Simple Minds Frontman Addresses Facebook Controversy
This week's message was: "Re: Thursday's upcoming show in NYC. Uh .maybe with a capacity of 3,300, that was a little adventurous, or putting it frankly, we still need to have a lot more people to turn up in order to make the kind of red hot atmosphere we all would want to ensure a great last night in North America and a great way to end this fantastic series of dates. Therefore, if any of your friends 'are thinking of coming down,' try and get them to seal the deal and come down."
It was an uncommonly frank way to address the audience and the situation, so Radio.com got Kerr on the phone to discuss the tour, and what it means for the band's future in America. "It's been like, eleven years or something (since we played America)," Kerr said, "And there was lots of reasons for that. (But) We were playing everywhere else around the world. Our fans here were rightfully feeling gipped. I started to wonder, 'Will we ever get a chance to play America again?' And then when we got a chance, I thought, 'Well, this better work or the promoters won't ask us back.'" He's quick to point out that his Facebook post from the summer wasn't a threat to fans, although some may have interpreted it that way.
"I said, 'If you can come to these shows, do come. Because kind of everything hinges on it.' It was more a rallying call than an ultimatum. I was telling it like it was. And lo and behold, people have come. People responded well to my rallying call. All the shows have sold out except the other night in New Jersey, which was 85% (sold out)."
So what happened with the Roseland Ballroom? "I think the promoters were a little too advernturous, doing two gigs in a 50 mile radius," referencing the fact that the New Jersey show, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, isn't too far from Manhattan. "I think we would have sold out Roseland, but having done a couple thousand in New Jersey the other night, that may have been a bit much. So I had no qualms getting on Facebook and asking fans to give their friends a 'nudge.' I didn't do it in a desperate way, and I think the fans appreciate the candor." more on this story
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