Lead Singer is Under the Weather? Here’s Your Refund!
Don't get too excited yet about pulling this card. It's not a local concept. Check out this crazy, can of worms idea though.
Music fans in Finland can now get a 50 percent refund after a less-than-stellar 2013 Helsinki concert performed by Chuck Berry.
On the surface, it's a fair idea. Hey, even the promoter wants to put on a good show. Usually. To them it's a business no doubt, but their business is putting on great shows that keep people coming back right? So does it behoove them to consider something like a refund under the right circumstances? Should they lose business and he hassled cause a band of lactose intolerant musicians killed it at a Diary Queen earlier in the day? Should the ACT be responsible?
What if someone's in a foul mood like a Gallagher brother from Oasis, will a refund be expected then?
Meaning, if they're sick - sure it's mother nature or things you can't control, but isn't it their fault, technically? yes we feel bad and want them to feel better.... but we want a friggin show for our money and memories.
Should it be on the act to reschedule and do it right? Needless to say it costs them time and money to make their way to your town again. And maybe the venue is booked on the one date they can do a return show.
So it can't be easy. BUT... someone's sick or injured should you be getting less of a show than they can give you on a better day? Is it a crap shoot? Some nights are better than others and you take what you get? What if someone's in a foul mood like a Gallagher brother from Oasis, will a refund be expected then?
The answer is... there's too many questions.
Go to shows and just see what happens. You should be ok. The one thing a band won't do in 2015, as tough as it is to make it work in the music world, is screw you or leave you with a bad taste. They can't afford to.
Chuck Berry though, like in the story reported, I'll gladly sit for an hour and watch him shuffle a deck of cards. It's Chuck Berry, sometimes presence is louder than any guitar.