The big debate: ASUA concert loses $1Mby Billie Stanton on May. 07, 2009, under Opinion
‘They are learning the new economic model . . . hold more concerts to SPEND their way out of debt. Maybe . . . they’ll qualify for bailout money.’ – harley cleanslate
The story: The Last Smash Platinum Bash was a $1 million bust for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, costing $1.4 million to stage but bringing in only $503,000.
Your take: ASUA’s plan was pathetic, mixing a hip-hop artist with a pop star during a recession and as students study for finals.
“Leave this sort of stuff to the pros and stop playing with other people’s money,” advises rhinox1. “I’ve been doing events for a decade and the first thing I ever tell anyone who wants to get into this business is, ‘How much can you afford to lose in one night?’ ”
As for bringing in hip-hop star Jay-Z, says 3807, “market was for college students, not mini wannabe gangbangers!”
Notes 2865, “Tucson is a small market and unless there is something staged that can get the entire town to show up, UA stadium is too big a venue.”
The musical mix was bad too, notes 520ozees. “Easily a few thousand more out here in Tucson chose not to go because of the ridiculous mix of genres. The Kanye West concert was a success, or at least broke even, because the lineup was consistent.”
And 2160 suggests the UA students aren’t learning much in college: “These are the leaders of the future? what a waste of time and money . . . !”