Jim Derogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that rock fans are routinely treated like second-class citizens and willing dupes: They are regularly subjected to high ticket prices, unpleasant, uncomfortable and sometimes unsafe venues, exorbitant Ticketmaster service charges and poor sound quality.
Fans of classical music, theater or dance would never put up with such conditions. So it's not surprising that concertgoers in the rock world are starting to say, "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!"
Nevertheless, two recent lawsuits filed in Chicago pose an intriguing question: Is suing a band really the best way to go about instigating change in the concert arena?
Last Wednesday, a lawyer representing 172 LIMP BIZKIT fans filed a class-action lawsuit in Cook County District Court against the Los Angeles band stemming from its now-notorious performance in July as part of the Summer Sanitarium Tour at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney.
Reviewing that concert -- which featured BIZKIT performing after its nu-metal peers LINKIN PARK and the DEFTONES and before headliners METALLICA — Sun-Times free-lancer Anders Smith Lindall reported on the chaos during BIZKIT's aborted set. Read more.
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