RE: The VU cover
Posted by: Kevin ()
Date: September 30, 2000 09:28AM

Mark Ashton wrote:

I might have felt differently a few years ago, but I noticed something when BOB CATLEY did his first ever solo show. People were
coming up to us and asking what it was that we were selling. It was Bob`s debut solo album, "The Tower". Now I`d say that half
the audience that night didn`t even know he had a solo album out ( and didn`t even know about HARD RAIN either ) because they
had been huge MAGNUM fans in the past but had slowly become sick of the likes of KERRANG etc bringing decent music down
so they had stopped buying the mags. The fanzines do a great job but it`s mainly a case of preaching to the converted as people
have to almost already know about the mag to be able to get them.
So, we had done some local advertising and a lot of the people at the gig were only there because they recognised his name from
MAGNUM and went along out of curiosity. That really opened my eyes to the fact that there are a lot of people out there who
would be interested in what we were releasing but just didn`t know about it.

I'm 100% in agreement with you here on this point. It's not the music that is bad, but the fact that you can't get the cds becuase the common man on the street never even knew they existed. Live shows are the only way to get this music out since radio won't play it and the current music scene won't touch it.
I don't know what the big sellers are for N&T, but I would think something along the lines of a Bob Catley/Ten tour would be a good idea since they knew Bob Catley from Magnum and Ten appears to be the other big seller (and probably the only other act the common people might have heard of). Add to it that the music is similar enough that you could increase both sales at the same time and give wider exposure to both bands in the process--which could only help. Ten appears to haver enough name recognition in some areas to where they might draw a crowd and with correct advertising, Catley will draw people because he was in Magnum. By pulling together, you might be able to draw enough people to get a larger venue than either of them could pull by themselves, which would obviously mean more people, more album sales and everything else. Of course, reality is a bit harder than this scenario, but you are going to have to find a way to bring the common crowds in break out beyond the tight-circled AOR scene.

on other subjects though...

The question I have regarding your answer on The VU though is if you are going to take a band that sounds like Journey and release their cd with a Journey-styled cover, why not do it on a band like Two Fires that exists instead of something like The VU, which has been a non-living entity for 15 years. Whether the strategy will work or not, I don't know--it is possible, but people will at least have a chance to see a band like Two Fires out there touring, while The VU will never play a concert at their local area. It just doesn't make sense to promote a dead band as a Journey-type band where you have a live band like Two Fires at the same time.


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