Lord Gonchar said:
Seriously though, you're not a dumb guy. Drop all the musical pretentiousness for a minute. Any of those dinosaur bands (with the possible exception of the Moody Blues) have a larger, wider spreading and more varied fanbase and still sells more albums, merchandise and tickets than all the other bands you listed combined.
Pretentious ain’t me. I went to see Tiffany last week… and I liked it. The CD player in my car currently has Madonna, Interpol, Public Enemy, Rihanna, Dead Milkmen, the Doors, A Split Second, and Goldfrapp. What I am is diverse. I imagine most other people are, too. That is not the feel I get from the park, even with reading the trip reports and seeing what they have to offer.
I’m not saying that Led Zep and the Eagles don’t have huge fan bases, and if it were my park, I’d absolutely have the Led Zeppelin ride OR the Eagles ride. I just wouldn’t “put all my eggs in one basket.” Not saying that the Moody Blues ride isn’t great. Just saying that it doesn’t matter how good it is if people say “that band sucks. I’m not doing that.”
Compare it to Islands of Adventure. They couldn’t survive as Jurassic Park, or as toon Town, or as Seuss Island. There are major attractions that appeal to many different demographics. That’s how you get asses through gates. Once they’re inside, it’s much easier to show off all the cool stuff you have.
Then he said hastily:
I'm not sure why we keep making suggestions of how to theme new rides or shops to other bands - that's not really even what the park does.
I do it because it’s fun. How about a methadone clinic themed to Jane’s Addiction? A refreshment stand that sells sweetened Ice-T? George Michael’s rest room experience?
Y’know a big problem I see with this park? I think the Hard Rock brand in itself is devalued. I really don’t think that people see it as special any more. When there were only a few Hard Rock Cafes in London, NYC, Toronto, there was an allure to them... something that made people want to travel to them. Now that there are somewhere around 150 locations, the Hard Rock name isn’t that big of a deal any more, and I think that a lot of people think that this park isn't that big of a deal, either.
The food isn't too shabby either. :)
*** Edited 8/15/2008 1:49:03 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
I was hoping for a Motley Crue coaster myself. ;)
Hmmm... "Kickstart My Heart" the Motocoaster! :)
That's usually not a full days park, and you have Citywalk plus next door. Also in Orlando and Tampa, you have so many attractions that it seems it's worth to go there.
My point is that Islands of Adventures has help. When people get bored there, they can do something else next door so it's worth it. Disney also has help with the park hoppers. Some people say Animal Kingdom is a half-day park.
Would it be worth to go to Texas, and just go to the Animal Kingdom with no other amusement park around? Animal Kingdom survives because you have so much around besides that one park.
The CD player in my car currently has Madonna, Interpol, Public Enemy, Rihanna, Dead Milkmen, the Doors, A Split Second, and Goldfrapp. What I am is diverse. I imagine most other people are, too.
In psychology, they call that "projection". ;)
Seriously though, most people aren't THAT musically diverse in terms of tastes. IMO(!)...the world would be a better place if people took diversity more to heart, and in their lives and beliefs....but that's just not the reality of the situation for the majority of people my age and older....
P.S. I mentioned Chuck D. in my previous post for a reason... :)
*** Edited 8/15/2008 7:07:45 PM UTC by rollergator***
I saw Yazoo a few weeks ago on their 25th anniversary tour. They had never played Los Angeles before. Vince and Allison were f'in amazing!
The CD player in my car currently has Madonna, Interpol, Public Enemy, Rihanna, Dead Milkmen, the Doors, A Split Second, and Goldfrapp.
As for what's in my car's CD player its just a single disc but it has REM, Beck, Gabriella Cilmi, Weezer, Yazoo, Ladytron, Mates of State, Elvis Costello, Apes & Androids, Peter Gabriel, Santogold, Duffy, The Last Shadow Puppets, Black Kids, MGMT, Wolfgang Press, Airborne Toxic Event, The Virgins, Love Psychedelico, and The Ting Tings.
What I am is diverse. I imagine most other people are, too. That is not the feel I get from the park, even with reading the trip reports and seeing what they have to offer.
Not so sure I agree with you there. I think most people pretty much stick with one genre of music. I think people like you and me are the exception to the rule.
I try to be as open-minded as possible when it comes to new music, yet I freely admit that I often prejudge a band before hearing it. I was aware of Death Cab for Cutie for years but assumed, based on their name alone, that they'd be speed metal or death metal or something like that. A friend even sent me a copy of "Transatlanticism" and it sat gathering dust for years. Imagine my surprise and embarassment when I heard "Soul Meets Body" and discovered I was completely wrong about the band. They are now one of my favorites. I guess I learned nothing from Barenaked Ladies (who are neither naked or ladies), Violent Femmes (who are neither violent or female) Ben Folds Five (who was a trio) or the Thompson Twins (who were only a duo at the end of their career).
Anyway I apologoze for the tangent. Back to HRP?
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