Friday, August 10, 2007

Unrest in Keith Urban's Monkeyville

Members of Keith Urban’s fan club have been desperately attempting to make known to Fan Club management and Keith Urban’s management their dissatisfaction with the present state of the Fan Club. Unlike most businesses who receive consumer complaints, it appears Monkeyville and Keith’s management is turning a deaf ear to the complaints made by Fan Club members regarding dissatisfaction with the fan club.

For your $24.99/per year membership fee the fan club member is to receive the following benefits:

Exclusive Video Footage: Most of this is a 2-3 minute video where Keith reads from just about the same script for every venue thanking people for showing up to the show. These exclusive videos are blatantly designed as advertisements for the next tour dates. Some of the membership thought the KU Tube footage was Keith’s way of reaching out to his fan club members. As soon as this was expressed on the Fan Club boards Keith took a break from taping and updating the KU Tube Footage.
Photo Galleries: These photo galleries are professional photos you can find on the internet if you know how to look for them. These photos eventually end up in magazine publication or for use in publicity. Thus, these photo galleries are not exclusive to the fan club.
News and Tour Dates: This is a joke most of the time I get my news through google alerts before anything is published on the site. What is ironic is that Nicole Kidman’s fan site has more up to date information regarding Keith Urban then his own fan site. As to Tour Dates, I have them from Pollstar usually a week before anything appears on this site.
Ticket Pre-Sales: If the Fan Club Pre-sales go through Ticketmaster then you’re going to pull up nosebleed seats. The only decent tickets I got through a Monkeyville pre-sale, were GA tickets to the Red Rocks concert in 2005 which were sold through Ticketmaster or from a ticket vendor other then Ticketmaster in 2006. There are some fan club members who will tell you that Keith nor his management can do anything about this, the problem has to do with Ticketmaster. I say they are naive.

Brad Paisley’s Fan Club which is also run by Echo had similar problems with Ticketmaster which are listed below:

1. Problems logging on and using the passwords to get tickets - some missed getting tickets because the passwords didn't work etc.

2. Poor seats - if they asked for two tickets - they were in section six at the back of the arena. Some found that they could get closer seats if they got an individual one, but generally nothing like what they'd been able to get through the fan club.

3. In some cases, they couldn't tell what seats they got...just had to take the seats they were assigned and wait for TM to send them to them, and hope they were decent.

The majority of complaining was the quality of the seats compared to what they'd been getting from the FC and being locked out from ordering seats because of the system not taking passwords etc...

In response to these complaints Mr. Paisley’s fan club sent out this e-mail to all fan club members:

Hey Guys! Thank you to everyone who has shared their thoughts and experiences on the VIP ticketing process through Ticketmaster! Based on your feedback, we have decided to resume VIP ticketing through BradPaisley.com while Ticketmaster revamps their ticketing process to better suit our needs. This means on the day of a VIP ticket sale, all you need to do is go to the Tour Page and click on the VIP ticketing icon! From there you will enter your credit card information and the tickets will be held for you on the night of the show at Will Call under the name on your Fan Club Membership. Each member may purchase up to two (2) tickets per show… and you may buy tickets to as many shows as you wish. There may be a few shows that we are unable to do ticketing for, but we’ll do our best to keep those to a minimum! And, as before, ticket prices will be determined by the venue and include a handling fee to cover the costs of credit card processing, etc.Again, we appreciate your feedback and patience… VIP ticketing is a benefit of being a loyal Brad Paisley Fan and we want your ticketing buying experience to be painless and fun!! Please keep an eye on the TOUR page for all the latest updates! Thanks for your support, BradPaisley.com Administrators

Nice to know that they listened to the fans and are taking care of them. So I’d say the lousy ticket selection has everything to do with the Fan Club and Keith’s management and nothing to do with it just being a Ticketmaster thing. Ticketmaster couldn’t shaft the fan club members without Keith’s help.
Meet and Greet Opportunities: Yes, there are meet and greet opportunities, (called the Keith Urban Backstage Experience because you probably won't get to "meet" him) but most Fan Clubs offer more then the number KU does. For example Rascal Flatts fan club offers 35 meet and greets per show. As opposed to the 8 BSE passes awarded via lottery by Monkeyville.
Community Boards: Yes, you have the opportunity to post on the community boards, as long as you agree with everyone, because if you state an original opinion which doesn't follow the line of stating Monkeyville is a wonderful place, then you run the risk of having your post deleted and yourself placed on mime status. Also you have to remember that you cannot post anything that you do not wish a 10 year old or a Catholic Nun to read. Basically all commentary must be “G” rated. The deletion of whole threads happens on a regular basis at Monkeyville, these deletions occur if you complain about lack of up to date information provided by the fan club; problems with the fan club ticket presales; or just stating disappointment that Keith cancelled a concert for which tickets had already been purchased.
Exclusive Contests: Yes, they have contests, most of which have to do with how much you are willing to embarrass yourself in the pursuit of promoting Keith to the general public.

