Last Tuesday night I was at a concert in Dublin. The artist was a major international recording artist, with millions of fans worldwide. I had bought the tickets for my wife for Christmas, and I thought she would take someone else, but she didn’t. I was lucky; she choose to take me, I was able to see this incredible performer live and in person, and I know many of her fans will never be able to afford the (quite high) ticket price to go see her.
With that in mind, I want to bring something up. Our tickets said the performance start at 8:00pm. At 7:45pm a “warm-up” act came on and finished by 8:15pm. It was about 9:35pm before the main act started. 95 minutes late, nearly 80 minutes after the “warm-up” act finished.
There was no communication from either the artist or the venue about the delay. Why was she so late? Why not apologise? Why didn’t she apologise once she actually got on stage? Why didn’t someone, anyone, explain or so something?
I think this shows an arrogance. A lack of respect for her fans. Sure, I’m a drop in a sea of fans, but I can’t have been the only one annoyed by the events of that evening. These artists are where they are because of their fans, fans who have paid a lot of money to see them, to buy their tshirts, buy their music and promote them.
Is it a lack of gratitude on behalf of the artist? Is it a lack of respect? A disconnectedness from the fans? Arrogance? I don’t know what it is. But from now on, every time I hear this artist (even during her performance) say thanks guys, you mean so much to me, and profess to love her fans, I will think back to this night, remember what happened, and I won’t believe her.