BMG Music Service is being discontinued

I just got the following today and it doesnt shock me as more people buy digital but it still is sad.

Dear Music Lover,

We’d like to tell you about some upcoming changes to your membership.

BMG Music Service is being discontinued as of June 30, 2009.
That doesn’t mean your music savings are coming to an end. Your savings can continue with our other service, yourmusic.com, where shipping is always free and there are no automatic shipments.

Here’s some important information regarding your current account:

  • You will receive one more Featured Selection Announcement email from us.
  • You will still be able to shop at bmgmusic.com through May 31, 2009.
  • We have discontinued our Music Points program, effective January 31, 2009. You will be able to redeem your outstanding music points through April 30, 2009.
  • You’ll have through May 31, 2009 to redeem certificates or free CDs you’ve earned.

Remember, you can still shop online at bmgmusic.com and take advantage of our great selection and prices until May 31, 2009. Please make sure you have signed up to receive emails from us so you don’t miss out on special offers and important updates. Click here to sign up.

As you can see, there will be no more BMG Music Service. Back in December they stopped taking new customers so the writing was on the wall. If you head over to http://www.bmgmusic.com/ you get a nice message that tells you plain and simple – no new customers.

As I already said, this isnt shocking, its just sad in a way.  So what is the next type of site/product to give way to 2009?

Metallica Concert Review @ Allstate in 2009

I have been to some shows but keep failing to write up any sort of review – I am trying to right the ship tonight.

So last night (Monday Jan 26, 2009) Metallica came to Chicago and rocked the house. I would comment on the opening bands but I was late getting to the show. Also I would like to point out that it was not my fault this time!!!

Chicago is cold and snowy = we get lots of snow. The past few weeks have been filled with both and the parking lot of the Allstate Arena showed it. There are usually two entrances in but for the Metallica concert there was only one – never a good sign. All you saw from the road were a few cars (Im assuming they belonged to those controlling traffic) and huge mounds of snow.

After trying two other places with no luck we got back in line to park out in the sticks (it must have been .5 miles plus). The only good side to parking in the sticks was not having to pay some huge parking fee (see my Sears Centre Review for an example).

We finally park, catch a shuttle, and get inside only to run into another problem. Why is it impossible to find a place to get banded? When you are on the floor you need wrist bands but they never tell you where to go other than the wrong place. They tell you a gate or the East Gate or the North Gate but with the lines of people for beer and food you cant see anything. Then after 20 minutes of pushing through lines you find the nice little old ladies that band your wrist.

Once banded we could enter…. the sauna that was the Allstate. As you walked towards the center stage it just got hotter and hotter and did so the entire night. It wasnt until 75% of the way through the night did it feel like they turned on the AC. Thanks to them, the heat, and me wearing a sweatshirt I just about passed out from the heat. PITA getting heat stroke is, especially when its right in the middle of Metallica playing One. Talk about bad luck.

Speaking of the music, I have found a set list that looks correct. Im not 100%, but it should be very close to what Metallica played night 1 in Chicago.

1. That Was Just Your Life
2. The End of the Line
3. Creeping Death
4. Ride the Lightning
5. One
6. Broken, Beat and Scarred
7. Cyanide
8. Sad But True
9. Wherever I May Roam
10. All Nightmare Long
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman

Encore:
16. Last Caress (Misfits cover)
17. Motorbreath
18. Seek and Destroy

Source for set.

The show itself rocked from start to finish. I think the total running time was just over 2 hours with no real breaks. They had 3 down times (including the break prior to the encore) but someone was always on and they kept them really quick.

The spot we had was on the side (it was away from the big mosh pit) and were just some 15 feet away from the stage – very cool. I wish more bands would use the stage setup that Metallica did for their concert – it was small but big. They had plenty of room to roam around, were close to the crowd, and overall just made for great fan/band interactions. Interactions like James throwing his guitar pick and my brother getting hit in the head with it – and no he didnt get it as the people around us jumped on it super fast.

So was it a good show? I have to say yes. It had everything you want from a Metallica or any rock concert:

1. Die hard fans
2. Metallica playing *$@@#$ good
3. Mosh pits were going on
4. Great light and laser show
5. Great seats (go here for Metallica Tickets – thanks guys, you saved me)
6. Coffins hanging from the ceiling
7. Easy out parking
Metallica @ allstate in chicago

I have more photos and videos that I will upload the next few days and share.

Sears Centre Review

I plan to keep this short as the venue is nothing special… but the parking? The parking is horrible. I have had to park blocks and blocks away and they still charge you an insane amount.

If you dont know where the Sears Centre is? It is some 45-50 miles outside of Chicago. Yes, it will take you a full hour and more to drive into the Loop. Yet the Sears Centre charges more for parking then they do at Wrigley Field almost.

The Rosemont Horizon… errr AllState Center charges 10-20$ for parking, yet every concert at the Sears Centre charges $20. Why? The Sears Centre is technically out in the sticks and has fields, farms, and some industrial parks around it. They still charge you, sorry, gouge you for parking.

I have started to boycott concerts there simply due to the crazy parking fees.

I would love to see the Shamrox play there, but if they charge me $20 to park there, I will simply go home.

Sorry Sears Centre, this is your Sears Centre review and you fail. Stop with the gouging for parking.

Winter Music Conference is Live on Yahoo

So I was reading on Twitter some and a tweet from Yahoo Live came through – it was for the WMC. No way? The conference I want to go to every year but always fail to plan for?

Yes, that conference. Who wouldnt want to go? Miami in March? Have you looked outside? Chicago just got more snow tonight. *shakes head in shame*

So what is Yahoo Live have to do with the WMC? Well they seem to have 2 cameras set up somewhere at the show. So now everyone can be there – in a way. Hey, its live music, who am I to complain.

The dance floor can be found @ http://live.yahoo.com/marineparade

The DJ booth where the DJ *obvious I know* and the lovely Tilly Key are entertaining the camera and chatting are live @ http://live.yahoo.com/wmclive

So go enjoy the music people and for all that is going on check out http://live.yahoo.com/evt/wmc/