Stage, setting hurt band's performance

I had the pleasure of seeing Stone Temple Pilots at Musikfest on Aug. 8. The show was fantastic, a true rock band that still knows how to rock. Read more
Why WHY

AOL

#1 Aug 14, 2008
You should like a kid. Although i agree people standing on chairs are a-holes. When i work that site, we don't allow it. Did the band encourage it? Telling the fans to get on their feet?

“Cool Logic - Burning Passion”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#2 Aug 14, 2008
I stopped doing RiverPlace years ago. First you pay to play for tickets, then you have to scramble to get them, that is if the online server doesn't crash and leaves you with seats no better than for folks who did not have to pay for club level privileges. Oh, and by the way, Musikfest does not offer compensation for such acts of their own misdoing and if you are expecting an apology, forget about that as well... Park trains his minions well....NEXT!
Satire

Allentown, PA

#3 Aug 14, 2008
Yet another complaint as to why quest will move this venue over to the STAX where they plan their 3,500 stage.

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#4 Aug 14, 2008
Don't think for a minute that the VIP sections are any better.

People stand on their chairs there as well.

“It's Evolution Baby.....”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown Pa

#5 Aug 14, 2008
I saw almost everyone standing but I saw almost no one standing on their chairs.

The biggest problem with that site is the narrowness. When the place is packed like it was for STP, the gauntlet you have to get through to take a leak is awful. The drunks just push their way through, which doesn't help the situation at all.

To Why WHY: The band didn't encourage anything.
Ray

Harrisburg, PA

#6 Aug 14, 2008
who cares, thats what you get for the cheap tix you paid for, sounds like you've never seen a concert in a big stadium before, goto giants stadium or philly and see how you like it there

they are also plenty of bands that still know how to rock, ppl around here are just too lazy to go out of the lehigh valley to look for them
Notorious Deuce Dropper

Scranton, PA

#7 Aug 14, 2008
Well, I paid for the back section of the VIP area and made my way up front to the stage. Had a great time the entire concert.

You get what you pay for....
What the Heck

United States

#8 Aug 14, 2008
I am so with you on this. 6500 seating capacity at Riverplace, over 3000 is VIP and goes on sale early to members. I got pre-sale VIP tickets and still ended up 31 rows from the stage - which if the stage had been high enough, would have been fine - but I spent $60 to also have to watch the video monitors.

Nonetheless, it was a great show, and I would do it again in a heartbeat - I just wish there was a little bit more careful consideration towards the attendees when building this venue.
PS - Kudos to the person that had the foresight to book this act - an act with a singer destined to self destruct but also the ONLY band to sell out at this year's fest. Thanks for taking a chance by booking STP!

Since: May 07

Allentown, PA

#9 Aug 14, 2008
There were so many acts I would have loved to see this year, but I refuse to go because of the awful venue.

I'm not paying regular venue prices for those plastic seats lashed together by twisty ties. The one time I got lawn seating for a show it was nice to be able to hang out on a blanket (like you used to be able to do for free) but the sound system was so bad you could barely hear anything back there.

I've been to many concerts over the years in all kinds of venues, but Riverplace has got to be the worst.
Notorious Deuce Dropper

Scranton, PA

#10 Aug 14, 2008
What the Heck wrote:
I am so with you on this. 6500 seating capacity at Riverplace, over 3000 is VIP and goes on sale early to members. I got pre-sale VIP tickets and still ended up 31 rows from the stage - which if the stage had been high enough, would have been fine - but I spent $60 to also have to watch the video monitors.
Nonetheless, it was a great show, and I would do it again in a heartbeat - I just wish there was a little bit more careful consideration towards the attendees when building this venue.
PS - Kudos to the person that had the foresight to book this act - an act with a singer destined to self destruct but also the ONLY band to sell out at this year's fest. Thanks for taking a chance by booking STP!
I totally agree with the reasons for booking STP! Too bad they couldn't book Alice in Chains before Layne died...
Minstrel In The Gallery

United States

#11 Aug 14, 2008
STP was late going on because Weiland was late arriving and had puked from excessive drinking. Yeah, they're good.

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#12 Aug 14, 2008
Musikfarce needs to figure-out some way to host a proper concert.

"River Plotz", or whatever they call it is not making it.

I'm not saying that they should build an amphitheater in Bethlehem ....... or maybe that's EXACTLY what I'm saying.

Look to the ancient Greeks or Romans for suitable designs.

I attended a concert in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2003 -- at a very old amphitheater, and it was fantastic!

Get some of the local cement companies to submit designs. This can be done very inexpensively - by today's standards.
FactIs

Allentown, PA

#13 Aug 14, 2008
Dennis Mac wrote:
Musikfarce needs to figure-out some way to host a proper concert.
"River Plotz", or whatever they call it is not making it...
Not to worry, I think they already figured it out...
A ''music park'' with a permanent stage will emerge on 3 acres that was once the site of the Bethlehem Steel iron foundry, ArtsQuest President Jeffrey Parks told City Council...
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/musikfest/all...
Jim

Elkridge, MD

#14 Aug 15, 2008
I agree 100%. RiverPlace is the worst place to see a concert. I am not an Arts Quest member but I was still able to purchase tickets (online) in the VIP 2 section, to Kool And The Gang, about 23 rows from the stage. Seats are too tightly packed, people standing in front of you all the time and the worst is that the seats are not on an incline. The Fairgrounds seats are better than this layout. Do you see any movie theatre seats that are on the same level? ArtsQuest, hellooo. I, too, was watching the screens more than the stage. ArtsQuest doesn't care if your concert experience wasn't enjoyable. Case in point, why would you even sell seats that are so far back that you are in another zip code? They care about the money that is taken in. Won't ever go to a concert there again if they keep that as a concert venue. Best place to see a concert was at the Valley Forge Music Center. Too bad they tore it down.
Old Drunk

Manassas, VA

#15 Aug 15, 2008
I went to see Live and Collective Soul there, not a good venue. But thankfully as obese as everyone is these days everyone was standing, I couldn't imagine having sat thru the concert as I would have been crushed to death. Have a salad once in awhile.

Since: May 07

Allentown, PA

#16 Aug 15, 2008
Jim wrote:
Best place to see a concert was at the Valley Forge Music Center. Too bad they tore it down.
I agree! I miss that place. Concerts in the round. Not a bad seat in the house!

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