What about Rolling Stones?
Good cats. I still listen to them with interest. Same goes for Rush and many other bands which have been around for some good deal of time. About 140.000 people attended the Rush concerts in Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo (SP) and Porto Alegre. (46.000, 65.000 and 35.000 respectively). It's massive because the tickets weren't cheap at all and the guys, although excited and stuff, didn't do much of publicity, their fan base was responsible for preparing their coming, it was beautiful.
It's been wonderful these years. I got to attend Queen + PR in SP and finally met the guys, it was a great experience; the Rush gig in SP, the unbelievable Stones' gig in Copacana, Rio de Janeiro, which gathered more than 1.000.000 people, it was the most impressive music event I ever got to attend in my whole life.
I mean, I had put down my expectations so much because, first, it was...colossal, and I thought I'd really be unable to listen to a thing. Second, I mean...what were those people doing there? It's going to have problems or something, I couldn't believe people had come to actually see the concert.
When the thing started, I got almost hysterical because the sound was simply amazing, and they were playing out there, in the open, and you could listen to it beautifully, and then the crowd, the people knew each and every one of the songs, even from the new album - "Rough Justice", people got mad!
Which is very telling, because Brazil has a large poor population which only began to have access to these things through illegal commerce, and even download! MP3 players got very cheap too.
So there they were, people who are linked to the local music and so on, singing along - that is, trying to! - even the new stuff, let alone the anthems.
Paul McCartney still holds the record here for the largest paying audience ever to attend a concert of a single band or artist in Brazil - the official state figures - I had to do some research on this for the school because the numbers varied according to each one's gut feeling, it seemed! - are 184 thousand people. It happened in 1990, in the Maracanã Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro.
U2 gathered a lot of people too. Not being a fan of the band, I thought it'd be cool to go, however, as a close friend of mine is a fanatic. If he hadn't some contacts, we wouldn't be able to get the tickets. It was an immediate sell out - there had been huge marketeering, Bono is deeply involved in politics and got to meet the President, who's probably one of the most popular Brazilian Presidents ever.
But then, with regard to U2, there were two disappointments: the number of people who actually attended the concert was far less than the number of tickets sold - there was a lot of people wanting to make a mint out of the show, some corruption, it was sad. The crowd was not that satisfied either, and it disappointed my friend: the sound was very poor. Very. Performance-wise, I think it's been one of the worst I ever attended to: Bono's voice is veeery hard to listen to, the band sounds horrible, they're out of tune for the whole concert and, eventually, get in tune with the help of the audience, I think, and it's horrendous. Really.
At the same time, however, I was moved, because they have a huge fan base and the fans really get into it, despite all the frustrations, and they make it happen, they kind of helped the band to pull off the concert, it was beautiful to watch, and I caught myself singing along some tunes!!!
I have been to many, many concerts of bands I didn't like or even couldn't stand - I can't stand R.E.M. I mean, it was really an academic exercise to go to their concert - I wanted to see things, interview people, try to write some paper, give the band a try, because I hadn't watched them live in Rock in Rio 3. I must say, they pulled off a better concert than U2, in terms of excitement and performance. The crowd was very excited throughout and they did their job, they sounded...fair. I mean, it was able to listen to the instruments, to the singer, some songs were played well, I have to be fair, it was a decent concert although I can't stand them. The crowd made it a fun, entertaining experience, they played a big role too.
Now, when it comes to taste and fanaticism - obsessive, idiossincratic, poor and unexplainable taste, Rock in Rio III meant only one thing for me: Neil Young. Haha. It was thrilling - I shouldn't be there in the first place, so that's when the fun began, sweet talking the security. lol Then...I was shaking, I couldn't wait, my father listented to his recordings so I grew up listening to each and every album thousands of times, I was just mad.
Problem was: his was the last performance of the night, and he got on stage about 1 A.M, most people had already gone away, I mean, it was bizarre. My friends got me closer to the stage and during good part of the concert I was on a friend's back. Hahaha. And I shouted, and shouted, and shouted. I lost my voice, reason, everything. People were scared at me, really, and the concert was crazy enough, so I was in the mood of the concert: it was like rock and roll with a vengence, it was wild from beginning to end, very raw and dirty throughout, except for some songs. Hehehe. It was really fun. Those were the days of my life! Those days are all gone now, but... : ))) Coming back to the thread after the huge digression
: Judging from the Brazilian fan base, U2 is bound to sell a whole lot of their new album and probably are going to gather tens of thousands of people should they come here.
They're are pretty much alive here, so to speak. Funny thing is: Queen is too. There has been a surge in the interest for Queen in the last years, though it's mainly for the albums with Freddie. Because Freddie isn't there anymore, and some years have passed since his death, which turned him into a kind of mythological figure, young people go for Paul Rodgers without a shadow of a doubt. It's their chance to see Queen Live and they're (we're) from an interesting generation: we don't belong in the mythological era, so the Freddie mania is not what it used to be, but the music still appeals to people. So they (we, I might say) respect Freddie, it was the Queen we got addicted to and opened the way for our interest in the new album with Paul Rodgers, but we do want Queen touring and making new albums be it with Paul Rodgers or anyone they find fit. They are such great musicians, why should they stop now? Unless they get tired of it or think they're too old for that and so on, but it'd be a pitty.
So, who knows? Maybe Queen gets to release yet another new album, and a much better one, I hope. :)) The guys sure have the talent, so...it's been exciting. And it was great to see them, both U2 and Queen, but for different reasons. The U2 gig I found quite moving despite all the problems and flaws, the crowd is really passionate about the band, I never thought I'd end up humming along some songs, even if my friend was kind of, you know, "Come on, get some sound out of it", hahaha, but in a very amusing way, really like helping the band pull off the show, singing along, shouting, and so on.