Yeah. I'm cool with all of that. I was always hopeful of a tour but I do appreciate that logistically and financially we're probably not the easiest country to get to.
My only slight beef with the whole thing was that it was never really made clear if/when they'd come. There are fans (and I'm certainly one of them) who are quite happy to travel to see their favorite bands but without a full tour schedule it was difficult to justify the cost of an overseas trip to catch the guys in action when their was a possibility that they might make it here.
Oh well, life goes on...
Yeah. I have no doubt that financially it must be difficult to get everywhere that you'd like to go. I'm sure it plays a massive part in where bands decide to tour.
That was kind of my thinking with my [url=http://www.dreamtheater.net/board_posts/a-tour-idea]Kickstarter[/url] idea. It seems to me that promoters are missing a bit of a trick in not even gauging interest in certain areas. With something like kickstarter, you could get a financial commitment from certain areas before definitively agreeing to go there. You set a financial benchmark for how much it will take for you to visit and work from there. If the fans can't make the required level of financial commitment then they can't really complain if bands don't come.
I second that notion! I'd be pumped if they hit Australia for even one concert. Would pretty much fly anywhere in our glorious continent to see them!!
I've been looking into flying internationally to catch them but the only thing that makes me think twice is that I don't know if they will eventually come as part of this tour. I realize the window for them coming after Asia has closed but they did a dedicated Oz/NZ tour last time so I'm hoping that might happen again.
Well, the other thing stopping me is the cost but that's what bank loans are for!! I'm 99% confident that if under the reason for loan section I put "Heavy Metal World Tour" it will go straight through.
The other thing that I find challenging with not knowing is that it hasn't given fans any opportunity to try and see them elsewhere.
For example, many, many years ago when Iron Maiden weren't touring Oz (really showing my age here as that was probably 2004 when they were supported by Arch Enemy and Sonata Arctica) I planned a holiday to Japan to coincide with their visit (although I didn't necessarily tell my wife that's why I planned the holiday :)). They announced their tour schedule months in advance so I was able to make it work financially (with a little help from the bank).
Because it's still not clear if they are touring Oz or not, it's been impossible to even consider a similar sort of thing. I can't begin to imagine how difficult it is to plan a tour and I appreciate that this isn't an option for all Oz fans but with enough notice, it gives people the opportunity to look into travelling. Flights from Oz to some of those Asian destinations are actually pretty cheap these days so it could have been doable.
Oh well, I'll just send ultra positive vibes out and hope that we still have a few dates coming. I really need some good high quality music in my eardrums to blast away the screams of rabid 16yo One Direction fans that is now echoing in my skull. :)
I couldn't agree more. We definitely deserve some statement one way or another.