Not wanting to rain on anyone’s parade (song pun fully intended 😉 ) in the John Barrowman newsgroup, I’m opting to not wait until Festivus in December (thank you Seinfeld, lol) and having an “Airing of the Grievances” here, now, instead. And yes, I’d like a little brie with my upcoming whine, thank you. 😉
Am I somewhat bummed that JB’s scheduling gurus have him touring all over the UK again this fall, with NO dates, once again, scheduled in the US, despite the fact that he’s actually very conveniently already HERE at the moment?
Why yes, yes I am. Starting to feel a little like the forgotten, neglected American skeleton in JB’s closet in London, lol.
I’m sure that the fact that there are simply more Barrowfans per square mile in the UK than there are in the US has a lot to do with it; JB can squeeze in more performances in front of more fans covering less distance and less time, if he plays in the UK vs playing in the US. (Nerd factoid: The US Barrowfans here are spread out across nearly 4,000,000 square miles, vs the distance he has to travel to perform in the UK, a whole 95,000 square miles. If you were to put that into terms of surface area, he’s essentially covering the equivalent of the state of Oregon when he tours the whole of the UK.)
So I do get the logistics of all that. It just seems like it should be doable somehow. He IS the All Powerfull John Barrowman after all. 😉 And I wouldn’t even require a tour with all the bells and whistles of the last tour. “Uncle John Unplugged”, something like his Kennedy Center performance, would suit me just fine.
And it wouldn’t be so bad missing out on yet another tour, if it weren’t for the number of people in the UK who are complaining that the 2011 tour isn’t coming anywhere “near” them. Exsqueeze me? I could understand that if y’all lived in the very south of the country, and the only place he was performing was in the very north, that’s something like 700 miles, definitely a long haul if you’re driving. But he’s playing twenty seven dates scattered across the whole of the UK. I’ve just started mapping the tour stops for my Virtual Tour 2011 webpage, so don’t know where they all are as of yet, but based on where they were LAST year, surely ONE of those dates, even one that’s halfway across the country, should be considered “near” enough to get to.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just what you’re used to. When I first moved from California to North Carolina, I went into a bit of “mileage shock” myself; after being used to having to drive all of 20-45 minutes max to get to most concerts my entire time in the Bay Area, to come here and discover I would have to drive anywhere from two to eight hours if I wanted to see any of my favorite performers was a bit of a jolt. And I’d have to cross state lines to do it?!? Completely unneeded in California, which being a fairly good sized state, you have to drive for hours before you cross a state line there.
But now I’m getting used to it. 3 hour drive to Charlotte? 5 hour drive into Virginia or South Carolina? 8 hour drive to New Jersey? Been there, done that, bought a Prius for the gas mileage because of it. LOL. Longest trek thus far has been the flight from Raleigh to Vermont to see U2 in Boston in 2009. Pretty good for someone who was used to driving 15-20 minutes to just pop downtown for a concert in San Jose.
Okay, end of rant. Honestly happy for the folks in the UK who get to see JB perform, as well as the folks in the US who are lucky enough to be able to fly overseas to go see him.
And looking on the bright side of JB not touring here:
- I didn’t have to take part in a mad frantic scramble to get tickets when they went on sale this week.
- And didn’t have to figure out where I was going to come up with the money for said tickets.
- And didn’t have to try to figure out the logistics of getting to a concert that most likely WOULD be REALLY considered to be too far away to get to, since the odds of him playing in my state even if he were to play here would be slim to none (If he were to play LA only, that alone would be a 3000 mile jaunt!)
- AND making sure that I could fit it into the 3 concerts (Cirque 2.5 hours; Third Day 1.5 hours; and U2 8 hours away) and a Mets game in NY that are already on my schedule for the year so far.
So all in all, maybe not a bad thing that he’s not playing here?
Yes, I’m kidding. STILL hoping for some US dates SOMEDAY! “Puh-puh-puh-pleeeze, Eddie!” 😀
Meanwhile, it’s on to working on the John Barrowman Virtual Online Tour: The 2011 Edition.