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(Slicing Up Eyeballs)   In a brilliant ploy to alienate his most diehard fans, Pixies frontman Black Francis is charging anyone over 30 three times as much to see him when he plays New York next week   (slicingupeyeballs.com) divider line 72
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2013-05-11 04:30:57 PM  
I loves me some Pixies but Frank Black, er, Black Francis, can be such an unapologetic prick.  I'm not sure this is one of those moments.  He's trying to expose younger, often poorer, folks to his music.  That said, he's probably doing it because he realized that most of his fans these days are as old and fat as he is and seeing them in the audience is a gigantic ego debaser.
 
2013-05-11 04:34:48 PM  
That's pretty awesome.
 
2013-05-11 06:36:24 PM  
I think it's great that he's giving his fans a discount when they make their kids go.
 
2013-05-11 06:37:07 PM  

caddisfly: I loves me some Pixies but Frank Black, er, Black Francis, can be such an unapologetic prick.  I'm not sure this is one of those moments.  He's trying to expose younger, often poorer, folks to his music.  That said, he's probably doing it because he realized that most of his fans these days are as old and fat as he is and seeing them in the audience is a gigantic ego debaser.


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2013-05-11 06:44:45 PM  
If you're over 30 and can't afford a $45 concert ticket, it may be time to go back to your cardboard box and think about your life.
 
2013-05-11 06:54:26 PM  

Mentat: If you're over 30 and can't afford a $45 concert ticket, it may be time to go back to your cardboard box and think about your life.


lol. this.
 
2013-05-11 07:06:28 PM  

caddisfly: I loves me some Pixies but Frank Black, er, Black Francis, can be such an unapologetic prick.  I'm not sure this is one of those moments.  He's trying to expose younger, often poorer, folks to his music.  That said, he's probably doing it because he realized that most of his fans these days are as old and fat as he is and seeing them in the audience is a gigantic ego debaser.


FTFA:  A quick glance through the ticket links for Black Francis' remaining tour dates, as well as some already-completed shows this month, reveals no other such age-based pricing - suggesting he's likely unaware of this rather unique pricing structure.

Mentat: If you're over 30 and can't afford a $45 concert ticket, it may be time to go back to your cardboard box and think about your life.


Sometimes a price is just too ridiculous to pay, even if it's not exactly a financial burden.
 
2013-05-11 07:25:10 PM  
All five of them will be terribly upset.
 
2013-05-11 08:01:03 PM  
So? He's from the modern age.
 
2013-05-11 08:26:04 PM  

Krieghund: I think it's great that he's giving his fans a discount when they make their kids go.


Seriously

/this is more like a discount ticket for bringing your kids
//or maybe a desperate attempt to attract a new audience
 
2013-05-11 08:42:42 PM  
It really sucked being 17-20. It was the most I was ever into concerts and the least welcome I was at bars. Still no idea why 99% of concerts have to be at bars.

//wouldn't pay $15 to see Charles Frank Black Francis then or now, though the debaser concert was pretty good
 
2013-05-11 08:59:51 PM  
He tried this trick. His head would have collapsed, but there was money in it and he asked himself - where is the bank... Where is the bank? WHHEEEERREE ISSS MYYY BANNKK?
 
2013-05-11 09:02:56 PM  
It's just $45 in NYC?  Crap, that's cheeeep.  I'm looking into it.

I saw him do a solo acoustic set back in '94 or '95 on my college campus where he opened for the Barenaked Ladies.  Still a lopsided ticket, there.  He did a version of "Duke of Earl" that was tremendous.  I left when the Canadians were coming on and the crowd went crazy.  My college sucked.
 
2013-05-11 09:06:00 PM  
That's like buying a soda and then getting molested in the parking lot.
 
2013-05-11 09:07:02 PM  
Let's go, let's sit, let's talk politics,
and while your'e at it, baby, why do you tell me one of your greatest fears

I said, "Paying triple price to see the Pixies"

/just kidding
 
2013-05-11 09:11:26 PM  
I want to see him in Los Angeliz, not the one in Los Angeliz. They got a bunch down in Moleyville, they got a bunch more still...
 
2013-05-11 09:17:03 PM  
who?
 
2013-05-11 09:19:42 PM  

Triumph: So? He's from the modern age.


All I know is that there were rumours he was into field hockey players...
 
