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December 06 2004

James Marsters official album launch party and concert. "James will be talking about his album, offering a signed copy of the CD to all ticket holders and also performing in concert." Only 180 tickets at 75GBP are for sale for this event.

He is officially launching his debut solo album album in the UK with a special evening in the intimate surroundings of St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry.

For the benefit of our American posters, £75 is about $145. Which is just a little bit pricey for a concert in my book.
More than just a concert though it sounds like a talk and a signing as well . I've booked just hoping I was fast enough on the button
Damn, that is extremely expensive. I have to be honest I wouldn't pay that much for a talk, signed cd and concert from anyone. In fact in the small venues that James is playing most bands come out after they've played and will sign your cds for free and happily chat with anyone who's still there.
Me neither Paul_Rocks. It would have been nice to have gone and seen him, but frankly i dont have the money.
standard gigs on the tour seem to be £15 or £17 and there are still a few of them to be announced, plus of course the Shakespeare reading .So there are still opportunities for a cheaper experience . This event is limited to 160 tickets and I guess ,judging by the ammount of people who were waiting on line to book ,they won't have any problem selling out pretty darned fast.
Don't forget people paid 299GBP for Halloween event to see him and that was 800+ people at that. So I don't think it will be that difficult to sellout.
Where do fans get all their money, and can I have some?!?! :)
Dammit, I work in Coventry, and it was sold out by the time I saw this.

To be fair, the Guildhall is a gorgeous location, even more beautiful than the picture on the site suggests. My school did "Dido and Aeneas" there a few years ago - and they charged us a fair amount for the privilege, as well as making a lot of restrictions on size of audience and so on. It won't have the atmosphere of a rock concert, that's for sure!
It's now listed as Sold Out

less than three hours after going on sale

and Rogue as to the money I don't know about anyone else but I work for it due to my failure to find a rich sugar daddy or win the lottery :)
If I ever find one or buy the winning ticket you can have some of the proceeds

seriously though this is my Christmas present :)
I'm hardly believing it but it's SOLD OUT. In 3 hours ! Wow.

ETA : debw beat me to it.
Wow. Anyone remember going to James' solo performances at 14 Below in Santa Monica in the late 1990s? I'd say those were maybe $20.00 at the most. Those were the days, eh? :)
Wow. Anyone remember going to James' solo performances at 14 Below in Santa Monica in the late 1990s? I'd say those were maybe $20.00 at the most. Those were the days, eh? :)

Well, maybe he'll do more of that for his US fans in the future. Just a nice, quiet gig versus an 'event'.

I wonder myself why he's doing the whole launch in the UK. Just seems more easy and practical to kick off a tour in LA. Of course, the pound is doing better than the dollar, so maybe it's purely a financial decision to do a lot of events in the UK. With the rate of the pound and Euro right now, James should really soak up all the European dates he can get in!
Yes but as people keep saying, this isn't just a gig. The gigs are still very cheap (less than the band gigs on the 2003 tour, if I recall). This is all about options- we have the choice to go the whole hog or do whatever suits us otherwise.

I'm going- the venue is fabulous, the talk about the album is a rare event and I have the money because I earn it, not that it's anyone elses business. Judging by the fact that it sold out in under three hours, I'd guess 179 other people felt the same way.
and Rogue as to the money I don't know about anyone else but I work for it due to my failure to find a rich sugar daddy or win the lottery :)


I work too! Maybe a better question is, where do fans get these awesome, high-paying jobs?! :) But I'm still working on that lottery thing myself!

Actually, it's more likely just a priority thing. We do put back some money for fun fan things, but sadly, most of my money goes to paying off my college and wedding debts!
But I can't honestly say if I didn't have those debts that I would consider things like this worth my hard-earned money. And no, I'm not telling people how to spend their own money. Like I said, different people have different priorities. I've seen James sing and give Q&A's and whatnot, so I'm less likely to jump at this kind of stuff. Just a personal preference. Everybody's got their something, as the song goes.
"I have the money because I earn it, not that it's anyone elses business."

Ouch! Somebody got up at the wrong side of the bed this morning or something? A sense a steep loss of a sense of humor.

