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Opinion: Why disgruntledRolling Stones fans need toget a grip

Australian Rolling Stones fans today are mourning the loss of their airline tickets, frequent flyer points, commemorative ticket stubs and potential memories. Meanwhile, Mick Jagger is mourning the loss of his partner of 13 years. If you can’t see the vast discrepancy between those two experiences, then you’ve spent far too much time on social media and lost touch with what it actually means to be a human being.

This isn’t one of those typical Australian concert cancellations. You know, where the singer has a terrible case of gout and can’t fly, or there are “unforeseen circumstances”, “unavoidable recording commitments”, “various considerations, including advice from our immigration solicitor”, “unexpected international scheduling conflicts”, “circumstances beyond our control”, or the “constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of organisers”. Australia is a long long way away from the rest of the world, so it’s hardly surprising when an act pulls the pin because they forgot to renew their Valium prescription and just can’t stomach the idea of a 14-hour flight.

This isn’t one of those times.

The Stones actually arrived in Australia on Monday – and they made a really nice video to prove it. Mick even posted an image of himself on Perth beach yesterday, which The Daily Mail later used against him in the most perverse way imaginable.

The Stones (and their 177-member strong entourage) were all set to begin their “14 On Fire Tour” in Perth tonight, until the devastating news of L’Wren Scott’s death hit yesterday morning. The acclaimed fashion designer – Jagger’s girlfriend since 2001 – died from an apparent suicide in her New York apartment. A statement issued by Jagger’s spokesman shortly afterwards said the singer was “completely shocked and devastated” by the news, but if social media is anything to go by, he should’ve thought about those poor fans who organised babysitters and re-mortgaged their homes for tickets first.

“This is not good enough,” complained one enraged fan on promoter Frontier Touring’s Facebook page when a midday press conference – which was never actually confirmed to begin with – didn’t take place. Another said the promoter’s inaction was causing some serious #firstworldproblems:

Frontier eventually told fans that the Perth tour curtain-raiser had been cancelled in a statement posted a mere 17 hours after L’Wren Scott’s body was found by her assistant. But it wasn’t enough for this proud Adelaidian who was concerned that the opening of the revamped Adelaide Oval – which The Stones were reportedly paid a lot of money to headline – was in jeopardy. Won’t somebody please think of the tradies!

And then there was the guy, who lamented how “awful” it was being an “Aussie fan right now”, without really thinking about how “awful” it would be to be “Mick Jagger right now”, or “L’Wren Scott’s family and friends right now”. Not all of us have the luxury of flying across the world in a private jet, but all the champagne and lobster in the world couldn’t dull the pain of a 24-hour grief-stricken trip.

As for those complaining about Frontier Touring’s apparent inaction, did they miss the part where Mick Jagger’s partner just died? Did they just expect Michael Gudinski to barge into the Perth Hyatt and say, “Look Mick. I know you’re really sad, but Jenny from Fremantle arranged a babysitter for the show, and it’s super important we give her at least 24 hour’s notice, because she booked it through an agency and they have a $60 cancellation policy in place. $60 may be pocket change to you, Mick, but it’s a monthly Foxtel subscription for poor Jen, so can you just buck up and give us an answer already mate?”

“Did they miss the part where Mick Jagger’s partner just died?

Frontier are a world-class touring and promotions company run by an Australian music icon who has been bringing bands to Australia for the past 40 years. They’d never make a statement in haste without dotting every “i” and crossing every “t”, so why would they start now, especially with arguably their biggest tour ever at stake?

“To cancel any tour, is a logistical and insurance nightmare,” posted a friend, who has had experience working for touring companies including Frontier, on Facebook, “This is without the fact that a family member of the band has died. They have to check with the insurance company, check with the relevant venues to find availabilities, check with the management for the schedule of the band for the next 6-12 months. And that’s for an average band,” she continued, “this is the biggest band in the world.”

The tour has now been rightfully postponed, but if you truly love The Stones you’ll give them the time they need to do what’s right in these truly tragic circumstances. And I say this not as a sanctimonious journo who’s never had to pay for a ticket in his life – but as a Stones fans who’s forked out $851.24 for four tickets in the nosebleed section of their Rod Laver show. I’ll be hanging onto these tickets until a rescheduled tour is announced, and if it’s not I’ll be respectful of the fact they’re dealing with something that’s bigger than me or you. To paraphrase Mick himself, “It’s only rock’n’roll.”

