I'mreading a LOT of negative feedback on the news sites about the first Melbourneshow; that the band was disinterested, the crowd in the stands uninvolved andbored, the same stage banter... and even non-rappers thinking Jay-Z was thestandout of the night. WTF. I'm concerned the 360 tour hasbeen on the road for so long that we have all seen the Blu-ray, the TVspecials, the YouTube videos, and there isn't anything new to see or hearbesides the actual physical experience of being at a 360 concert.
We'repaying big bucks to see this show; I've bought four tix for the family for$1400 and I fear we might not be getting the real deal. The showhas been on the road for so long, is so automated, the light & video showso programmed, the set list so routine and predictable, the"expectation" by the band that every stadium crowd will go nuts assoon as they hit the stage and stay that way until the end; but the resultantlack of enthusiasm and fulfilment on BOTH sides of the stage is almostinevitable.
I'm goingtomorrow with the family and spending a LOT of money on travel, tickets, mealsand accommodation. I don't want much - just passion and the songs I'veloved. I want the classic songs, an experience, sincerity and unpredictability. But I fear that was another band a long time ago. I so hope I'm wrong.
Edit: Saturday morning. Fantastic show. Read later post #18...