SFNO announces Expanded Concert Series

Saturday, November 20, 2004 9:22 AM
WOW.. We have a new Expanded Has been Concert Series...LoverBoy ,circa 1982 , Steppenwolf, circa 1968 and last but not least Eddie Money, circa 1979..These groups have been out of the loop for some time ...Probably Cheap to have play at the park..They probably have free dates between trips to the retirement homes !!! I had opportunities to listen to these groups years ago (not trying to give my age away). Not taking anything away from these groups..They were great in their hayday but SFNO has turned into a Concert Hall and a Movie Theater..We are Blazing a New Frontier,,If you can't keep attendance up,, just suck them back in the door with Concerts!!!! I guess they will try to take the place of our once promised additions...WOW.. I am so overjoyed.I could almost cry!!! Maybe we could get a Trapeze Act like at the old Ponchartrain BeachPark.. Have a Beauty Contest, Open up the Penny Arcade and have a POP hand stamp..The Good ole Days....Just need the Original Zephyr back. As far as I remember the train always ran ..never a break down....Memories.. This Park will never come close to filling those shoes..Hell, they can't even put their pants on right !!!!
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 12:25 PM
You're not looking at the bigger picture.

These bands may not be popular with the youth of today but they are popular with their parents or even grandparents. So when these concerts happen the "old folks" come to watch the concert and they bring their kids to play in the park. It has been proven time and time again that families spend more than teens.

I understand you're disappointed. A new coaster or flat ride would have been cool. But the park just got an influx of new rides recently. New rides will come. In the meantime, offering the concert series seems like a good way to get people who might not normally go to the park through the gate.

YMMV.

mOOSH

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Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:07 PM
Yeah they're washed up has beens. I remember seeing Loverboy back in '82 or '83. Great arena rock show with laser beams encircling each member of the band hehe. Spinal Tap anyone? Probably around the same time period I saw Eddie Money. Geez I'm giving away my age now. Oh well like Moosh said these bands will draw in an older crowd with kids and spend money more than likely. More money means new rides and or improvements to the park. I have to say I think for the size of SFNO, it's quite a cool park. I know I enjoyed my trip there, and would be glad to have it in Nashville!
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:15 PM
i wish Conneaut Lake still had concerts...
I must've missed Cheap Trick like, three times.
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:19 PM
Saw Cheap Trick back in the 80's too. Seriously, I think they're one of the better power pop bands to have come from the US. I wish I knew where my Rick Nielsen guitar pick went.
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:26 PM
Damn , I thought I was old and alone, Now I have Thrillerman and Moosh with me... How many older posters are out there who used to party to Steppenwolf and Loverboy....3 Days of Concerts is not going to add many #'s to yearly attendance..They tried that last year and it didn't work either..If Sf would look at the bigger picture and open the park up for Mardi Gras, Sugar Bowl and some of the City's big draw events and Advertise the park heavy for openings just on Weekends ..People from out of town, I think would take advantage of Playtime..I know of a lot of people who scatter from the city due to the parades to visit parks out of state just for a change...It would be a win win situation for the park..Its not like they use the off time to repair the rides , they do this during the regular season.!!! But this would make sense and I'm sure SFNO would never even consider it!!!
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:34 PM
CrazyB: i'm 42 here... Steppenwolf, w/guitarist Mars Bonfire... (lol) love that name...
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:35 PM
Got you beat by 3
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:55 PM
I've got CrazyB beat by 10
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 3:06 PM
Still in my 30's here :-P
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 3:25 PM
Mid 30's myself. Anyone for Rush? Yes? Styx? Asia? Steve Miller Band? Aerosmith is still a popular band, the've been around for 4 decades now.
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 3:35 PM
Maybe SFNO can take all of your Bands suggestions and we can fill up the parks weekend schedule and have a Outragiously Insane yearly attendance record and then maybe maybe we might get selected for the proposed waterpark addition for 2006..only 30 or so weekends ...lets see if we have 3 and add 6 from Coasterguts suggestions that only leaves 21 weekends left to fill ...We better get busy thinking up bands to see if they have an open weekend ....LOL
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 6:35 PM
My first concert was Journey [Escape Tour] with Loverboy [Get Lucky Tour] opening. Yeah...I'm old [39] ;)
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 7:06 PM
My first concert was Foghat ("Fool for the City")

Journey always put on a great show though.

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Saturday, November 20, 2004 7:29 PM
I forgot about Foreigner;Fleetwood Mac;Doobie Brothers;Boston;ZZ Top. Oh the memories of being young.

First concert for me Styx about four years ago. What can I say, I started my youth way late. Didn't start riding coasters until two years ago, first concert four years ago. I guess one of these days, I need to start drinking alcohol now that I'm legal.

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Saturday, November 20, 2004 11:12 PM
No offense, but @ 40-ish years old, I think there are more important things to complain and worry about than the local SF park...

When you come to West Virginia and live for 24 years and have the only park in the state remove the only steel coaster and only new coaster they have gotten in decades(which, BTW, was SBNO, and I've never ridden it), then come and complain about what your park is not getting.

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Sunday, November 21, 2004 10:45 AM
Certainly Zephyr would go down now and then. I was on it to experience a moderate malfunction.A section of road rail at the bottom of the first drop came up which damaged the side of the train and left it stranded atop the second hill. After that i did not ride it again for two seasons.

I am still hoping something will pop up at SFNO at the last minute before 05 season. Chances are good that i will see it or hear about it when it happens but of course i won't be talking about it.

As far as the bands go, If i am working the area when the bands play, it does make for a nice change now and then to see the crowd around goodtime garden and hear the music.

42 here and still listen to Styx,Fleetwood,Rush Ect LOL. I am not embarassed to say i still like rock , metal and pop. Guess i always will.

We did get sponge bob 04 so if we don't see anything in 05 it really isn't so bad.Prolly get something in 06.I know this does not make you feel better but i am just saying.

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Sunday, November 21, 2004 3:27 PM
I saw Styx, Survivor, and one of those other garden variety 80's metal-hair bands about 4 yrs ago. Survivor actually was a hoot! A good sense of humor about their place in the pantheon of Rock, and a string of hits. Before the show started, no one in our group could remember anything of theirs besides "Eye of the Tiger". Once they started playing, it was a flood "Oh, yeah! I forgot about that one. And that one...", each one bringing back long forgotten moments in our youth. Incredibly fun. Styx was awesome, but I missed Dennis De Young on vocals; most diehard Styx fans, however, did not. And that other once-popular 80's band with a few power-ballad hits? They suXored. Very pretentous; thought their s*!@ didn't stink; it did.

Anyway, when SFNO books The Fixx, Psychedelic Furs, and Adam Ant, then I'll be so there!

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Sunday, November 21, 2004 5:47 PM
SFNO got two coasters, a slew of flat rides, and other enhancements last year...more than many parks get over a span of a few years. It could be worse...your home park could be SFDL! ;)
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Sunday, November 21, 2004 7:52 PM
Yeah even though those aren't the latest bands, you ought to see the huge crowds some of those concerts bring in. The Three Dog Night concert drew HUGE crowds, although not as much as Joy Fest. Never go during Joy Fest, that was just scary... In my opinion the only way they are going to bring in any significant crowds and not have a huge attendance lost next year is through special events and concerts. Otherwise, the park will be extremely empty.
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