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Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2009 10:00 pm

The concert that didn't happen: The recent news that the city of Lodi successfully signed George Thorogood & The Destroyers for a July 24 concert reminded us of the last time someone had booked a show at the Grape Bowl. Back in 2003, the Lodi Chamber of Commerce had secured the country band Lonestar for an August performance.

Pat Patrick, the chamber's president and CEO, recalls that the concert was intended to reinvigorate the stadium as a music venue and serve as a fundraiser for the chamber. However, about a month before the concert, the chamber came to realize that with the city's rental fee, concession costs and lackluster ticket sales the concert just wasn't going to cover its costs.

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4 comments:

  • posted at 5:04 pm on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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    Cog, the Galt resident calling me a Hillbilly? Seriously, ok two hits now that you've named his more popular songs; Bad to the Bone, and One Bourbon... Wouldn't that count as "glorified one-hit-wonder." Yes, I too think the rock acts will be a FAR better draw. However, at this point and time, considering the condition of the venue, Lodi will only attract acts on "the latter years of their careers," aka those on the County Fair Circuit (case in point: Bret Michaels in Stockton this week).

     
  • posted at 3:58 pm on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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    Whoa Nellie, let's count, "Move it on Over" (1), "Who do You Love" (2), "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (3), "You Talk Too Much" (4), "Born to be Bad" (5), "I Drink Alone" (6), and "Bad to the Bone" (7). One hit wonder? Since I have never owner a GT record, or known anyone who owned one who played it around me, one can only surmise that I've heard those songs, and become familiar with them on the radio. They probably just don't play them on the hillbilly stations you probably listen to.

     
  • posted at 11:36 am on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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    Weez- no, it just means there are more older folks in their 30s - 50s who will want to see GT, a glorified one-hit-wonder.I'd love the opportunity to read the contract on this venture just to read the cancellation clauses.

     
  • posted at 4:55 am on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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    ...lackluster ticket sales for Lonestar?If there is a decent crowd at the George Thorogood concert, that means Lodi wants rock acts, not country.

     
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