RIP L’Wren.

Follow Darren on Twitter @darren_levin.

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punkybeckster

punkybeckster said on the 18th Mar, 2014

i honestly cannot believe people have actually been saying this! appalling.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 18th Mar, 2014

good god, those FB comments are some sad bullshit. Terminally ill? Are we trying to guilt Mick into performing now?

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 18th Mar, 2014

Ha ha that dude about the terminally ill is a total ding dong.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 18th Mar, 2014

I just picture Mick sadly limping around the stage, tears constantly streaming from his eyes, his concerned bandmates watching him sorrowfully from behind him, while out in the crowd, a person wrapped up in a lot of layers, with an IV and catheters, in a wheelchair, bellows "DANCE, MICK! DANCE FOR MY LOVE *cough**cough**cough*"

Eric Hitchmo

Eric Hitchmo said on the 18th Mar, 2014

loud minority over quiet majority.
yeah ok sure there were some lowlifes who need to get a grip on reality, but the vast majority of comments on facebook etc have been a) sending condolences to jagger et al and/or b) getting stuck in to the lowlifes.

Minaloy

Minaloy said on the 18th Mar, 2014

There's an excellent PR opportunity here for hotels, airlines, babysitting agencies etc to come out and say that in support of Mick Jagger and teh stones they will refund fees etc

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 19th Mar, 2014

There's also an excellent business opportunity for them to not do anything and then roll around in a big pile of money.

twojawas

twojawas said on the 19th Mar, 2014

why did you delete the names of the people who made the tasteless fb posts? they posted in a public forum so you every right to repost their name with their comment. name and shame them.

tumblingdice

tumblingdice said on the 19th Mar, 2014

i'm not mad at the band one single bit. my heart breaks for mick and l'wren's family. in fact i'm glad they decided not to go ahead with the shows pretending everything is ok.

what i'm a bit pissed about is the airlines showing no interest in helping what so ever. $800 in useless airfares hurts. no options for credits or rescheduling.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 19th Mar, 2014


what i'm a bit pissed about is the airlines showing no interest in helping what so ever. $800 in useless airfares hurts. no options for credits or rescheduling.

It sucks but this is what travel insurance and flexible fares are for.

If you buy the cheapest non-transferable, non-cancellable fare available then you are shit out of luck when something goes wrong.

Why should the airlines come to the party to help out in that situation?

Lucan

Lucan said on the 19th Mar, 2014




It is sh!t, but that's a condition attached to some of the budget flights. Am always in two minds when they offer the insurance option too. Is a risk people choose to take.

Lucan

Lucan said on the 19th Mar, 2014

May as well travel to whichever city you're booked for and have a mini-holiday. Do some sight-seeing, go check out a pub/club band while you're there.

Plain Views

Plain Views said on the 19th Mar, 2014

I'm just glad Dazza was able to make sense of it all. Society as a whole needs to model itself to be more like Dazza. Dazza is a top bloke. Poor old Mick shouldn't need to be defended but I'm glad Dazza is on top of the situation.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 19th Mar, 2014

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjDmIpQCEAA-nNy.jpg

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 19th Mar, 2014

First mistake was listening to Triple M

Pandy

Pandy said on the 19th Mar, 2014

look at this woman comments on frontier fb page. i am so disgusted by her comments. shocking woman!
lorraine lazzar: i dont agree he would be a a-hole. as you get older, people dying is a reality in life and as there is absolutely nothing he can do for her right now, he might as well get on with whatever he has to get on with while waiting for funeral arrangements.

lorraine lazzar: i also went to work the day my father died and was buried because i had obligations to my employer. not everyone falls into a heap.

lorraine lazzar so people dying isn't a reality of life? i got on a plane to japan while my husband's 80yr mother in hospital from cancer surgery. i don't wish anything bad to her but we shouldn't stop living and working just because bad things happen.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 19th Mar, 2014

The moral of all three of those cool story, bro's, is that Lorraine is kind of a bitch, rather than anything about Mick.

Pandy

Pandy said on the 19th Mar, 2014

i am so shocked @gumbouy. how selfish, heartless, disrespectul and so cruel of her. how can she just expect mick to get on with it is just beyond me.

bron310165

bron310165 said on the 19th Mar, 2014

thank you darren, commonsense and empathy prevails.