Anyway, I think James is probably indeed taking advantage of the crappy state of the dollar, hehe. Like many others. And yes it sounds expensive for a concert to me too, but here in the US I've been amazed at how expensive concert tickets are. A Prince or a Madonna ask hundreds of dollars for a ticket. Really a bit much.
"Just seems more easy and practical to kick off a tour in LA"

The site says it is the UK launch. It doesn't claim to be the worldwide launch.
More than 179 , the wails of despair are already starting from those who missed out. And even those of us who have booked don't yet know for certain if we were fast enough ( I'm hoping that my 8 minutes from site update to confirmation was speedy enough)

And I agree with Vanity if you want to see a gig why not get one of the very reasonably priced and numerous gig tickets that are available? This was marketed as an exclusive event and is priced accordingly . If you wanted to go and could afford it why the hell not jump at the chance? And as to price a total take of £13,500 isn't going to clear a massive profit when you take into account what the overheads for something like this must be.
The venue is absolutely gorgeous!
Once again I feel like one either has to be made of money or live in England (or both) to ever see Mister James in a solo performance. Oh, well. If I had the resources, I think I would actually rather go to this than a con (to which I've never been) because the number of attendees doesn't seem so overwhelming. And did I mention the venue is beautiful? I hope everything goes swimmingly for him. And that Whedonesquers are their usual generous selves and tell the rest of us what it was like. Perhaps he could dedicate a song to those of us with our noses pressed up against the glass... ;-)
Actually, it's more likely just a priority thing. We do put back some money for fun fan things, but sadly, most of my money goes to paying off my college and wedding debts! Rogue Slayer


Well I've been married twenty odd years and out of college even longer so those days are behind me ( yep I'm old)

For most of my life I couldn't afford these things .. now I have a certain leeway .. This week is going to be part of my years holiday a road trip with friends some gigs some fun . I'm not going to be the richest corpse in the graveyard but this is something I want to do, can afford to do and thus am doing . everyone else will no doubt make their judgements and descisions based on their circumstances and interests. For example I probably wouldn't ever be able to justify the cost of travelling to a US con but this is on my home turf is do-able and looks like fun to me .
That should be a really nice event. Not surprized it sold out so quick.

St Mary's Guidhall is a gorgeous, historic and very interesting place without James Marsters.

Pitch: "It'll be like a rock 'n' roll history lesson for architecture-loving fangurls!"

Question is what will draw the most ooh's and ahh's from the crowd? The medieval surroundings, the music, the celebrity chat and autographs or JM's ever-snappy dress sense and surprizingly attractive buzzcut?
The site says it is the UK launch. It doesn't claim to be the worldwide launch.

Well, since it's the first concert of his new album anywhere, I'd say it basically *is* the worldwide launch. I mean, you have to start somewhere! :) I'm sure they'll do dates in other places too, but they seem to launching it in the UK first. I'm really hoping they can hit some countries that don't usually get things like this. We're pretty lucky in the US and UK.

For example I probably wouldn't ever be able to justify the cost of travelling to a US con but this is on my home turf is do-able and looks like fun to me .

Hey, even living in the US, the cons here aren't always affordable!

JM's ever-snappy dress sense and surprizingly attractive buzzcut?

*snicker* ;~P
Actually he is doing a concert at the convention in Houston in the beginning of April and selling his album there so I guess that could be concidered the US launch party.
Actually he is doing a concert at the convention in Houston in the beginning of April and selling his album there so I guess that could be concidered the US launch party.

You're right, so his official launch is actually in Texas, not the UK. I stand corrected. But I do hope he gets around to The Knitting Factory or 14 Below at some point. And hopefully an acoustic gig might keep away(or at least keep quiet) the screaming hoard of fangirls. I'd like to be able to hear him!
Rogue Slayer, I doubt that an acoustic gig would keep the screaming fangirls away. They started to show up in droves towards the end of his appearances at 14 Below, and it made the experience a lot less fun (I resigned myself to drinking at the bar instead). Afterwards, James would usually sign autographs and pose for photos outside, but that mob scene got progressively worse with each appearance. In fact, I recall one instance where someone touched or pinched his bum and he wanted to know who had done that.
Rogue Slayer, I doubt that an acoustic gig would keep the screaming fangirls away. They started to show up in droves towards the end of his appearances at 14 Below, and it made the experience a lot less fun (I resigned myself to drinking at the bar instead). Afterwards, James would usually sign autographs and pose for photos outside, but that mob scene got progressively worse with each appearance. In fact, I recall one instance where someone touched or pinched his bum and he wanted to know who had done that.