Keith’s disconnection with the Fans has become obvious and it is my opinion that he is feeling the effect of this disconnection in the lack of sell outs on this tour. Just last week Keith had two nights of shows in Green Bay, Wisconsin in a facility which held only 5000 seats. I assume the reason they scheduled two nights at this particular venue was because the venue was so small and because on the prior tour there was a demand for a second show. It has been reported by a fan in attendance both nights that there were still a lot of empty seats in the venue, that there really isn’t a bad seat in the house, that even being in the very back of the venue would have had an awesome view. This same fan reported that one of her friends bought tickets the day of the second night and was in like row 13 on the floor (but outside aisle). Mind you, she didn't get them from the venue, but a ticket center in Green Bay, and only paid $60 each. This is just another indication of Fan dissatisfaction with Mr. Urban. In 2005, those row 13 seats would have fetched in excess of $100 a piece on the secondary market. Now some of the seats in the venues are being sold by the ticket brokers at below cost.

It is my prediction that if Keith does not do something to fix the problems that exist within the fan club and does not make an effort to reconnect with his fans, not only will Monkeyville membership continue to dwindle, but also Keith’s career may.

35 comments:

doublewide said...

absolutely spot on!!!! excellent blog!

maclen said...

I know I found it hilarious when I was checking the urban message board after he had canceled the european gigs, on minute they were up, next sec they were gone! There is a huge distinction between a celebs offical fan site and someone's personal opinion blog... as Ive mentioned here before... I'm sure even to devoted fans, talk is cheap, and to top it off, charging fans only to allow someone to delete their thoughts from the boards is not a very smart way to build goodwill. And no doubt, I wouldnt expect him to learn that lesson from the new missus, as she is lacking in any capability of building a decent fanbase of support for her career. So this just shows another weakness he must try and overcome.

Urban Myths said...

Maclen, you are always so spot on with your understanding of this "relationship"... It amazes me because you are here NOT because of Keith, but your disdain for Ms. Kidman... thanks for everything you add to this blog...

If she is intent on building her "fanbase" from Keith fans, she has only succeeded in gaining new fans for Keith that only go to see HIM because of HER. Once the union is finito, they will abandon him faster than you can blink.

hesaweiner said...

Like any business, echo is responsible to it's consumers. They are a real business. So I am sure many can complain to the better business bureau online and it would have some effect. I just don't think many think to take that route. But, if echo doesn't want to listen and take action from complaints of paying consumers, and obviously they don't..The mass complaints at BBB might be one avenue to ponder.


The Better Business Bureau system has made it fast and easy for people to file complaints. We take complaints involving all types of businesses - online, offline, BBB member, non-member. We also accept complaints against charities and non-profit organizations. We primarily handle complaints relating to marketplace transactions, including advertising claims.



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maclen said...

Hey Urban Myths, how you doing? YOur very welcome, i'm obviously very happy to contribute to your blog... you mention my distain for kidman... interesting enough, I didnt always feel that way about her. Not being a Cruise fan, I of course remember watching and seeing him at awards shows, and of course with kidman, who i never really noticed...but when cruise divorced her in 2001, naturally I felt a little symthathy for her. But that only lasted about a year...when she sort of magically became the toast of hollywood, I wondered why? Of course it was out of industry sympathy, they love a happy ending. Certainly her cinematic attempts didnt warrant all that acclaim. And I just became fed up and iritated with her obvious milking over the split, and her continuous saturation of public and professional grief counseling...and that is the mistake urban has made, he's bought into the perception that tying his boat to her's will somehow magically quarantee smooth sailing. He looked to be on a course to be the toast of Nashville, now he simply looks like another underling looking to soothe the whims of a seemingly desperate and aging hollywood actress.

