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  1. Dear Radiohead, I am a Radiohead fan that goes way, way back. I first saw the band when they opened for Belly in 1993. Since then, I have seen just about every show they played in the Los Angeles area. I have watched as they progressed from clubs and small halls to arena-sized crowds and headlining Coachella. I still remember the exact moment when I knew Radiohead had jumped into the realm of the concert greats...the bands that could sell out any show, any time, at the drop of a hat (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, U2). It was when the April 1, 1998 Universal Amphitheatre concert went on sale and tickets were gone in minutes. From that point on, Radiohead was a band everyone knew they had to see in concert. And if the fans knew it, the band and their management surely must have known it, as well. In 2000, they sold out two nights at the Greek Theatre in LA lickety-split. By 2001, they were headlining the Hollywood Bowl (capacity 18,000). On both the 2003 Hail to the Thief tour and the 2008 In Rainbows tour, they sold out multiple nights at the Hollywood Bowl. Not to mention the Coachella Festival appearances that created mania. They could easily sell out a week at the L.A. Forum, just as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones did in the 1970s. That is why I find it slightly disingenuous for Thom Yorke to express surprise and shock about tickets selling so quick for the Los Angeles shows. Los Angeles, a city of 10-plus million people, got two dates at the puny Shrine Auditorium while New York at least got two nights at Madison Square Garden. That is only 12,000 tickets for L.A. compared to 40,000 for New York. When you add in the amount of tickets that are pulled for industry weasels and celebrities at L.A. shows, that number of 12,000 drops even more. I bet there were scarcely 10,000 tickets that actually went on sale for the L.A. shows. I don't know about you, but I find that a bit cruel to Radiohead's Los Angeles fans...of which, there are considerably more than 12,000. I understand why the band doesn't want to play Staples Center (it sucks as a concert venue) and the Hollywood Bowl wasn't available this summer due to its summer season. But the Forum has been renovated and restored and is even owned by the Madison Square Garden people now. If the Forum is good enough for Bruce and U2, it should be good enough for Radiohead. Two dates at minimum, preferably three, should have been scheduled at the Forum for this tour. Thanks to the extreme shortage of tickets for the Shrine shows, the cheapest tickets on the secondary markets start at $1,200-$1,300. Congratulations Radiohead! You have pretty much guaranteed that the Los Angeles shows will be filled with rich, yuppie assholes who will chitter and chat and look at their phones all throughout your concert...until you play the one song that they recognize: "Creep". How ironic. I am still going to try to get a ticket somehow. I still love the band and hate missing out on any concert they play. But I wish they would have shown more consideration for the Los Angeles Radiohead fan on this tour. I can't believe Thom and the band's management are that out of touch with their popularity that they really thought two measly shows at the Shrine Auditorium would suffice for a market the size of L.A.
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