2013-05-11 09:20:48 PM  

Krieghund: caddisfly: I loves me some Pixies but Frank Black, er, Black Francis, can be such an unapologetic prick.  I'm not sure this is one of those moments.  He's trying to expose younger, often poorer, folks to his music.  That said, he's probably doing it because he realized that most of his fans these days are as old and fat as he is and seeing them in the audience is a gigantic ego debaser.

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That's gigantic.  A big big post.
 
2013-05-11 09:22:17 PM  
Says a 48-year-old has-been.
 
2013-05-11 10:00:15 PM  
That maid Maria she is really okay.
 
2013-05-11 10:05:19 PM  
Concession rate tickets are common in many places.  Around here, students and retires tend to get cheaper rates if they have a government issued concession card.  Some of the movie treaters have concession rates only at off peak times yet the local trade union building will give you a concession rate for their stage productions to anyone who asks and some people who don't.
 
2013-05-11 10:13:59 PM  
Having just shelled out over $300 for two Ben Folds Five tix, I'd GLADLY pay $45 to see a live show
 
2013-05-11 10:16:04 PM  
I was post-punk (and sometimes what the press called "goth") in the 80s. I was into punk, new wave, alternative, dream pop, electronica, Detroit industrial, and pretty much anything that wasn't played on America's Top 40 in that era.

But I always hated the Pixies, and I never understood how they or Radiohead were categorized as "alternative" in any way, shape, or form. They always came off as middle-of-the-road, not-quite-pop-rock music to me. I really didn't get how they got so popular in America while bands like The Bolshoi, Ultravox, Nena (outside of "99 Red Balloons"), A-ha (outside of "Take On Me"), Alphaville, Thrush and the C*nts, Underground Lovers, Propaganda, and others were basically unknown here.

I figured it out later in life. The Pixies and Radiohead weren't actually alternative. They were just what backwards ballcap-wearing frat boys believed was "alternative" or "college radio" music because the college DJs said so. They were the precursors for the plague that became known as "Modern Rock" in the 1990s.

They belong in the same category as Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Duncan Shiek, Smashmouth, and Hootie and the Blowfish.

They aren't bad bands, technically-speaking, but they're SO not my style. If you like them, that's fine. But I really resented them being lumped in with early Alternative music. They really didn't fit.

And Frank Black always struck me as a douche. That might have increased my disdain for them.
 
2013-05-11 10:18:26 PM  

That_Bob_Guy: Having just shelled out over $300 for two Ben Folds Five tix, I'd GLADLY pay $45 to see a live show


If you wanted to be put to sleep so badly, I'd have slipped you a Valium for half of that.
 
2013-05-11 10:21:19 PM  

caddisfly: I loves me some Pixies but Frank Black, er, Black Francis, can be such an unapologetic prick.  I'm not sure this is one of those moments.  He's trying to expose younger, often poorer, folks to his music.  That said, he's probably doing it because he realized that most of his fans these days are as old and fat as he is and seeing them in the audience is a gigantic ego debaser.


Done in one.

Fark I won't pay to see him if he charge me THREE dollars.
 
2013-05-11 10:28:50 PM  

ZeroCorpse: I really didn't get how they got so popular in America while bands like The Bolshoi, Ultravox, Nena (outside of "99 Red Balloons"), A-ha (outside of "Take On Me"), Alphaville, Thrush and the C*nts, Underground Lovers, Propaganda, and others were basically unknown here.


LOL WUT.

ZeroCorpse: They belong in the same category as Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Duncan Shiek, Smashmouth, and Hootie and the Blowfish.


LOL WUT.

ZeroCorpse: But I really resented them being lumped in with early Alternative music. They really didn't fit.


Well, that's just your opinion, man. And it's kinda silly, but keep on keeping on.
 
2013-05-11 10:37:31 PM  

ZeroCorpse: I was post-punk (and sometimes what the press called "goth") in the 80s. I was into punk, new wave, alternative, dream pop, electronica, Detroit industrial, and pretty much anything that wasn't played on America's Top 40 in that era.

But I always hated the Pixies, and I never understood how they or Radiohead were categorized as "alternative" in any way, shape, or form. They always came off as middle-of-the-road, not-quite-pop-rock music to me. I really didn't get how they got so popular in America while bands like The Bolshoi, Ultravox, Nena (outside of "99 Red Balloons"), A-ha (outside of "Take On Me"), Alphaville, Thrush and the C*nts, Underground Lovers, Propaganda, and others were basically unknown here.

