Back in the days of the Medellin Cartel, worldwide known bands and artists were shit scared of going to Colombia. After Pablo Escobar was gunned down, the situation improved a little, and artists like Bon Jovi, Metallica, and Elton John were booked to play in Bogota.
With the rise of the FARC guerrillas in the late 90s and the first years of this decade, things got considerably worse, and promoters were having a hard time booking international acts.
Lately things have gotten considerably better and more secure with a weakened FARC. This year alone Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Muse, played in Colombia with REM, Nine Inch Nails, and Judas Priest coming in the next months.
I went to the Muse gig in Bogota and it was fuckin' amazing. Bands love South American crowds because they really pour their hearts out into the stage act. Even though English is not their first language, they sing far louder than an American crowd.
[QUOTE][QUOTENAME]Brandon wrote: [/QUOTENAME]... and now the "best you can offer is Mr. Jingles? HA! He's... just pathetic.[/QUOTE]