doublewide said...

i didn't have disdain for the woman til she wrecked keith's life. now my disdain is thru the roof. before she hooked up with keith i thought she is just another actress who cannot act, and somehow (i cannot fathom) won an oscar. she just put on a fake nose and called herself ugly for that one. i think keith is so misguided and lost right now.

but back to the subject, his fanclub is a joke. i went to 2 shows. there wasn't a decent ticket to be found for the first show and i got lucky and had a seat near the catwalk for the second show. the ticket sales for this tour have been a frustration for many. and the fact that NKU worship site has info before keith's official site is just plain WRONG.....

and maclen, i agree with urban myths. having you around here has been enlightening and downright comical at times. you have really contributed to this blog!

maclen said...

Well hey doublewide, thanks, but your no slouch yourself, if i must say, you give as good as you get...
Its just a pet peeve I have, and if I can just add my two cents to help warn the urban fans in what way he is vulnerable to manipulation and bad advice, it may save a little disapointment and wasted money...
Take this article, which is pretty sad, if true, that just further shows the non concern and disregard kidman may have...this article...

http://www.startribune.com/464/story/1356773.html

...is about the young actor who plays kidmans son in her next movie, the Invasion, which comes out next week. His mom says their will not be an LA premiere... its pretty sad for the kid... can you imagine, say for instance tom cruise when he made war of the worlds with 10 yr old dakota fanning, not doing primieres and appearing on shows promoting it with her as he did? It seems kidman, because it is her film, has washed her hands of this debacle of a movie, As well as the young actor who also was in it. I guess with her its everyone for themselves. It seems urban is truly taking PR advice from her.

Perspone said...

Maclen that seems to be Nicole's SOP, she gets paid big bucks to make a movie, and then when it's done and she's not around for the premieres, thus distancing herself from what is predicted to be another flop.

hesaweiner said...

Why would she show up to that premier? It's not like she had her soft porn with the child, like the other movie. She doesn't owe him a second date. /sarcasm

maclen said...

hesaweiner said...
"Why would she show up to that premier? It's not like she had her soft porn with the child, like the other movie. She doesn't owe him a second date. /sarcasm"

Hey hesawiener, didnt that movie kind of give you the creeps? Funny line! Also i meant to reply to your first comment, but i sort of went on a couple of rants on kidman... good points on the bbb, there must have been somewhere urban fansite members may have to air their grievences... afer reading the message boards over there, i dont have much confidence that they will actually adress any of the fan issues that came up. perspone, kidman indifference to the movies after she cranks them out began noticably after stepford wives, I think at this point, she's just going through the motions, cranking out these movies is more of a psychological issue it seems, if she didnt make them, what would she do?

doublewide said...

this is a little off subject but i was just looking at some old pics of keith. the man hasn't looked truly happy since the heinous wedding she forced on him. i know he is grown and made his own decision blah blah, but i believe she was so intent on getting married before tom, that she just steam rolled ahead.

maclen, are you referring to the movie BIRTH? i didn't see it, but i've seen several of the others. it looks to me as if she plays the same character in each one, just slightly altering that character a bit. in other words, her acting sucks!

now back to the subject. i wonder how many people will rejoin his fanclub after this disastrous ticket sale for this tour. i have heard alot of people express that they are NOT going to rejoin.

maclen said...

doublewide said..,
"maclen, are you referring to the movie BIRTH? i didn't see it, but i've seen several of the others. it looks to me as if she plays the same character in each one, just slightly altering that character a bit. in other words, her acting sucks!"

Yeah doublewide, the one where the 10 yr old kid claims to be her reincarnated husband, and she then
begins to believe it, and plans to run off with him... people get paid to write this stuff! yeah she plays basically the same character, but now shes trying to appear to be diverse, using the tired old tricks to the trade... accents and in her case, black short haired wigs.And in the past 6 years shes used a russian accent, a south african accent, english accent of course...southern accent, old and new... '
Now on the fansite topic, I just noticed that urbans fansite has about 26,ooo registered members... does anyone have an idea on how that measures up to other top country artists? It certainly doesnt sound that impressive to me, when you consider that there are clips on youtube that get into the millions on views...

hesaweiner said...

