|| Friday, 18th January 2008
Willyfred was carried down the
High Street first thing, not to inspect the Enhancement Scheme currently
underway, but to meet the vet. The vetinary clinic is a modest establishment, a
branch of an Evesham practice, and would not have been out of place in 1950s
Wimborne. The clinic is only open mornings between 09.00 and 09.30.
Nevertheless, 30 minutes was quite sufficient as the only patient in attendance
The Minx’s online investigations
have lead her to conclude that Willyfred is suffering tardiness of the bowels,
and that this is a frequent arising in house rabbits. In Willyfred’s case, this
is certainly the first time this particular deficiency has been apparent to my
eyes, and occasional underfoot experiencing. Willyfred returned down the High
Street, well behaved in his carrying box, with the first treatment inside him.
On the Guestbook…
$1.2 Million for 6 weeks?:: Posted by tonelab on January 17, 2008
…for my education and
anyone elses that may be interested (so that our knowledge may rise even
slightly above the level of insufficient and inadequate) - in very round and
general numbers, can RF explain where the $30,000 a day goes while on a 6 week
tour? I would love to get educated in the finances of touring, as the cost he
writes about is way greater than anything I could have ever imagined.
There are subjects of greater
interest & necessity to me than discussing road financing, even were I
fully conversant with current costings (perhaps find a good & willing tour manager
with a frontline band?). Very briefly: flights for players & techs,
equipment shipping over continents (huge), hotels, tour-buses (one for the
band, one for the crew), a truck for the gear, wages for techs & drivers
& tour manager (who will have spent 1-2 months arranging logistics).
Crim factoid: in 1995 it cost
$30,000 to put 6 Crims + their equipment in one room together, this before they
played a note.
The initial cost of getting
players + equipment from one continent to another is huge, and is
conventionally spread over several weeks of touring. The kind of proposal that
accompanies a formal offer of 2-4 shows in a distant location, such as
Santiago, Chile, or Moscow (both offers made since 2003) is for a 5,000-seat
venue with the show filmed for television. That is, the venue is (mostly) too
large for KC music, and the performance for television rather than audience;
noting KC viddies mostly fail to convey the power of the Beast in full flight.
One small current example from
last year’s touring with The LCG: the current cost of flying the Solar Voyager
from the UK to Spain, or the US to Buenos Aires, is c. $4,500 - $5,000 alone;
and this doesn’t include the air ticket for Mr. Beefy, or myself. I budget
$7,500 to put Mr. Beefy & myself together with the Solar Voyager in either
Europe or North America; $12,000 in Argentina.
Touring Europe:: Posted by dannepoop on January 18, 2008
I got a suggestion
for KC. Why not make a series of gigs in one place and let us in the audience
make the tour! Why not make the gigs in the London area. It´s reachable for the whole Europe. Easy to fly in and watch the concerts for
major parts of Europe.
Let´s say for 4 days. I´m sure you get all the shows
sold out! Just a humble opinion!
How much does Mr. Poop estimate
the cost of flying 3 Crims + 3 or 4 techs + rigs + acoustic & electronic
drums to the UK + rehearsals & rehearsal room + hotels? How much would the
tickets have to be, in a 1200-2000 seat venue, to cover costs alone?
Of greater interest to me, why
does Mr. Poop assume I might wish to play four gigs in London?
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