It’s to Bloc Party’s great credit that I had such a good time at their show last night, despite the fact that it was at the deplorable, evil Palladium. I haven’t been to the Palladium since Bauhaus played there five or six years ago and they still completely suck. Could a venue do any more to make going to a show any less fun? I particularly love the enourmous banners on each side of the stage reminding you of the ramifications of whatever it is you’re thinking of doing. They remind of me of this old post from BoingBoing. Every time I go to a show lately I feel like I’m going to the airport. I have to check what kind of belt I’m wearing and make sure to clean out my pockets because I never know what they’re going to hassle me about next. And I get to pay $30 or $40 for that privilege.
A lot of people don’t know this because it doesn’t get as much coverage, but t’s not just the recording section of the music industry that’s killing itself. The concert industry is faltering as well, and you can add poor venue management and manhandling of the live experience (· la the Palladium) to the list of reasons why.