26,000 registered is a whole different thing than actual paying members. And many who pay are scalpers and people who want more than one account in hopes their odds are better in ticket buying/or needed more than the alotted amount of tickets, because they have more than 1 code. Some even bought memberships in hopes of a FCP. And in 2005 even your spouse, child had to be paying members to go. So I think paid membership is going to drastically drop once those don't renew for those needs. Crazy ass people.

cricket said...

But Maclen if she didn't turn out 4 to 5 flops a year what would she do with her time.God forbid she might actually be forced into spending some time with her kids and having to act like a mother for a change.And as bad as she sucks at acting on screen she is 10 times worst at trying to act like a mother.I guess Keith isn't the love of her life as she has stated many times that when she falls in love her career will go on the back burner and her family would come first.Since she already has 5 movies lined up for next year,I'm assuming that she hasn't found that love yet. Poor Keith

Perspone said...

hesaweiner said...
26,000 registered is a whole different thing than actual paying members. And many who pay are scalpers and people who want more than one account in hopes their odds are better in ticket buying/or needed more than the alotted amount of tickets, because they have more than 1 code. Some even bought memberships in hopes of a FCP. And in 2005 even your spouse, child had to be paying members to go. So I think paid membership is going to drastically drop once those don't renew for those needs. Crazy ass people.

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Don't forget those of us who saw that Echo was taking over last year and bought the line about the fan club getting better, so we renewed our memberships one more time. I am sure that there will be another drastic drop in the membership when we don't renew.

hoho said...

I actually was able to display my dislike for the current FC just recently in Monkeyville. It was almost instantly removed but, I did get a few responses from othere members telling me "well if you don't like it then don't come back,"etc. I have been a Keith fan for so damn long and I deserve the damn right to express when I feel that I am being screwed, royally. The BBB is a good idea because I am NOT rejoining his POS FC when it expires in 96 days, that is right 96 more days and I will no longer waste my money. Still love Keith. CANNOT STAND HIS PRISSY WIFE AND CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE MARRIAGE IS A THING OF THE PAST. He no longer is the man that I traveled all over to see. The performer that I could NOT WAIT to feel the energy bounce off of. He is lackluster and ordinary. Sad but true. Other artists out there are outshining him right now.

Imahick said...

The thing I find very odd is that Keith's management (or Keith) doesn't recognize the importance of the fan club as a means of building and maintaining that all important long term career security. Keep your fans happy, and they'll be with you for life...country fans are usually very loyal. But if you pi$$ them off, you are in for it! There are always other artists out there who ARE appreciative!

It doesn't take rocket science to figure out how to have a successful fan club. What do the fans want?

They want to feel a connection with the celeb. The KU Tubes are an improvement...but as the blogger said, they are literally a 30 second after thought. They're cute, but generally make the watcher feel like it's Keith trying to get more people to buy tickets to his shows. They seem to be filmed right after the shows, (when they remember) and so, he seems distracted and not into making anything in depth. They are often very similar. They should try to get him to journal or do some more "on the road" videos. It doesn't have to be expensive or take up a bunch of Keith's time...it just has to make it look like he WANTS to be connected with his fans. Right now, I actually get the sense that, in his mind, less is better. Is that NK's influence?

Fans want to feel like they have something for their $25 that is exclusive. How about some exclusive pictures from the shows? There is video shot at EACH show...why not use it? There are pictures taken all the time...why not put those up in a member exclusive area?

Fans would like to get information about tours and the activities of their celeb FIRST. If his PR team made the fan club a priority, it would be THE place to get info...where tours/news was posted first. That is up to them...it's that simple. If it was important to them, it would happen.

Fans want access to the celeb ... to meet this person they've been supporting and tell them so. The number of fans in the BSE has improved...but it's still pretty impersonal and it's still far fewer fans than many other artists. I've heard he really doesn't like the Meet&Greet format. But in the end, it's his career to promote...and it's the fans who are paying his bills ... making sure he has the cash to fly home to see his beautiful beautiful princess. Well...unless his BBP is paying for his Quantas flights every 10 days?

Fans want to get good seats to the concerts. Pre-sales are a key problem. Fans should get access to the best seats. What a concept?

The way Keith's management and TM have worked the deal for pre-sales, they keep the front row for the "auction" (and big $$$) and the worst seats go to the fans. We know that IF they wanted the fans to get the best seats, they could do it. That just isn't a priority.

