Just got back from Nottingham Rock City Gig (Oct 30th), had a great day, went to a great pub (Pit & Pendulum) and then saw W.A.S.P. for the 4th time on this tour. Real cool gig.
However, ever since crossing the doors of Rock City, the excitement went downhill for me. We were greeted with a message that only 'DISPOSABLE' cameras are allowed, no digital equipment. I asked the staff why and he told me 1. they don't want any video recordings which is fair enough; and 2. they dont want any good quality pictures; so I thought to myself, what in the hell.
So we ended up asking for the tour manager wanting to explain hey dude, we are from WASPARMY and we take pics to promote the band as he already knows. We were kept waiting for nearly 20 minutes for an answer at which point probably 1000 people had already gone in. The answer was yes we can take pics but only for the first 3 songs, and if we take any after that, we may well be chucked out and have camera taken away from me!!!
So out of principle I decided I wont be taking any pictures, things shouldnt be like this. I have been running a W.A.S.P. website for nearly 11 damn years and there is me now asking if I could take some pics of them onstage. I put my heart and soul into the WASPARMY, it would just be nice to have something little back in return. I have never asked for anything, I have never been on any guest list, I paid for every single ticket and believe me there has been a shitload of shows I have attended and I never did any shit like asking for backstage passes etc. I am happy just doing the WASPARMY website and keeping it upto date as much as I can and spreading the WASP vibe all over the world.
I believe WASPARMY helps WASP promotion a lot and I am sure many of you will agree with that statement. W.A.S.P. as a band get very little next to no promotion at all anywhere else and this is a very sad thing. Why do bands from the same era sell out every show they do and sell millions of records. Answer is simple, they have good management who looks after them and promotes them all the way. Hell people living in Nottingham had no idea W.A.S.P. were even playing in Rock City, that being one simple example.
Does anyone remember Chipster Entertainment, the PR company WASP used quite a few years ago. I thought those guys did a fucking awesome job back them promoting WASP. They even did mailing list with all the press releases and WASP news. Right now, we get fuck all news from anybody, there is fuck all promotion and yet we all wonder why W.A.S.P. dont sell out even the small venues and why they dont sell as many records as they used to.
Another thing thats abvious is everybody uses the internet thesedays to get the news, and they will ofcourse visit the official website. Now, sure the website gets a facelift whenever there is a new album due soon, but thats about it. Its dead on the updates (sorry girls but its true). So many people have said it so far. Only things that get updated are the tourdates which can be found anywhere really. But what about the news, band happenings, tour pics, tour news and most of all where in the hell did the links to fansites go. They were removed while being one of the most important pages. Now people cant find other WASP sites with ease.
Tonight the whole no pictures thing just made me think about everything thats all. It would have just been nice to take some pics for the website without the threats or warnings but I guess my efforts are not appreciated that much.
Sorry for the rant, I will stop now. Everyone gets a little pissed off every now and then, including me.
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