Random Tour Note

When putting this new version of the site together, I ran across this text – it used to appear on the 2001 Tour page.  It was relevant at the time, because I had someone who had gotten right pissed off at me for the 1999 tour when I didn’t have updated info as fast as he wanted it (sigh).  Anyway, I was also getting a lot of “Why doesn’t Black Sabbath play {so and so}” type messages.  At the time I found some text by Roger Glover & Jon Lord of Deep Purple about the same issues with them.  I copied it here, since it seemed relevant.   I’m not putting this on the new version of that tour page, but I didn’t want to just delete the text, either.  So here it is:

I got several emails from folks about “How come they didn’t play <insert name of location>”

The Deep Purple site has a good piece of text from Roger Glover in response to the question about “Why doesn’t Deep Purple play <insert name of location>”? Most people tend to give the band shit for this, when in fact they have nothing to do with it. Go read what Roger has to say about this – it applies across the board to all bands.  It’s quoted below.

Please don’t send me more hate mail about that – I am not Black Sabbath, I’m just a fan with a well organized web site about Sabbath. :)

Ok, so what’s wrong with [insert your country here]?

One of the most frequently asked questions when we release new tour info is “why can’t the band tour here in my country? Do they hate us?”. Of course they don’t hate you. There are a lot of things involved in getting a tour on the road.

Roger Glover says:

"Trouble is, when promotors and agents make decisions, it's the band that gets the blame. I have no idea why this is so. Some possible reasons may include: hall availability, local promoter problems, money problems, routing problems, lack of time, etc. There's nothing wrong with the country, as far as I know anyway."

I’ve seen 15 shows on this tour. Why do they have to play the same songs all the time?

People who are lucky enough to see more then one Deep Purple show on the same tour often ask why the setlist isn’t changed around more than it is. Isn’t it a good idea to have a couple of songs that can rotate night after night? Aren’t there more people that catch multiple shows than the band realise?

Jon Lord says:

"1) The percentage of "repeat" tickets over an entire world tour is actually infinitesimal, and if you knew the amount of work and pressure that goes into just making sure that each show is a "1st Night" for everyone in every audience you would realise that we just cannot take it into consideration to juggle more than one or two different songs.
2) We *do* know that ther *are* people who come to more than one show, and we love them for it, but their number is not "more than the band realise".

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