This lack of consideration toward the fans will ultimately backfire ... in fact I think it is starting to now.

I am not renewing my fan club membership. I know quite a few people who don't plan to. I am a long term fan...I've been going to shows and buying CD's for a long time. I'm one of those fans who still loves his music and would never have quit his fan club without a good reason. But unless there is a concerted effort to connect with the fans and show them some respect, I don't see the point of joining.

Some of these issues were starting to raise their ugly heads PRIOR to the blessed event downunder in Jun 06. I think NK was advising him about his career even before they married and for some reason, his head is so far up her butt, he has actually taken her advice. Until he starts thinking on his own or taking advice from his PR advisors ... or until he gets advisors worth the substantial pay I suspect they get, there will be ongoing discontent amongst Keith's fans.

I think that's a shame. He is a talented artist & entertainer. I used to believe that he appreciated his fans and it is that connection that fans want. It doesn't require a huge effort, just some consideration and acknowledgement is all.

The Hollywierd approach to fans is NOT going to work for Keith...he needs to re-visit his priorities. If he wants his career, he'll have to work for it, like his peers. If it isn't important to him, I'd prefer that he just quit. This half a$$ed attempt to have a career while catering to his BBP, who appears to have no motivation to work on the relationship is disrespectful to us...the customers in all this.

And if I hear one more person say that he's entitled to give us a half a$$ed effort because it is his life...I'd like you to talk to my employer who seems to think I owe him my full attention when it comes to my job. And funny...so do the clients I work with. They would not be amused if I did a half a$$ed job because of my marriage. That wouldn't cut it and it shouldn't be the excuse for Keith.

If some of his issues are because he needs more time for his recovery...then I can live with that. I want him healthy .... but he does have a job to do ... and if he can't do it because he's married, then, move on. In my opinion, the only reason the marriage is getting in the way is because of WHO he is married to. Every other artist is able to find a balance...but NK is too demanding to let him find a balance. She has hers. Her career is the priority...period.

Perspone said...

imahick said....
And if I hear one more person say that he's entitled to give us a half a$$ed effort because it is his life...I'd like you to talk to my employer who seems to think I owe him my full attention when it comes to my job. And funny...so do the clients I work with. They would not be amused if I did a half a$$ed job because of my marriage. That wouldn't cut it and it shouldn't be the excuse for Keith.

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That's the way I feel. If I spend my hard earned money to go to one of his shows, then I deserve his full attention on what he's doing at that time. He forgets we know what he's truely capable of as a performer and we know when something's missing. There are fewer people going on KURT's which are hurting his attendance figures. It's not just the state of the economy causing these drops in fans traveling to shows, it's that the quality of the show has dropped. It's also the fact that long term fans are getting the message that Keith doesn't want to spend even the miniscule amount of time it would take to make that fan base feel appreciated. We don't want the moon, just decent tickets set aside for us and some real interaction. If he doesn't enjoy the meet and greets, why not keep in touch by journal entry or blog. There are some country artists that don't do the meet and greets but they at least make their fan's feel appreciated. I think that's the problem right now, I as a fan feel like I am being taken for granted and taken advantage of.

maclen said...

cricket said...
"But Maclen if she didn't turn out 4 to 5 flops a year what would she do with her time.God forbid she might actually be forced into spending some time with her kids and having to act like a mother for a change."

Cricket, she's obviously a workaholic, with no intention of slowing down. And its clear that urban is subserviant to her wishes and expectations...and its clear urbans fansite is just another money making operation for him and his people... and as with all business, customer service is usally the lowest priortiy. And at urban's fansite it's hard to gauge the true discontent because there complaints are quickly eliminated. Urban seems to becoming the usual plug and play celeb... show me my spot, give me my lines, and get me to the next appearance on time...

notachance said...

Great write-up about the failings of the fan club. Have you sent it in triplicate to Gary Borman?

