Riccardo De Santis
So, the first comments / impressions / posts about the European leg of the Metalica tour are starting to flow in, and I must admit, though I am reading about many happy friends, over the moon for what it seems to be a great stage etc, , that I am still extremely disappointed about this 'money business, attitude that the band is showing on this tour, with no respect at all for long time / die hard fans.
I will make it clear here on FB to all my friends / contacts / tallica family, why I will NOT go and see them live anymore (beside the show in my hometown, Torino, on Feb 10th, 2018);
As many of you may know by now, I have seem them live 77 times so far (and no, I am not one of those fans who got a shitload of money and have seen them 100 times but starting in 2012 or so, I have seen them 77 times starting January 1987) so I guess my words might be taken into consideration as I grew up with Metallica ever since the KEA era in 1983. I have always been queuing for hours, in the heat or in the rain, just to get my fair chance to get to the rail and see them as close as possible. I have seen them in Europe, Russia, Japan and in the States, they were the main reason for me to start learning english, and the main reason why I got so excited about travelling the world, meeting new people, and discovering new places, and I will forever be grateful to Metallica for this.
My passion was so huge that I established a Local Chapter back in the 90's and its number is 46, so among the first ones in Europe. I always had the goal to help people meet them or simply help people seeing them from the best possible spot, we have become a family through the years, and this is what makes me most proud of.
As a Chapter Head, I always felt this 'responsibility' not only to promote the band I love, but most of all to let a group of fans become a family, going to shows together, helping each other out and looking after each other at shows.
But right now the attitude in Metallica seems to have dramaticaly changed to a mere 'money business'. And no, I am not talking about seling the Meet and Greet for 2500,- Euros to 12 lucky fans on each show, I am talking mainly about selling those dozens of tickets for something like 350,- Euros or so that grant people an early entry so that they can get to the rail without problems. This pises me off big time, because it meand that, on each show, there will be at least 60/70 people or more that will take the rail while I have been queuing outside for 12 hours only to enter the venue and find that the rail has gone. Gone to people who basically BOUGHT THEIR SPOT AT THE RAIL for 350 Euros approx. This means not giving die hard / old school Metallica fans a FAIR CHANCE on a 'fist come, first served' basis, as in, you get there early, you queue for hours so fair enough you get your spot at the rail.
This will not happen on this leg of the European Hardwired tour and I can not accept it. I don't want to buy a ticket already knowing that I will have no chance to get to the rail. It's UNFAIR. You are selling millions of records because you are bloody brilliant in making music, you sell thousands of shirts and merchandise worldwide, all of your shows are sold out because you are probably one of the best live bands around, you ask 2500 euros to those who can afford it just to meet you and take ONE GROUP picture with you (not a picture of THE FAN with the band, but a picture of ALL 12 fans with the band), and now you got to the point of SELLING THE SPOTS AT THE RAIL.... No, not really. I am not taking it.
I could not care less about James' attitude of not showing up at free Meet and Greet, while showing up at the paid one, this is HIS decision and a man's actions should speak for himself.
But taking it all on a level of 'You got the money, oh welcome!' and sort of disrespect fans who helped you making it out there by buying your tapes, vinyl records, merchandise and tickets to your shows when you were a fairly unknown young band supporting Venom and playing small venues, by 'relegating' them to any spot in the house but the rail is something that hurts me like a knife stabbed on my back.
Hence my decision of being fair to myself, and stick to the values I always believed in, by putting the Italian Metallibashers Local Chapter in stand-by until the band's attitude (eventually) changes to something more fair, and to stop going to their shows. I can not be a chapter head and support a band in which right now I can not believe in, anymore.
I am deeply sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings and this post is not meant to put the band under a bad light, it's just explaining in the most honest way to all my friends and Tallica family worldwide why I took this decision.
I wish to all of you still going to Metallica shows lots of fun and a happy time together and I hope I will see many of you at what - most likely - will be my last Metallica show at least for now.
Show #78 in Turin, Italy, Feb 10th 2018. See you there and love you all!
Προσωπικά νομίζω και εγώ ότι έχει παραγίνει το κακό που τα πάντα είναι για πούλημα και οι τιμές έχουν πάει στο θεό. ΟΚ, άλλαξε η βιομηχανία αλλά θα περίμενες από τους Metallica που είχαν θέσει στάνταρ στο πόσο κοντά είναι στους οπαδούς τους να μην μπουν στην λούπα "μάζευε το μαρούλι όπου το βρίσκεις", είναι απογοητευτικό. Από την άλλη αν κάνει κανείς τον πολλαπλασιασμό για όλη την περιοδεία και όλα τα πακέτα, το ποσό στο τέλος είναι ΜΕΓΑΛΟ, τι να πω κι εγώ, στο ξένο πορτοφόλι εύκολα κάνει κουμάντο κανείς. Αλλά είναι άλλο ένα από τα πράγματα που δεν θα συνηθίσω ποτέ στους ύστερους Metallica, ότι όχι, δεν είναι ΤΟΣΟ ξεχωριστοί πια.
Το meet and greet του James εμένα είναι αντιθέτως το μόνο που το καταλαβαίνω απολύτως, είναι ανθρώπινο να μην αισθάνεσαι άνετα με κόσμο που σου λέει τα ίδια και τα ίδια, πιο πολύ νομίζω ότι τον ζορίζει ότι οι μισοί που γνωρίζει του φαίνονται ηλίθιοι.
Πάντως ήταν ενδιαφέρον κείμενο.