And I can’t say that I blame them for feeling slighted.
I have been watching in disgust as artists have bypassed the 804 for the 434, a city 1/5th the size: Rolling Stones, Clapton, The Police, Justin Timberlake/Timbland, Van Halen (played in Richmond back in the 1984 tour), Dave Matthews Band, etc.Â
The list of world-class musicians that Charlottesville pulls is somewhat ridiculous. Courtesy of the HooK:
While he’s unwilling to reveal actual attendance figures (as were all the Charlottesville venues contacted for this story), JPJ’s Wilson says the arena’s last year has been a “phenomenal” success. He points to seven sold-out shows: Eric Clapton, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, High School Musical, and the grand opening back-to-back DMB shows.
Wilson doesn’t mention that such internationally renowned venue-packers as James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, and Rod Stewart did not sell out.