As I entered the concert last night, I heard a 20-something ask his buddy who was opening the show. “Is 3 Doors Down opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd or is Skynyrd opening for them?” I wanted to get in his face and say, “Are you out of your fu**ing mind?”
I knew this would probably generate a stupid comment like, “Man, Skynyrd hasn’t put out a CD (Album) in 30 years.” So, I let the comment pass.
“You can’t fix stupid.” – Ron White
You have to understand something. Most of the music created since 1990 is crap. There is a reason why acts like U2, Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Rolling Stones continually sell out concert venues today. Their music has transcended time.
Check out the top concert tours of 2005. Only 2 out of the top 10 are acts that entered the music scene post-1990. Celine Dion doesn’t count because they include her stupid Caesars Palace shows.
Is this because the majority of the concert going public is old? Of course not. I saw dozens of teenagers singing along to “Sweet Home Alabama” last night. Why? Because the song transcends time.
Does someone actually think that 20 years from now, amphitheaters across the country will be packed with 40 year-olds singing along to, “It’s Your Birthday” at a 50-Cent concert?
3 Doors Down has a shot at longevity because they are a good rock ‘n’ roll band. I’m sure there are a few others that make, or will make, music that crosses generations. I’m just not convinced, yet.
Gimme back my bullets.