… you’re part of the problem – as the old Counter Culture slogan went.
I’ve played at the Cellars a few times and I’ve been there as a punter a few times but I’m certainly one of the people who might have been more of a regular and wasn’t. On Pompey Pop Facebook Malc has said
“Problem is not enough punters. I’ve been there when even a well know name was on and probably 10 to a dozen people watching. Maggie Bell for example. Same as with pubs, no good complaining they are all closing if you don’t go. Number of times bands play to just a handful of customers. Amazes me how they can pay the bands.”
I think he’s entirely right and I understand Oscar’s deep disappointment because he was a regular, loyal customer and folks like him deserve better
But I’m part of the problem. People often ask me ‘am I going/did I go’ to see XYZ and I usually say no. My days as a punter are almost over and I can’t ever quite explain why. I guess it’s partly that I’ve done so many gigs over the past 50 (ish) years that to a large extent ‘the thrill is gone’ – is that just typical of an old ‘muso’?
It’s also partly that I’ve seen so many utterly awesome acts in my life that very little measures up (although I’m less ‘open’ than Oscar to new stuff) but at 65 I’ve probably turned into my dad – loveliest of blokes but didn’t drink and never went out evenings if he could help it.
Is it just me? Why don’t we go in numbers that keep these things going? Can we blame the kids? Should they be going?