Ah, bummer. I should have figured. That's all well and good for rock concerts, but acoustic sets should be subdued and mellow. I'm thinking Giles playing at the coffee house. :)

As for the bum touching...not that that's not appealing, but he's a complete stranger, for God's sake! Would we expect any non-celeb to put up with that?? Truly, if someone touched me inappropriately, I'd deck them! He's a human who deserves the same respect we'd give anyone else.
Well there was no screaming girlie problem at Halloween and it was a nice mellow acoustic set . I rather think and hope that all that stuff went more with the GOTR tours I 'm sure that the Coventry gig will be fine , as to the bigger gigs we shall see ( but the first person to squeal " get yer shirt off" will be on the recieving end of my best withering glare)
Does anybody know how the crowd acted at the Halloween event? That was acoustic and I don't think I've heard ANYONE complain about behavior/screaming etc. (I heard very few complaints at all, and the few there were tended to be about the restroom facilities or lack thereof) Actually in my limited GOTR experience, even in a rock setting it wasn't screaming so much as the "need" for many to be right up front and center at the stage (aside from the almost obligatory, "take off your shirt!" nonsense).

ETA: Thanks debW, I was typing my question at the same time you were posting, I just took longer!

I think he's shown tons of restraint as far as people grabbing his behind (I know that reportedly that's why he does the photos shoots sitting down), If some stranger grabbed mine I'd probably turn around and deck the closest person, culprit or not, I'd also not be too thrilled with someone yelling at me to remove my clothing, not much respect if you ask me.

That definitely was a pricey ticket, small crowd though, and sounds like an awesome place. I would imagine it will be quite fun. I'm sure there will be shows in the U.S. and imagine most will coincide with any stateside Cons unless they are in L.A.

[ edited by Gracie on 2004-12-07 00:07 ]
I work too! Maybe a better question is, where do fans get these awesome, high-paying jobs?! :)

Yeah, right?

I work my bum off, but I don't make much money doing it. And that's with an advanced degree! :P

Seems like I'll never be able to afford to see him in person... not that I ever have the chance, living in Florida and all... Except for the occasional Vulkon in Tampa.

Pardon my grumbling. Feeling slightly resentful of my relative poverty. It'll pass. Eventually. :)
Well - Living in the East Coast of the US we don't seem to get as many opportunities to see James perform. I hope he does some dates in New Jersey or New York City (not Long Island as it is such a bear to travel there).

Seems like you guys in England have all the fun :)
Seems like you guys in England have all the fun :)

That's very true. I swear, it's like a non-stop party. With scones.
I don't think the screaming girlies could afford halloween, which was a bonus for me. The set was great and the crowd were relaxed and seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully this will be the same. He is doing at least one fairly large rock venue, but I think the 'band' fans who followed them this year (and last year) and had to get up front at every gig were much more of a problem.

Anyone girly screaming this year will look silly. As well as have to take the brunt of a whole audiences hard stares :) It's harder to be an anonymous screamer at a quiet gig.
It could also be that James concert at Halloween was the last event of the day - so it could be because of a level of exhaustion after the entire days activities quelled the screaming of anyones that may have been present.
That's very true. I swear, it's like a non-stop party. With scones.

Yes, but definitely not blueberry scones.
I've just had my ticket confirmed. I've never been to a con or a gig before, so it will be my first time seeing James live. I couldn't afford the Halloween event and most of the gigs are too far away for me. As this is practically on my doorstep, it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. I can't wait! :)
Come on Rogue Slayer, fess up, it was you who pinched his bum! ;^)
Come on Rogue Slayer, fess up, it was you who pinched his bum! ;^)

sssshhh... ;~P
Well - Living in the East Coast of the US we don't seem to get as many opportunities to see James perform.

