HOT METRO FINDS: Queen + Adam Lambert Fans Trump Traditional Media Coverage W/ Social Media

 

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The recent Queen tour with Adam Lambert has reached epic proportions on the web. It has literally continued with a life all its own. The fans are nothing short of fanatical and the audience is not only supportive but interactive. They have reported on the smallest details of the day to day activities of their hero Adam Lambert. The music of Queen has been given new life and meaning and rock and roll has a new face. That energy — that action — has permeated throughout the social media landscape and it is nothing short of amazing.
This sort of activity has brought as much as 155 people a minute to my websites. This isn’t paid web traffic but real people in real time talking about their musical adoration. The fans have journalistic integrity and will engage other fans to share a growing collection of live concert photos that the mainstream media have missed. They also have included video footage of concerts and have even recreated entire concerts on Youtube. These video clips have been strung together.
Meanwhile the mainstream media has been somewhat absent. The reports in Michigan were really offbeat and flat out weird. There was very little mentioned about the Queen show with Adam Lambert at the Palace of Auburn Hills but it was hardly anything noteworthy. Who ever wrote about seemed to miss the concerts popular significance on the pop culture landscape. After reading a couple of the local press reviews I am convinced that who ever wrote them didn’t even attend the concert — which makes their observations a complete fabrication. They piss on their public. Fair enough.
In contrast, the fans have over stepped their bounds and have filled in the journalist shoes and have delivered extensive concert information from the tours various cities including New York, Chicago and Atlantic City. There have been reports on Adam Lamberts fashions, his choice of eyewear, his shopping habits, and even fan art. There has been a rebirth of rock music in the popular mainstream and major media seems to have missed that. Maybe they don’t care. After all their bread and butter comes from doing reports on local government embezzlement, closed highways and school closings…. real pedestrian fare. That would never translate into a ravenous fan base under any circumstances.
There was that lackluster review from some reporter in Las Vegas. That guy may have attended the show but he was hardly a fan. His references about the shows content was so off base that I wonder if he really even knew what the songs were about. The early references to Queen’s first three albums were spotty and misguided but carried some sense of truth. There was a fantasy element about Queen’s early work but it never defined their entire career.  There seemed to be a bit of anger behind his words. In contrast to the fans and the band, the relationship that matters most, the mainstream media was totally left out.
This set list has brought the classic rock era in tune with a pop icon of this generation to make something sensational. It’s off the charts and it is a living, breathing, dynamo that has taken off to Australia, Asia and now the tour will go back to the UK.
Queen guitarist Brian May is somewhat taken aback and was reported to have said, “I’m not going to stop until my fingers fall off !!” I take great comfort in that because watching these guys play on stage is truly magical. When you see a rock band like this come together and see it touch generations young and old is truly amazing.
The fans are oblivious to the rank reviews and half hearted attempts to stay interested. They have taken the role of reporter, video VJ,  photographer and have stepped over mainstream media and are communicating to one another — fan to fan — and don’t give a damn about what what it thinks.
That is exciting. For us. For them. For everyone.
Queen + Adam Lambert doing NOW IM HERE in Perth, Australia
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Ted Cantu – Hot Metro Finds: RIOT FEST: The Greatest 3 Day Rock Festival In The World Comes To Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – Are you ready to say goodbye to the Summer? I’m not. I’m not even close to saying goodbye to these beautiful and pleasant days. In fact, I am in denial that the whole thing is coming to an end because I just got wind of this new polar vortex. I just got through last winter and I can tell you that I am not up for another one of those. So here’s what’s what…. If I have to go through another freakin’ polar vortex — in Michigan no less – then I am going to get my butt over to Chicago to rock out with some of the greatest bands in musical history.

I have every intention of wearing myself out and overdoing it. I am going to pack in about 50 acts in three days and maybe more. Hey, I might even go to some after hour parties once I get out of the festival. Oh yeah…. The festival, I got so carried away I didn’t even tell you were I was going.

I’m going to Riot Fest 2014 in Chicago. This year it is going to be in Humboldt Park and it is going to have some of the biggest names in Alternative Rock including The Cure, Janes Addiction, Weezer, Gwar, The Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Television, The Flaming Lips, NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Gogol Bordello, The Murder City Devils, The Picture Books and the list just goes on and on. As sure as I’m standing here I am going to get as many acts in as I can.

This year’s Riot Fest is going to happen in three cities including Chicago, Toronto and Denver. The festival has been around since 2005 and it used to be held inside of selected venues but the number of people have grown over time. Now this festival is an outside event only and this year they even added carnival rides.

JANES ADDICTION
THE CURE
WEEZER
THE FLAMING LIPS
SOCIAL DISTORTION
TEGAN AND SARA
THE OFFSPRING
SAMHAIN
PAUL WELLER
CHEAP TRICK
GOGOL BORDELLO
OF MICE AND MEN
DROP KICK MURPHYS
TELEVISION
SUPERCHUNK
BLUE MEANIES
THE MURER CITY DEVILS
THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES
MUDHONEY
HOT SNAKES
THE DANDY WARHOLS
THE GET UP KIDS
CLUTCH
GWAR
BUZZCOCKS
WE CAME AS ROMANS
ALL
DESCENDANTS
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
ANDREW WK
THE PIZZA UNDERGROUND
7 SECONDS
TITLE FIGHT
THE AMERICAN SCENE
THE CROMBIES
BABY BABY
MY GOLD MASK
CHUMPED
NOFX
PUSSY RIOT
PRIMUS
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
THE NATIONAL
RISE AGAINST
BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEYBEARS
ANTI FLAG
THE PICTURE BOOKS

 

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