30 Seconds to Mars are my latest favorite rock band (even though Jared Leto seems to be intent on being the male Lady Gaga, when it comes to fashion)-with most of that likeness attributed to Hurricane and the amazingly well-structured album: This is War.
So consider my dismay when I knew they were going to be playing in Abu Dhabi on March 11- a concert that I cannot go to simply because I live in Beirut!
*Insert Jared-Leto-style-scream here*
I can bitch for days and days about how here in Lebanon, we only get the crappiest groups to play because the general population here seems to think that raves and electronic beats are music. I can bitch for days on end about how even when the above-mentioned events happen, they’re mostly unorganized, drink-infested, with no control over minors/legal age of drinking.
But perhaps my biggest gripe with these events is the ridiculous costs they charge! I know that a lot of hard work and effort goes into these events and the artists themselves only get a meager portion of the earnings. That’s very reasonable and understandable.
The thing is though, we don’t need to have all those flashy strobe-lights, the loud sound system, and all the other things that the concert promoters throw in to make the concert an “experience.”
No one believes that the above-mentioned experience could simply be the audience and the artist sharing their connection and love for music in a completely simplified setting, which would a- decrease the costs of tickets and b- make the whole event unforgettable.
Back to the 30 Seconds to Mars concert. General admittance tickets are being sold for 150 AED- roughly converting to 40 USD. For double that, you can be in the fan pit! That’s still less than 100 USD.
Let’s see what 40 bucks will let you do at a normal event in Lebanon?!