Well, it’s never fun to say I told you so, but it looks like Guerilla Union‘s decision to move the Vancouver stop of this year’s Rock The Bells tour to the middle of now… er, the Gorge Amphitheatre, has backfired.  According to this article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the concert suffered from “poor turnout,” a “delayed start” and a few “forgettable acts” (including Jedi Mind Tricks and, suprisingly, Mos Def).  

The article’s author attributes the poor attendance on concert fatigue, noting that “this summer [the Gorge] has already seen a number of stellar festivals including Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary, the Capitol Hill Block Party, Sasquatch! and others.”

To be honest, while I’m still bitter about Guerilla Union’s decision to change the venue of this leg of the tour, it’s definitely not cool that turnout was low.  If anything, my hope was that the response would be overwhelming, and that Tribe would be convinced to return to the Northwest at a time and place I could actually attend. 

Ah well, at least the people who did show up were, aside from the aforementioned exceptions, treated to a good show.  As the Seattle PI article puts it, “good music prevailed and made Rock The Bells a great way to ring out the Gorge’s season.”

Image yanked from: http://flickr.com/photos/15431728@N00/2713822454


Rock The Bells Vancouver Date Moved To Quincy, WA

Three days ago Guerilla Union, the organization that puts on the Rock The Bells concert series, announced that the Vancouver stop of this year’s tour had been moved to Quincy, Washington. If, like me, you’d never heard of Quincy before, you’ll be glad to know that it’s in the middle of fucking nowhere. That’s right, in all of their wisdom the Guerilla Union crew have moved their tour’s last show from Vancouver – a city with a metropolitan population of over 2 million – to Qunicy, a tiny hamlet 160 miles from Seattle, a city with only about half the population of Vancouver.

What a stroke of marketing genius.

Perhaps there were some issues at the border. The Toronto show is going ahead, though, so it can’t be that. More likely it was some mistake/ridiculous idea by the City of Vancouver. God knows the mayor, Sam Sullivan, has blundered in the past.

I suppose the one good thing about the venue change is that the show will still be within driving distance of Vancouver, so all of the heads north of the border who were so stoked to see Tribe in their own backyard will still have a chance to catch them perform live. Only now it’ll take a bit of a drive.

Cool Music

Rock The Bells Line-up & Dates Announced! Tribe Is Coming To Vancouver!

A few days ago I mentioned that seeing A Tribe Called Quest perform live would be, without a doubt, the single greatest musical experience of my life. Now, it appears as though all my wildest dreams are coming true: yesterday afternoon it was announced that A Tribe Called Quest would be re-uniting to headline this year’s Rock The Bells tour which will be making a stop in Vancouver on August 20!

But it gets even better. In addition to the Tribe reunion the tour will also see legendary ’90s collective The Pharcyde perform together for the first time in several years. Other artists slated to perform include Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim, Method Man & Redman, Raekwon, Ghostface and Dead Prez. As you can imagine, I’ve passed out from sheer excitement twice already.

For more information, including the full concert line-up and tour dates, visit the official Rock The Bells site here.