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BarbB   

Being born and bred in Cleveland (and a Browns fan), I still have to say I love Pittsburgh (although NOT the Steelers!). It is truly not the Pittsburgh now that I remember as a child having to visit the relatives there. I used to hate going there because it was so dingy and dirty (although in fairness, so was Cleveland at the time). Pittsburgh has become a beautiful city with much to offer. My daughter went to school there and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Darlene, Windber is one of those towns where if you blink while driving through it, you've missed it! Jim was actually raised in Beaverdale which was a little coal mining town.

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marvin   

Like I said Deb, this isn't a knock against Pittsburgh the city or it's ability to attract major performers. Sure Bon Jovi sell out in Pitts - Bon Jovi sell out just about everywhere. The Raspberries on the other hand are not a major act, and they've had to claw and fight to attract fans in NYK and LA, markets that are considered 'major.' Call me a doubting Thomas, but I can't see how they could draw a big crowd in Pittsburgh.

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mellie   

Then again, Bon Jovi's tickets are not selling out in the first four to eight weeks of announcing his concerts. He announces his shows six months in advance and it takes most of them four or five months to sell out. With longer time to get the word out and more advance notice before people fill their calendars with other activities, I'd bet the Raspberries could profit well just about anywhere they wanted to play. I know a lot of folks who have to request time off from work three months in advance, and without an extra travel day, they just can't get to the shows.

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marvin   

This is just my opinion: Due to the fact that the 'berries have 'day jobs', I don't believe that they can make plans far in advance. They certainly can't tour through an entire year like most 'major' acts do. As such, they hit the major markets/cities with short notice, with the hope that there is enough media and music fans to draw crowds.

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mellie   
marvin said:

...Due to the fact that the 'berries have 'day jobs', I don't believe that they can make plans far in advance....

Just curious - why do you think that? I would think it could be easier to find mutual "open" dates in their calendars five months ahead instead of two months?

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marvin   

For the most part the band have been playing only on weekends. I would assume that this is so that they can get back to their 'day jobs' on Monday or Tuesday. This hampers any possibility of a lengthy tour, and probably explains the last minute announcements: when a weekend frees-up at a club, the band seizes the opportunity.

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Wally works for the county, Dave in a hospital and Jim runs a car business. As far as I know the first two are difficult to get extra tie off and as a business owner myself...it's a job and a half running the show.

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I never liked the Steelers but I like the Penguins. Our family were farmers from the late 1700s through about 1870 northeast of Pittsburgh and I have always wanted to see that neck of the woods. The NYC and L.A. Raspberries gigs we went to,as many did, were well attended and didnt seem like anything the band had to "claw and fight" for. I think the band should bring it back to the Windy city soon. Chicago would be well attended and well appreciated.

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marvin   

NYC in 2005 did much better than NYC in 2007, and the recent California shows certainly didn't have the audience that I think most of us were expecting. I agree with you about Chicago being a logical 'return' city.

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Bon Jovi is sold out for their Pittsburgh tour in March... and The Clarks will be playing in my hometown in March!

Their concerts here always sell out.

I am soooo excited! I can't wait to see them.

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I heard that since Bon Jovi's upcoming March 15th concert in Pittsburgh is sold out, they have added a second one at Mellon Center for March 5th.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow! Bon Jovi rocks..........

Is there a glimmer that the Berries will play in my area?

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That should be a good concert too! I always liked Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Billy Joel is coming in April and Kenny Chesney will be playing June 14th at Heinz Field! I can't wait too see him!

Pittsburgh is a great rockin place... just ask Donnie Iris!!

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Billy K.   

The Detroit-Cleveland-Pittsburgh region is perhaps the most important corridor in the USA when it comes to entertainment. You have somewhat less things to do in these cities, compared to Chicago or New York....especially in the winter.

This corridor probably spends more money on entertainment, percentage-wise, than the rest of the country. People all go out to the sports games, show up at the concerts, see the movies, rent the videos, and buy the CDs.

Have a concert in Pittsburgh......and I'm willing to bet that people that would not normally be interested would show up....from both sides of the OH/PA border.

This part of the country is something that is not to be taken lightly!

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Wow!!! The Police with special guest Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake , Pittsburgh, PA

Mon, Jul 28, 2008 07:30 PM.

This is awesome!!! I can't wait!!!!

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John P   

We are always saying why don't the Berries play in this town or that city, does it help to contact our favorite venue that we know that they can draw a descent crowd and put in a request for a future gig ?

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LC   

GMan--I'm with you on that. When I saw it the other way, I gave it a double-take.... The Police oughta be carrying Elvis' luggage! :p

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