Rock Music and Cruise Ships
Is my kind of music now for old people? I've noticed lately that there are cruises you can buy which feature numerous rock bands. You can sail around, and watch various acts perform on board. I was poking around on Yes' website and saw that they and various other bands are featured on a Caribbean cruise in April 2014. Is this the wave of the future? Isn't this kind of like playing at a county fair but on the water? Do you think such cruises are cool or a sign that a band's career is on the decline (or sinking)? I can't decide.
On one hand I would think it could be a sign of a decline. I sort of associate that also with the casino circuit.
The local blues society has been promoting and booking blues cruises for over 10 years. Never been on one but those who have say it's a real hoot. It's like 4 or 5 days on a cruise ship with good food, drink, and music pretty much 24/7 for the duration.
Wouldn't seem too much of a stretch to have the same thing with a rock theme.
It is a way to make money and survive. Many of those acts promote those cruises as intimate meet and greet type of events and fans can get to see some of their favorite acts perform more than once during the week in some cases. Many have multiple acts booked.
We just opened for a well known act that is doing one of these cruises next year.
However, the acts sure have a captive audience. :rolleyes:
It's the free market economy in action - a way to match certain acts with the demographic that has demand for it. The people who like bands like Night Ranger, Cinderella, KIX, are now at an age where they can afford to take a "Monsters of Rock" cruise and enjoy being entertained.
Yes is IS now old folks music.....
There is a KISS Kruise
I'd like to take one of the cruises with excellent musicians such as Marcus Miller and various other greats.
Lynyrd Skynyrd cruise.
Monsters of Rock Cruise:
Here is a metal cruise.
Here's a list of music themed cruises by category.
My buddy told me there was a Progressive Nation cruise with Transatlantic and King's X amongst other great prog bands. We are heavily debating doing it, it sounds awesome tons of great bands playing every night a week for a week all within walking distance. My friend and I are in our 20's, so not for old people.
JamCruise has been wildly successful, and those are mostly younger jam bands, aimed at a pretty young 20 and 30-something audience.
Cruise To The Edge Prog Rock. I would love to go on this cruise.
I've seen music themed cruises for quite a few years doing jazz, rock, metal, and country, even though the cruise business is in a slump right now, It's just marketing to a different audience and trying to drum up business. There is a younger demographic that go on cruises these days as well. I have no idea what the gig pays though, but you do have a captive 2 to 3 thousand people that have nothing to do but drink, eat, and dance. Go with it, cruises are fun. I think when the bands that used to be "Big" are now playing county fairs and monster truck events, those are the guys that are on the decline and trying to stay alive.
If it was feasible for me, I'd do that prog cruise in a frickin' heartbeat.
I bet the 311 cruise would be a ton of fun too.
YES is doing a boat gig. The End.
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