Very well put Kev, I feel the same. For Vertigo 05 Tour we lined up from 11.00 at Manchester (ETIHAD Stadium) with our fan club GA tickets and were about 100 in line I should think... By the time we got into the stadium, the front section was already full from fans coming in from other entrances... Now, they may have been fan club members but surely there should be a specific entry point for members ahead of other fans?
Or does the fan club just mean paying extra for tickets ?!
I felt guilty for writing my post because it felt so disloyal !! But I do not think it's me - after all, we are the long time fans paying and giving them " a great life"! I feel really sad about it - I think it's part of the reason I see Pearl Jam as more of the band I love now - when up to 2004 it had been U2 since I was 13.....Sad really but they are still amazing and making incredible albums which PJ has not done for over a decade in truth..... Just lost the people touch and it's definitely since Paul McGuinness retired... They know what LiveNation do too..
I feel sad but I won't stop being a member or going to see them or buying their music. I don't however, defend them so much from the haters like I used to.
Oh well - bring on the Tour, it'll be brilliant no doubt! Better be, I could've taken my 4 kids on holiday for what I will end up paying to see them 4 times!!