I figured it out later in life. The Pixies and Radiohead weren't actually alternative. They were just what backwards ballcap-wearing frat boys believed was "alternative" or "college radio" music because the college DJs said so. They were the precursors for the plague that became known as "Modern Rock" in the 1990s.

They belong in the same category as Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Duncan Shiek, Smashmouth, and Hootie and the Blowfish.

They aren't bad bands, technically-speaking, but they're SO not my style. If you like them, that's fine. But I really resented them being lumped in with early Alternative music. They really didn't fit.

And Frank Black always struck me as a douche. That might have increased my disdain for them.


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2013-05-11 10:43:33 PM  
 
2013-05-11 11:04:31 PM  

caddisfly: I loves me some Pixies but Frank Black, er, Black Francis, can be such an unapologetic prick.  I'm not sure this is one of those moments.  He's trying to expose younger, often poorer, folks to his music.  That said, he's probably doing it because he realized that most of his fans these days are as old and fat as he is and seeing them in the audience is a gigantic ego debaser.


Know how I know you didn't RTFA?
 
2013-05-11 11:10:01 PM  

That_Bob_Guy: Having just shelled out over $300 for two Ben Folds Five tix, I'd GLADLY pay $45 to see a live show


Wow.
 
2013-05-11 11:18:16 PM  
I never really "got" the Pixies. I figure no one else does either, but they don't have the integrity to admit it.
 
2013-05-11 11:25:56 PM  

WhippingBoy: I never really "got" the Pixies. I figure no one else does either, but they don't have the integrity to admit it.


I never liked them either.  I was much more into REM and the Replacements in the late '80s.

I freaking love the members' solo work though.  Go figure.  The Deal Sisters put out a few very good albums, and Frank Black's solo career is just phenomenal, if you like a Neil Young-esque careening between country-rock and loud, sloppy guitar rock.
 
2013-05-11 11:41:46 PM  

Brokenseas: WhippingBoy: I never really "got" the Pixies. I figure no one else does either, but they don't have the integrity to admit it.

I never liked them either.  I was much more into REM and the Replacements in the late '80s.

I freaking love the members' solo work though.  Go figure.  The Deal Sisters put out a few very good albums, and Frank Black's solo career is just phenomenal, if you like a Neil Young-esque careening between country-rock and loud, sloppy guitar rock.


I'll have to check those out, thanks. And don't get me wrong, I never disliked the Pixies, I just never saw what the fuss was all about. I always assumed it was just people trying to appear to be more "unique" than they actually were. (In other words, I put the Pixies in the same category as "Modest Mouse").
 
2013-05-11 11:48:42 PM  

Bane of Broone: That_Bob_Guy: Having just shelled out over $300 for two Ben Folds Five tix, I'd GLADLY pay $45 to see a live show

Wow.


I know, right? That comment was a threadstopper, where you just stop scrolling and blink for a few minutes.
 
2013-05-11 11:53:29 PM  

WhippingBoy: Brokenseas: WhippingBoy: I never really "got" the Pixies. I figure no one else does either, but they don't have the integrity to admit it.

I never liked them either.  I was much more into REM and the Replacements in the late '80s.

I freaking love the members' solo work though.  Go figure.  The Deal Sisters put out a few very good albums, and Frank Black's solo career is just phenomenal, if you like a Neil Young-esque careening between country-rock and loud, sloppy guitar rock.

I'll have to check those out, thanks. And don't get me wrong, I never disliked the Pixies, I just never saw what the fuss was all about. I always assumed it was just people trying to appear to be more "unique" than they actually were. (In other words, I put the Pixies in the same category as "Modest Mouse").


"Last Splash" by the Breeders (with Kim and Kelly Deal) is a very good early-90s album which has aged well.

If you like loud, sloppy guitar rock, give the three albums Frank Black recorded with the Catholics a listen.  "Frank Black and the Catholics", "Pistolero" and "Dog in the Sand" are all terrific.  If you like those albums, give "Frank Black", "Teenager of the Year" and "Black Letter Days" a try.  He really is like Neil Young ... if you like his music, you'll like all his albums.  If he doesn't do anything for you, no amount of selling by his fans will win you over.  Click on the youtube links I posted upthread and see if like them.
 
2013-05-11 11:56:34 PM  
Sounds more like the venue trying to drum up asses to fill the seats.
 
