Very interesting article, especially with artists such as Diddy making video blogs about how the music business is going through change and that artists need to grow and adapt. Some of these rules are definetly pointed at older artists, but you youngins should take note if you wanna stick around :
Becoming Uselessly Drunk or High Before a Show
As Amy Winehouse has proved time and time again, it’s not a great idea to get so inebriated before a show that you can’t perform. Fans tend to get a little angry when they’ve paid a lot of money to see a show, and the musicians in question makes a fool of themselves on stage. We’re not there to watch a drunken ass grope blindly around the stage, cause if we wanted that we could have gone to any bar and seen that show for free.
Retiring Over and Over and…Over Again
Often fans pay a lot more money to see a show when they know it’s the “last” tour. If you continue to have a “last” tour every two years, frankly it gets to be a little annoying. It gives the impression of being a tad money-grubbing, and let’s face it, most of the time you aren’t improving your sound at all. (In fact, it might even be on the decline.) Sometimes, it’s a better idea to just put the horse out to pasture. It’s more gentle and quick that way.
See: Celine Dion, Cher, Jay-Z, 50 Cent
Listen, we get that crap happens, and that the odd show cancellation is unavoidable and completely understandable. But, if Kanye West can perform a show ONE WEEK after his mother died, we don’t want to hear any of your hangover/laziness excuses. Anyway, if your fans take the time out of their schedules to buy tickets to your show, the profits of which helps support you and your cool rock star lifestyle, and you can’t even bother to show up, well, you can just colour them not pleased.
Refusing to Play Old Hits
There’s a reason that you’re popular, and it’s because you’ve written some songs that make the people’s hearts sing. So, really, most of us don’t care how many times you’ve sung that same old song, if we want to hear Like A Virgin, then dammit Madonna, you best be playing it.
See also: Radiohead
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