IS SEVENDUST HAVING PROBLEMS SELLING TICKETS?
Axl and I were scratching our heads when we saw that Sevendust — who are returning to New York tonight on the third leg of their tour supporting their latest release Alpha — booked the Roseland Ballroom for their NYC stop. The venue is one of the city’s biggest all-General Admission rooms with a capacity of approximately 3,000, and the last time through Sevendust failed to sell out the 2,100 capacity Nokia Theater in midtown (I walked up and bought a ticket at the window right before Sevendust started). So it comes as no surprise to us that according to a post this morning on Sevendust’s official website, the Roseland show has been moved to the much-much-smaller Gramercy Theater:
Due to unavoidable utility repair at Roseland Ballroom, tonights [sic] show has been moved to Blender Theater at Gramercy located at 127 E. 23rd St, between Lexington Ave & Park Ave S.
Utility repair??? I call BULLSHIT with a big, humongous capital “B.” The Gramercy’s capacity, at its packed-like-sardines maximum, is 600 people. That is one-fifth the size of Roseland. The conclusion ain’t rocket surgery; if there had been any significant amount of advance tickets sold, this would be impossible. Part of me is bummed that I’m out of town and unable to see Sevendust’s awesome live show in such an intimate setting, but the other part of me is sad to hear that Sevendust can’t even sell 600 advance tickets in one of the biggest markets in the U.S. On the other hand, I won’t have to deal with the Gramercy’s (Blender?? Kiss my ass!) notoriously shitty sound system.