Boy! And howdy! Try living in North Carolina, where pretty much every significant BtVS/AtS/FF/Joss-related event is held at a distance roughly equivalent to a million miles away.

Congratulations to everyone who gets to see JM at this cool venue, and please, do take pity on the rest of us and report back with all the thrilling details. :)
Wiseblood, mebbe' we need to gather a mess'o people together inorder ta' celebrate the Joss Whedon Experience. Surely the fact that we're all backwoods hicks won't stop the more famous cons from visitin' the area. Our money still spends ok, after all.
Oh, my God, what I would give to be able to travel across the Pond and get all the sights you English people get to see.
”I think he's shown tons of restraint as far as people grabbing his behind (I know that reportedly that's why he does the photos shoots sitting down), If some stranger grabbed mine I'd probably turn around and deck the closest person, culprit or not, I'd also not be too thrilled with someone yelling at me to remove my clothing”

What is wrong with people? While I still think this gig is relatively expensive and the Halloween Event was even more so, I think there wouldn’t be enough money in the world to make me have patience with some fan(atics) behavior. And he can’t really put his foot down too hard about it because then things would go from “sweetie James” to “miserable, unfriendly bastard James”. I can’t for the life of me understand why certain people take advantage of his accassibility with wandering hands or rude demands. I hope they remember that despite the openess and charm, he is still a complete stranger.
Whew! Now I’m off to ask Santa if he can bring James to the East Coast.
Wiseblood: "Boy! And howdy! Try living in North Carolina, where pretty much every significant BtVS/AtS/FF/Joss-related event is held at a distance roughly equivalent to a million miles away."

I grew up in North Carolina (Winston-Salem) and and it seemed there was never anything interesting going on within driving distance. We moved to Key West, FL before BtVS aired and we didn't get the WB down there, so I didn't even hear of BtVS or Angel until we moved to Northern Virginia four years ago.

Now, at least, I do have access to 3 airports within a reasonable distance if I want to go somewhere interesting. One of these days I'm going to have to go to one of these UK events. I'm feeling left out, too.
"...I think there wouldn’t be enough money in the world to make me have patience with some fan(atics) behavior. And he can’t really put his foot down too hard about it because then things would go from “sweetie James” to “miserable, unfriendly bastard James”..."

No doubt, Bloodflowers. If he were to actually get angry he'd instantly be labeled an unapproachable bastard by the very same folks who fondled him in the first place.

At one show I attended in L.A. my friends and I were standing outside by the side of the building after the show waiting for the traffic to lighten up. He actually came outside and it looked like he was trying to at least help the other guys load the equipment up. Several people near us ran up to the wall (we were a level down from him and separated by a chain link fence and a wheelchair lift) and started yelling at him. He ended up having to go back inside. My friends and I turned our backs on the whole thing to show it wasn't us being annoying. I'm sure it made him LOOK standoffish because he had to duck back inside to avoid being pestered. It probably also made it LOOK like the other guys did all the work. I'm sure these same folks can't understand why they can't just approach him like anyone else on the street.

It was ironic because he had joked about that very thing during the show, about "being a star who had to go to their trailer, that he didn't have time for this" sort of thing (Paraphrased that, can't remember the wording exactly). It just sort of showed me that the fan(atics) actually force stars to turn into something unapproachable. I've heard time and time again that Europeans are way more laid back about such things than Americans tend to be and it allows the more famous to move around more freely when in Europe. BOY, I hope so! Sometimes it's embarrassing to be an American. It makes me wonder if that's part of the reason events in Europe seem to go "better" than the ones in the U.S. I tend to hear a lot less complaints. Maybe in the U.S. we just expect too much for too little?

[ edited by Gracie on 2004-12-07 21:02 ]
Wiseblood, mebbe' we need to gather a mess'o people together inorder ta' celebrate the Joss Whedon Experience.

Perhaps, aver, perhaps... I see you're from Raleigh. I was born there and know that town well. Maybe all the NC Browncoats could get together there for a Serenity opening-weekend viewing?

I mean, shoot. We know how to act right, like civilized folk and all, at the picture show. I promise I won't even spit chewin' tobaccer on nobody durin' the screening. *p-tooey*

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