Sarahhh

Sarahhh said on the 19th Mar, 2014

i feel horrible for mick and understand their decision to cancel. i probably would have done the same thing in that situation. however, it is still disappointing, but at least promoters seem to be doing a great job working on the re-schedule. i'm just pissed off that l'wren could be selfish enough to do such a thing, not just for the tour's sake, but for mick especially when he's so far away in australia. as i said, i feel bad for mick but no sympathy at all for her.

dd22qq

dd22qq said on the 19th Mar, 2014

i really don't think there's been any significant amount of complaining from ticket holders to justify this type of article.

and most of it has been expressions of disappointment directed at the tour company rather than band members themselves.

there'll always be the odd tasteless and insensitive remark made about any topic, but as far as articles of substance go, there's not really much to see here.

dd22qq

dd22qq said on the 19th Mar, 2014

i really don't think there's been any significant amount of complaining from ticket holders to justify this type of article.

and most of it has been expressions of disappointment directed at the tour company rather than band members themselves.

there'll always be the odd tasteless and insensitive remark made about any topic but most fans have been pretty understanding, and as far as articles of substance go, there's not really much to see here.

voltroneyes

voltroneyes said on the 19th Mar, 2014

this article is ridiculous and pathetic. you have actively taken a dive to the bottom of the barrel in search of the worst possible examples of humanity, scraped some shit and tried to present it like it's something common place that you're appalled by.

next you should go to the stormfront forums and use some comments you find there for an article about how you're sick of all the nazis everywhere.

Helen Back

Helen Back said on the 19th Mar, 2014

haha. the old "conflicting scheduling commitments" excuse. love that one. how do bands double-book a tour really? code for "got a better offer" for sure.

meanwhile stones/frontier have a proper reason for postponing. let's give it a rest, and flood the forums and fb with some heart & soul from australia instead. which i think for the most part we have been. the few whingers need to 'write a letter' instead of www public fb posts. it's embarrassing.

foxtrotoscar

foxtrotoscar said on the 19th Mar, 2014

have to agree @voltroneyes, the comments complaining about the stones cancellation are just voicing disappointment & using the opportunity to make some jokes/digs e.g. mortgaging the house to buy tkts. thing about the internet is that you can just write stuff you don't mean, that someone will take offence about, or that someone with an equally sick sense of humour can appreciate. i hope they reschedule soon before one of them... um retires.

Sarahhh

Sarahhh said on the 20th Mar, 2014

she could have waited until after the tour.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 20th Mar, 2014





You should use magenta text if you're meant to be interpreted as sarcastic. Because if you're not being sarcastic, well, good lord.

ksharpe777

ksharpe777 said on the 20th Mar, 2014

good lord sarahhh, your comments are appalling. i hope you never have to deal with a family member taking their own life. it couldn't possibly be an act of desperation, a troubled soul in trouble, you'd just say they were selfish. get a grip!!

Sarahhh

Sarahhh said on the 20th Mar, 2014

yes, ksharpe, i do think it's a selfish act she did (not mick or the band, i feel for them and understand the decision to cancel). but for her to do this, especially when he's all the way in australia of all places (can't get much further away) - obviously it was going to upset him and cause him to have to return all the way back, not to mention all the media attention it has brought to him that must be horrible at this time, i do think this was a selfish thing for her to do. i think she was only thinking of herself, and not thinking about how this would affect mick, the band and other people close to her.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 20th Mar, 2014



What the fuck is WRONG with you.

Sarahhh

Sarahhh said on the 20th Mar, 2014

there is nothing wrong with me morningafterboy, apart from being angry that this bitch could be so selfish.

Sarahhh

Sarahhh said on the 20th Mar, 2014

not a troll, i can assure you. just opinionated when i feel strongly about topics.

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 20th Mar, 2014

Suicide apologists, really?

JE Merrick

JE Merrick said on the 21st Mar, 2014

great article. should he have done the show with that hanging over him there would have been complaints that mick 'wasn't really into it'.

death_has_2_eyes

death_has_2_eyes said on the 25th Mar, 2014



would just like to quote that how would you feel if someone close to you suffered the same faith. would you just say it's ok, i will just forget about it for now and do what i need to do, then come back to it!. come on people's have a heart, don't be so hard about a ticket, you got your money back, and they are coming back. and i am sure that it will be a bigger and better concert .