How are the mighty fallen:
A leading Bruce Springsteen fanzine has announced it will cease publication after 43 years because the artist’s fanbase became disillusioned by unaffordable concert tickets.
Backstreets magazine said both its editorial staff and fans had become ‘dispirited’ and ‘downhearted’ after prices for some tickets to the artist’s 2023 arena tour reached $4,000 each last year.
‘These are concerts that we can hardly afford; that many of our readers cannot afford; and that a good portion of our readership has lost interest in as a result.’
Springsteen’s humble beginnings in New Jersey and the relatability of his music once earned him the reputation of being ‘the voice of the working man’.
In his early years, Springsteen played at any bar in which he could make money. He earned the nickname the Boss because he would collect and distribute gig money among band members, Andrew Delahunty, the author of the Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames, told the BBC in 2009.
Mark Kemp of Rolling Stone magazine once described Springsteen as ‘a working-class hero: a plainspoken visionary and a sincere romantic whose insights into everyday lives – especially in America’s small-town heartland – have earned comparisons to John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie.’
Yeah, well now he’s just a woke dollar-chasing asshole, like so many of his ilk.
I never cared for his tuneless bellow anyway, so I have no dog in this fight. But these people need to be brought back down to earth by the people who were actually responsible for their success. Nowadays, their success seems to be driven by those bloodless fucks at TicketMaster, and a pox on them too.
Maybe I’m just getting more indifferent in my old age, but nowadays this kind of thing is more likely to get a shrug from me, rather than outrage and condemnation:
Cheeky couple fund bucket list trip around Africa by flogging amateur porn
“We feel wild and confident about our sex life, I don’t see porn as negative in any way, plus it’s helped us financially too.
“He is the only person I have sex with on or off camera…
“We both enjoy it a lot. We have sex a couple of times a week, it’s a great stress relief and sleep medicine. We both are sexually experimental and we like to have a laugh during it.”
Well, as long as you enjoy it… it’s just another way Teh Intarwebz has made it easier to earn money, really.
It’s easy for people of my generation to shout and condemn all this, of course. But I have a sneaking feeling that at age (say) 24, had a Pretty Young Thing suggested that we fund a trip through Europe (forget that Africa shit) by having us have an occasional bonk on camera, I might have had a different take on the whole business [sic].
And that was back in the 1970s. In today’s more permissive climate, who knows?
Lastly, Teh Meejah have played a considerable role is lowering standards. The above couple are described as “cheeky” in the headline; I wonder how the headline would have read in 1978?
After not taking down Orange Man Bad, celebrities need another target for their hysteria… so why not go back to an old favorite?
Hollywood’s hypocritical gun control elites, including Rosie O’Donnell, Darryl Hannah, Amy Schumer, and others are applying pressure on studio executives to cut ties with the NRA. This request comes just over a week before Hollywood comes together on February 9 for the Oscars.
1010 WCST reports that the celebs, joined by the gun control group Guns Down America, sent a letter to the execs which said, “Since the federal government has failed to pass reforms that raise the standard for gun ownership in America, our industry has a responsibility to act.”
Here’s a thought: why don’t these pricks put their money/careers where their mouth is? If these precious little darlings hate guns so much, then they should:
- refuse to read any scripts which contain guns or gunplay; or else
- tell their agents to put a clause into their next movie deal that if the storyline changes to involve any guns whatsoever, they have the right to walk off the set without penalty.
Let’s see how that works out for them.