Nothing has changed with Keith's FC since Echo took over the management of it. It's no different from when Sharon & Co. were running the show. Echo takes their instructions from their client, and obviously the client could give a shi* about his fans. That fact is made abundantly clear with the way Brad Paisley's FC (also an Echo client) has chosen to deal with their complaints.

musicmatters said...

hoho said...
I actually was able to display my dislike for the current FC just recently in Monkeyville. It was almost instantly removed but, I did get a few responses from other members telling me "well if you don't like it then don't come back,"etc. I have been a Keith fan for so damn long and I deserve the damn right to express when I feel that I am being screwed, royally. The BBB is a good idea because I am NOT rejoining his POS FC when it expires in 96 days, that is right 96 more days and I will no longer waste my money. Still love Keith. CANNOT STAND HIS PRISSY WIFE AND CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE MARRIAGE IS A THING OF THE PAST. He no longer is the man that I traveled all over to see. The performer that I could NOT WAIT to feel the energy bounce off of. He is lackluster and ordinary. Sad but true. Other artists out there are outshining him right now.


HoHo, thanks for writing all that so I didn't have to :-)

85 days for me. I was ready to let my membership lapse last year, but when Echo took over I bit and thought things would improve. Yeah right.

Until the ARTIST makes his FC a priority and steps in with ideas and things for the fans, Echo can only do so much.

From interviews I've read, I get the impression Keith thinks the "monkeys" are a joke. Perhaps he sees the FC as just a vehicle to keep the really diehard crazies all in one place where they can be managed.

IF I decide I want to see Keith in concert again I'll just take my chances via public sale or get good seats from a broker. Good seats through the FC was never a benefit anyway, so nothing's changed. My $25 won't even gas up that Bentley for him, he'll never miss it/me.

doublewide said...

boy, isn't THAT the truth...

Perspone said...

You know I wonder where the defenders of the fan club are. When I posted something along the same lines on the Fan Club board I was basically told by Fan Club members that I should feel privileged to be allowed to be part of the fan club. How is it a privilege when I pay them for the service and get nothing back.

maclen said...

Perspone said...
"You know I wonder where the defenders of the fan club are. When I posted something along the same lines on the Fan Club board I was basically told by Fan Club members that I should feel privileged to be allowed to be part of the fan club."

Well you'd have to imagine if you were told that if you, for instance, were returning an item of clothing to a department store because it didnt fit, imagine your outrage... and on top of that, when you asked to see their supervisor, they simply ignored you, and then deleted your reciept from their accounts. I would suggest, before the memberships expire, if there is any contact info, send an email with your complaints, and if there is no response, send another. If enough people do it, you might have some impact. what do you have to lose? One persons 25$ membership may not be that important to urban, but if say 10 people were to threaten to pass on the site, that could affect the the pay of someone working on the site... and if its one thing that people will react to, it money, and the idea of losing it.

doublewide said...

excellent analogy maclen.....money is the neck that turns the head as they say...funny, we haven't had anybody dispute this blog. perspone, i think what they said basically on keith's site about concert tix was "be glad you get to breathe the same air as keith, and stop complaining about your seats".....they are nuts, the lot of them....

Perspone said...

Doublewide you'll get no argument from me about them being nuts.

don't believe the lies said...

The bunnies are a bunch of hypocrites. They rip you apart if you express unhappiness about the FC. Yet when they are purchasing those awesome presale tickets to the shows they complain. I think they forget that he doesn't give a rats ass about them.

The blame cannot fall all onto ECHO. They have several other clients under their wings and have little to no problems like with Keith's. Someone referring to Brad Paisley changing things back is a fine example. They can only do as much as the artist gives/allows them to.

I haven't been a member for about 3 years now. I haven't seen the reason to be. Last year when he promised the world a ton of people fell for it. Congrats Keith your evil little plan to rip people off worked.

The guy has become a weasel like his wife. It's a shame too because the guy had so much promise.

TNgrl4KU said...

As this was brought to my attention in the wee hours of the morning, I am appalled at some of the comments. I cannot understand why people choose to slander this power couple who are beautiful people and even more so together.

I'm surprised finding so many people who have posted on the Live Earth thread, still jealous and intimidated by this mans talent. I find this humorous for I am a very proud and dedicated Monkeyville member.

I read with interest that so many people felt the need to include Monkeyville. Thank you for marketing Keith's fan club on such a wide spectrum.

As for Keith cancelling the European 2nd leg tour, there are others involved and the ticket sales were down however, here in the US all the venues are and have been sold out. Make sense now?

To all the skeptics who have taken time out of their busy schedules to apply such negativity on such a talented artist, you might consider making more credible statements.

Feel free to check out Keith Urban and the 2007 Love,Pain and the Whole Crazy US Tour.

