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Yeah, everything I've been reading everywhere on forums and posts over the last few weeks has been a lot of very positive excitement about DT coming to Oz so I can only assume some past experience has made them believe that it's not profitable or desirable to come and visit.
I just can't believe it's a money thing though. The Kallang Theatre where they're playing in Singapore holds 1,750 people (according to a quick google search which came up with [url=http://singapore.cityseekr.com/kallang-theatre/entertainment-venues/venu..., but I could be looking at the wrong place) and I've got to think that even a single concert in Sydney or Melbourne would bring a much bigger crowd than that. The [url=http://www.chinatouronline.com/china-travel/beijing/beijing-nightlife/Ce... Theater[/url] in Beiing also looks like it holds about 1,700 people. Actually, a few of the stadiums in the Asian leg are around the 2,000 to 2,500 seating capacity mark.
Maybe the strong Aussie dollar is hurting us!!!! :(
It would be nice to get some word either way though. Maybe there's dates planned later in the year or they're still ironing out the details of some dates in late May or early June. That's what I'm hoping anyway :)
I'm still hoping for a tour later in the year. Might be a very optimistic dream, but you have to dream...
I still reckon bands could benefit a lot from using something like kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/) to sound out potential tour destinations. Kickstarter is this brilliant concept where you can put an idea up and people can elect to sponsor the idea at various levels for some sort of investment in whatever's up for grabs. So, in computer games sense, you can elect to sponsor a game for say $20 which gets you a copy of the game, $50 gets you a copy of the game plus your name in the closing credits (or something like that) up to $500 where you get a character in the game and you get a speaking part.
So, let's say DT put an Australian tour on kickstarter and give fans the opportunity to express an interest.
So, something like:
$250 guaranteed first pick of a ticket plus meet & greet
$100 might get you a guaranteed second pick of a ticket (after the $250 pick) and an "express line" entry to a signing somewhere
$50 might get you a guaranteed third pick of a ticket (after the $100 pick) and a poster
$20 might get you a guaranteed ticket
If the band doesn't tour, you get your money back and if the band does tour the amount you've sponsored comes off your ticket price. I think it would be a great way for a band (or promoters I guess) to gauge interest in certain countries that they're not sure of their popularity in. There's already a Music section in kickstarter but it's mainly used for bands to get funds for albums.
Yeah. I hear ya. I'm a bit baffled as to how they get so close without at least a couple of gigs in Australia.
Some kind of communication/justification either way would have been nice.
Well, I don't think there's been an official "we're not coming to Australia" announcement but in the announcement about the North American tour, it states:
The tour will bring the group to Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan and will conclude May 8 in Bangkok Thailand.
Which kind of implies that they're not touring between the Thailand gig and the North American tour. There's about 5 weeks between the end of the Asia tour and the North American tour but I'm thinking an Oz tour won't pop up in that void.
I saw a vid a few months back from JP saying they were coming to Oz. Is that the video you're referring to?
I can only assume that the plan changed...
Yep. Absolutely gutted. I can't believe they get as close to Australia as Indonesia yet can't make it for a show or two.