2013-05-11 11:58:16 PM  
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ecmoRandomNumbers: Bane of Broone: That_Bob_Guy: Having just shelled out over $300 for two Ben Folds Five tix, I'd GLADLY pay $45 to see a live show

Wow.

I know, right? That comment was a threadstopper, where you just stop scrolling and blink for a few minutes.

 
2013-05-12 12:09:21 AM  

ZeroCorpse: That_Bob_Guy: Having just shelled out over $300 for two Ben Folds Five tix, I'd GLADLY pay $45 to see a live show

If you wanted to be put to sleep so badly, I'd have slipped you a Valium for half of that.


$150 for a Valium? If that's the going rate in your area, I'm glad to live somewhere with more reasonable prices.
 
2013-05-12 12:10:19 AM  
The funniest thing is that "Black" Frank is actually white.

/TV's Frank is more talented
 
2013-05-12 12:34:56 AM  

Mentat: If you're over 30 and can't afford a $45 concert ticket, it may be time to go back to your cardboard box and think about your life.


If you're over 30 and wouldn't pay $10 for a gallon of milk, you're a farking hobo loser who doesn't deserve cereal...
 
2013-05-12 12:49:38 AM  
in the mid-90's i saw him open for some other band that was also way past their prime. tmbg or violent femmes i think. after the show i was walking home thru downtown and saw him pick up a prostitute. i said something like 'hey frank, great show!', and he and the totally-street-walker-lookin girl who had previously been pacing around the corner ran across the street and a down a block to a fancy hotel.

i thought the thing he did where he wore two guitars and would swing them around so that he'd play one while the other was on his back was neat. i was young...

/hey guyz lets all go listen to kraftwerk and masturbate.
 
2013-05-12 12:49:48 AM  

Farkin' Uke: Mentat: If you're over 30 and can't afford a $45 concert ticket, it may be time to go back to your cardboard box and think about your life.

If you're over 30 and wouldn't pay $10 for a gallon of milk, you're a farking hobo loser who doesn't deserve cereal...


If you're over 30 and still eating cold cereal with milk, it's time to get a job and move out of your parents' basement.
 
2013-05-12 01:00:25 AM  
Who cares. The Deal sisters are on tour
 
2013-05-12 01:02:22 AM  

mcmnky: Farkin' Uke: Mentat: If you're over 30 and can't afford a $45 concert ticket, it may be time to go back to your cardboard box and think about your life.

If you're over 30 and wouldn't pay $10 for a gallon of milk, you're a farking hobo loser who doesn't deserve cereal...

If you're over 30 and still eating cold cereal with milk, it's time to get a job and move out of your parents' basement.


you can take my malt-o-meal generic choco pebbles when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.
 
2013-05-12 01:09:45 AM  

the801: mcmnky: Farkin' Uke: Mentat: If you're over 30 and can't afford a $45 concert ticket, it may be time to go back to your cardboard box and think about your life.

If you're over 30 and wouldn't pay $10 for a gallon of milk, you're a farking hobo loser who doesn't deserve cereal...

If you're over 30 and still eating cold cereal with milk, it's time to get a job and move out of your parents' basement.

you can take my malt-o-meal generic choco pebbles when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.


Yeah, but you need to eat your store brand-comes-in-bag-no-box cereal with the ghetto step-child of the name brand mascot with unpasteurized, locally-sourced, hormone-free milk delivered on a fixed-gear bike in recycled glass bottles with the picture and name of the cow on the label.
 
2013-05-12 01:19:27 AM  
But...IT'S EDUCATIONAL!

/seriously though, if anyone RTFA, it's the venue that determines the pricing, not ol' Frankie.
 
2013-05-12 01:28:54 AM  

the801: mcmnky: Farkin' Uke: Mentat: If you're over 30 and can't afford a $45 concert ticket, it may be time to go back to your cardboard box and think about your life.

If you're over 30 and wouldn't pay $10 for a gallon of milk, you're a farking hobo loser who doesn't deserve cereal...

If you're over 30 and still eating cold cereal with milk, it's time to get a job and move out of your parents' basement.

you can take my malt-o-meal generic choco pebbles when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.


God, I love those. They release SO much chocolate-like substance into the milk than the name brand.
 
2013-05-12 01:40:54 AM  
This is a silly thread.
 
2013-05-12 01:46:48 AM  

the801: /hey guyz lets all go listen to kraftwerk and masturbate.


I do that every day.

/Never "got" the Pixies. Steve Albini's "engineering" style is cool, though.
 
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