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TNgrl4KU said...
As this was brought to my attention in the wee hours of the morning, I am appalled at some of the comments. I cannot understand why people choose to slander this power couple who are beautiful people and even more so together.

I'm surprised finding so many people who have posted on the Live Earth thread, still jealous and intimidated by this mans talent. I find this humorous for I am a very proud and dedicated Monkeyville member.

I read with interest that so many people felt the need to include Monkeyville. Thank you for marketing Keith's fan club on such a wide spectrum.

As for Keith cancelling the European 2nd leg tour, there are others involved and the ticket sales were down however, here in the US all the venues are and have been sold out. Make sense now?

To all the skeptics who have taken time out of their busy schedules to apply such negativity on such a talented artist, you might consider making more credible statements.

Feel free to check out Keith Urban and the 2007 Love,Pain and the Whole Crazy US Tour.

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I am not slandering the power couple, I just call things as I see them.

As for your comments about the European Shows, it's just another of many excuses made. Lets be honest for a minute KU bit off more than he could chew, he tried to jump from small venues to larger arenas in Europe and the European market wasn't ready. As for your comment about all the shows in the U.S. being sold out, I'm sorry but that's far from the truth. At the show I attended my upper level seats were upgraded to lower level next to the main stage, because KU hadn't even sold out the lower level sections. There have been reports from several other venues that the venues have not been sold out, that the ticket brokers are having fire sales on KU tickets before the concert just to get them sold, and Monkeyville members who haven't been able to unload all the extra tickets they have purchased in their hopes of obtaining great seats through several different means in order to improve upon the lousy fan club tickets they purchased in the fan club presale.

Another telling thing is that the promoters seem to be insisting on KU signing an opening act that is going to put people in the seats. If the Rumors are correct the promoters are insisting of someone with an established following, a consistent ticket seller who has functioned as a headliner in his own right. This tells me that tickets sells on the whole have not been what was expected for this tour.

Please feel free to come back and comment. Lets stick to facts instead of personal attacks on the people who comment.

Urban Myths said...

So someone gave you this link? Well then, welcome and please read everything that is posted. We stand by what we are saying and if I am not mistaken no one from either camp has introduced us to their lawyers, so slander is a very unfortunate use of words. Show us where we are wrong. The fan club is a joke. Not one of the concerts on this tour sold out. Keith hasn't had a #1 since Better Life. Where are we wrong?

Here is a lesson from Skeptics 101. Don't believe the hype. Yes, TN Monkey, you are being pushed down the Keith Urban bunny trail by eating up the misinformation and well placed propaganda.

These people are two of the biggest media manipulators out there. We can only hope that by exposing the lies we can help Keith recover when this "relationship" blows up. Just like you, he will need to be deprogrammed.

*Posted by Urban Myths for Ethel

TNgrl4KU said...
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TNgrl4KU said...

I don't understand if, you are not a member of Keith's FC, why are you upset? As for the venues being sold out, I can only speak proof of all the shows I've attended this year.The shows I've attended, they were in deed sold out. However, this can go on and on w/o any agreement.

As for Keith and Nicole, I love them as a couple and find it disturbing at the dislike I see/read. I still cannot understand the dislike here when all they display is positive emotions for one another.

Again, I'm a proud member of Keith's fan club and will continue to promote him in every way I can. If you aren't a member, why should it bother you?

music said...

Perhaps the shows you attended were sold out, but IF so, that is the exception not the rule. The shows have been well-attended but by no means sold-out.
I went to the DC show and it was not close to being sold-out. Tickets were available at all times from Ticketmaster and from the box office the day of the show. I've read many reviews stating the same thing about ticket sales at other venues.

But let's look at some facts from the Boxscore concert chart in Billboard's 9-1 issue:

Keith Urban - ARCO Arena
Sacramento, CA
June 12, 2007
$474,247 gross
7,891 attendance
8,500 capacity

Keith Urban - Save Mart Center
Fresno, CA
June 13, 2007
$432,964 gross
7,116 attendance
7,500 capacity

And I'll add since it seems to matter to you, I am still a member of the fan club. But I disagree that you have to be a current member of Monkeyville in order to state an opinion on this topic. In fact IMO, fans who've let their membership lapse due to disappointment with the fan club have as much a right to speak their mind as anyone else.