The Police, Genesis sell out shows in minutes

I'm easily confused, at least that's what everyone tells me. I know most of life is about supply and demand, but it makes no sense to me at all for The Police and Genesis to schedule just one concert at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

I'm easily confused, at least that's what everyone tells me.

I know most of life is about supply and demand, but it makes no sense to me at all for The Police and Genesis to schedule just one concert at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Police show sold out in 30 minutes, while the Genesis concert took a whole 45 minutes.

These two bands should have added at least one more Cleveland date to their tour intinerary. There's money to be made there and more fans would have the chance to see the bands.

With all the Internet, special promotion and fan-club presales, there were about 12 tickets left to the general public by the time they went on sale.

The bands must be thinking this "We don't really want to be in Cleveland any longer than we have to, so let's make ticket prices about $200 so we make all the money we would have over two nights."

Yes, I know that theory is flawed.

Why can't bands play Jacobs Field or Cleveland Browns Stadium? Oh yeah, field and stadium officials want the grass to look nice when the Yankees come to town or when opposing defenders chase Browns' quarterbacks all over the field.

Anyway, Genesis without Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett isn't really Genesis at all.

Back on Earth, I watched the new Bond film, "Casino Royale" with new Bondsman Daniel Craig.

Must say the flick was pretty good. There was decent action and no gadgetry. Craig plays Bond how he was orginally written, as kind of a dark character.

But the real movie I watched was "The Departed."

This movie starring Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen made 2 1/2 hours fly by.

It's based on organized crime in Boston and how the crime bosses, their henchmen and the police are often indistinguishable.

It's no surprise that Nicholson is excellent. He's great in everything he does.

It was good to see "The Departed" get Best Picture and for director Martin Scorcese to earn the Best Director award.

Scorcese's movies, including "The Aviator," "Good Fellas" and "After Hours" are all top-notch.

I'm keeping the concert information to a minimum for now because next month we will dedicate a Reflections page to the summer concert season.