Most people know that Tunes Online sells videogames, CDs, iPods, iPhones, lap top computers and all kinds of other electronics. But many people don’t know we also sell tickets to concerts and special events.
Recently, we helped folk rock band Mumford & Sons kick off the American leg of its tour in Hoboken. The band is scheduled to play U.S. dates through August and into September.
Mumford & Sons played at Pier A Park on August 1 to about 15,000 people. It was a great show for folk rock fans and fans of the band, in general, and it marked the first major rock show to be staged at the park.
Next month, the band will release its second album, called “Babel” on the Glassnote label. At the concert, they opened with a song called “Lovers Eyes,” which is among the songs on “Babel.”
Touring is a tough element of building fans and becoming more successful for artists and bands. Most bands don’t make huge profits by touring, because the expenses can be overwhelming. Many bands actually lose money on tour, and their record companies expect it. The point of touring is to generate a bigger fan base, which will then buy the music, and that’s where the money is made.
Gene Simmons of KISS once told a joke about a band that was struggling to make it on the road. The band’s manager was upset that the band was losing money on every single show it played – and it was playing on the road constantly. One of the band members replied, “Yes, but we’re making up for it in volume.”
If the August 1 show was any indicator, Mumford & Sons isn’t facing the kind of situation Simmons joked about. And we were happy to have had a hand in helping the band kick off its tour with a big audience to enjoy its music.
The band was scheduled to play a total of 16 shows, all of them at smaller venues in places such as Laramie, Wyo.; Dixon, Ill.; and Canadaigua, N.Y. For the Hoboken show, that city was expected to get $2 for each ticket sold. The money will be used to pay for free events down the line.
The New York Times reported that Hoboken residents had 500 tickets reserved for them and that the tickets, which cost $55 each, sold out in one day.
Mumford & Sons gained a lot of notice and popularity with their single called “The Cave,” which was released in 2010. The band’s songs are mostly about romance and love and sin and redemption with plenty of biblical imagery. Like any band, they’ve had to walk that fine line between staying true to their musical roots while delivering a sound many people will like.
Tunes Online wants to wish Mumford & Sons all the luck in the world. While we sell videogames, this band will hopefully be selling out venues. You can visit their website here.
And you can continue to count on us to be the first stop for people who want to sell videogames, DVDs, LP records, CDs, guitars and all kind of other electronics. Check out our website to learn more.