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Touring Right, Fan Perspective

As any loyal concert-goer knows, there are certain things that work for artists, and others that we’d just as soon forget. Let’s be honest, this rings true even when seeing our favorite artists perform.

Now, as one of those aforementioned concert junkies, I’ve been compiling a mental list of these attributes and it’s about time I share them with music lovers and bands alike. Join us after the jump for a rundown of some of our personal DOs and DON’Ts for touring musicians, large and small.

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Merciless Nickleback Claims Yet Another Casualty – End To Auditory Rampage Nowhere In Sight

“Music” fan Kevin Beaudette, of Tupper Lake, NY, sustained minor injuries when he fell into a gorge while trying to sneak into a Nickelback concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Not “out of” the concert, multiple sources have verified, but “into.” It’s true.

Beaudette, 22, was lifted by rescue basket from the gorge, which turns out not to be a metaphor for the empty and endless emotional abyss left in one’s soul as a result of listening to Nickelback, but rather a 40-foot crevasse in the earth, from which a person can actually be retrieved. Beaudette was treated for cuts and bruises at Albany Medical Center, and released Wednesday. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the accident and in the life choices that led to this level of Nickelback fandom.

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Motörhead Rebels Against Greed

Outraged by the extravagant cost of their new 15 disc box set, Motörhead has told their fans not to waste their money on the overpriced trinket. At $600, the box set’s coffin-like case houses each disc with a Motörhead skull emblem fastened to its lid. Open it up and you’ll find several singles and eight earlier albums, from their self-titled to No Remorse. In addition, the package contains some posters and a photo book.

According to CNN, frontman Lemmy Kilmister stated, ”Unfortunately greed once again rears its yapping head… I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists!”

The band claims, ”Motörhead has no control over what’s done with these early songs, and don’t want fans to think that the band is involved in putting out such a costly box set.”

If you’re simply too much of die-hard fanatic, the group recently put out a new (reasonably priced) album and DVD titled  ”The Wörld Is Yours” and “The Wörld Is Ours – Vol 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else” late last year.

Click here to see images of the box set and its outrageous $644 price tag on Amazon.

OurStage Fan Snaps Bumbershoot Photos

Remember Leah? For those of you reading yesterday, she was the lucky fan who won free tickets to Bumbershoot by commenting on one of my blog posts. Well, I discovered that she recently completed a degree in graphic design. So I took advantage of her skills in artistic composition by giving her a camera and asking her to take photos of some of the Bumbershoot bands. We started by getting her backstage access to Tyrone Wells’ set. Here are some pics she took of Tyrone and his band:

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Meet Leah: Winner of Bumbershoot Tix!

This morning I ran into Leah Wood, one of the two people who won tickets to Bumbershoot by commenting on one of our blog posts. She’s really excited about the festival, particularly looking forward to performances by Band of Horses and Barcelona.

Here’s more about Leah in her own words:

“I’m 28 years old and have lived in Seattle since 1998 when I came over from Bremerton for college. In school I really got into the music scene and going to live shows. It got to the point that if I wasn’t studying or in class I was probably at a concert. Now its almost the same except switch out studying or in class for working. As far as live show experiences go, Bumbershoot is one of the highlights of my year, that and Matt Nathanson concerts. I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Congrats Leah. Enjoy the festival!

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ROTHBURY Fan Diaries: Brandon Sabbag

** SPECIAL NOTE** To honor the fans who make OurStage great, we decided to give away three pairs of tickets to this year’s ROTHBURY music festival. We asked members of the three OurStage bands playing here to choose their biggest fans and give them the tickets.

So I’ve decided to end my ROTHBURY blogging with this video diary from Brandon Sabbag. He was chosen by the guys from Adam Ezra Group to receive free ROTHBURY tickets from OurStage–just for being their biggest fan!

Here’s what he had to say:

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ROTHBURY Fan Diaries: Liz Tejchma

** SPECIAL NOTE** To honor the fans who make OurStage great, we decided to give away three pairs of tickets to this year’s ROTHBURY music festival. We asked members of the three OurStage bands playing here to choose their biggest fans and give them the tickets.

Meet Liz Tejchma:

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The guys from Sweet Japonic identified her as their biggest fan and chose her to receive a free ticket to ROTHBURY courtesy of OurStage. Here’s a pic with her and the band after their show:

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…and here’s Liz’s ROTHBURY diary:

“Going to the ROTHBURY Festival wasn’t really an option. The ticket price was more than my grad student bank account could afford. Then, at the beginning of this week, I received an email from Sweet Japonic promising free tickets to their biggest fans. Since I have supported them for seven years and attended more than 50 of their shows, I felt fully qualified to enter the contest.

Twelve hours later, I found out I won! I am still in shock that I’m sitting here watching so many amazing bands perform. ROTHBURY has exceeded my expectations! So far, my favorite show has been Widespread Panic. The energy shared between the band and the audience was phenomenal. Everyone was dancing and having a great time!

Many thanks to OurStage.com for providing the tickets. Without you guys, I would have missed out on this unbelievable experience.

-Liz”

**Update: Liz provided a Canon USB cord that proved to be invaluable (I left mine at my parents house). To thank her, I got her into the press row to take pictures of John Mayer, one of her favorites. Click here to see pics of that experience.

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