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Would YOU Go See Madonna in Moncton?

Published October 16, 2011 - 8 Comments

Well, there’s a ton of buzz around the possibility of Madonna coming to Moncton’s Magnetic Hill next summer.  I guess we’ll find out for sure when the tour date announcement is made October 31, but I’d say that it’s probably a done deal at this point.

So the next big question is…  Would YOU go see Madonna in Moncton?

I’ve gone to see two large outdoor concerts in Moncton, with two very different outcomes.  The day that Bon Jovi played was perfect.  You couldn’t ask for any better weather.  It was a beautiful day, but it wasn’t hot.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but the sun wasn’t scorching.  When Bon Jovi came out, I loved every single song that they did.  It was a great show.  The crowds were quite tolerable.  All in all, I had a fantastic experience.

Things were a little different at U2.  The weather was horrible, but you can not control the weather.  Still, the fact that the grounds were a big mud pit seemed to set the stage for a less than ideal experience.  I would say that I was looking forward to seeing U2 much more than I was Bon Jovi, but when I think back to the different set lists… U2 played songs that I really wasn’t thrilled with.  Yes, they did play some of my all-time favs… but there were lulls where I began to wonder if they were going to play something that I liked.  I didn’t have that problem with Bon Jovi.  I loved everything.  And the crowds at U2…

I mention this because I’ve watched Madonna’s Confessions tour on DVD many times, and thought “WoW!  If she ever came back to Montreal, I’d love to go see her.”  Why Montreal?  Because it’s the closest venue that I could ever have imagined (until recently) that Madonna would ever have come to the Atlantic provinces.  MAYBE Halifax… but even that was pushing it.  But as many times as I have watched that Confessions tour DVD, I don’t think that I’ve ever watched it from start to finish.  It’s very much the same thing as the U2 concert was for me.  Madonna has a ton of material to choose from, and I found that what I recognized, I LOVED.  But what I didn’t recognize… it was so-so at best.  If her current tour was similar at all, it would mean a lot of standing there waiting for the next hit.  Don’t get me wrong… I have a huge collection of her songs, and I love many of them.  But I challenge anyone to watch that Confessions tour DVD and tell me that they even recognize 2/3 of those songs, let alone enjoy them enough to spend a fair chunk of change to listen to.

So that brings me back to my current conundrum (that’s a word that I have to remember for Hanging With Friends!) …  Given everything that I know about the location, the unpredictability of the weather, the insane crowds, and the unlikelihood that Madonna will approach me to pre-approve her setlist, is this a concert that I would want to go see?

How about you?  Would YOU go see Madonna in Moncton July 20, 2012?

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The Material Girl Proves Popular on WaS

Published October 14, 2011 - 0 Comments

Last night I was sitting at work, and noticed that something interesting was happening on my blog.  I was getting traffic… a lot of traffic… well, not compared to established blogs, but certainly way more than my little blog had ever gotten!  I had a mini-viral monster on my hands!

OK, not viral in the sense of Rebecca Black’s Friday, or some guy getting kicked in the nuts… but for my little blog… a huge spike!

When I saw on Twitter that Madonna was rumoured to be coming to Moncton next summer, I decided to write a little post about it. It’s nothing overly profound. Just a quick note mentioning how I had seen a few concerts at Magnetic Hill, and how the venue has become a world class concert attraction. I questioned whether Madonna was enough to get me to go back there again… I still don’t know. Yes, I do enjoy her music… I’m just not 100% sure that I would go back to Magnetic Hill after what happened at U2.

Anyway… I wrote the post.. put a picture and a link to a Madonna insider blog that broke the story, and clicked publish.


That was at 8:30 PM…

I noticed that people started coming to the blog almost immediately, even though I did not mention it on Twitter or anywhere else. Google had picked it up instantly and put it on the first page for the keywords “Madonna Moncton”… As I refreshed my stats page more and more people were hitting the post. Most of them were from Google, but then I noticed some were being referred from Facebook, so somehow it got posted there too!

Then I started seeing referral links from Google, Ask, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, and eventually Twitter…

The previous traffic high was 188 hits back in August of last year… in 3 hours I was at 239 views… By the time midnight came I had almost 250, and then the reporting software reset at the start of the new day.  At that point, if you did a search for “Madonna Moncton” I was listed in second position, below the Madonna insider blog!  The only mainstream news site to write about it was Global New Atlantic, and I was ahead of them!

I knew that it couldn’t last forever though. As of today, I have been pushed down several positions, as the main news sites published their material, and bumped me down.  My little blog doesn’t have the clout to fend off those large sites, but I am still on Google’s first page, and still the highest ranking amateur blog there!  The traffic has slowed down, but I still finished the day with 453 visitors!  That’s pretty impressive!

I completely realize that this is an anomaly, and a matter of luck on my part that I was basically the first person to write a blog post about Madonna coming to Moncton… these numbers will die off over the next couple of days, and I don’t know if I will ever be able to replicate them on this blog.  But it’s been an interesting exercise to watch, and I think I’ve learned a couple of lessons from this that I hope to implement in the coming days.  And who knows?  Maybe I’ll gain a couple of new readers in the process!  🙂

Here is a screenshot of what I see when I look at my blog stats.

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Madonna Coming to Moncton Next Summer?

Published October 12, 2011 - 2 Comments

After seeing U2 in Moncton this summer, I figured that my major concert days were over.  I’ve seen Phil Collin, Genesis, and U2… those were the three biggies that I needed to see before I died.  Throw in Bon Jovi in Moncton back in 2009, which actually turned out to be more enjoyable than some of the “must see” ones… and well… I think that I’ve seen my fair share.  It would take something special to get me to go back there with all those people.

And then I saw this… Notice July 20, 2012…

Madonna Tour Schedule?

It’s totally unconfirmed at this point, but the website DrownedMadonna.com seems to have an inside track on these things, so it’s not just random speculation.

So is the Material Girl enough to send me back into that mudfest called Magnetic Hill?  I don’t know for sure… but it’s certainly intriguing…  I’ll be curious to see what kind of announcement is made October 31.

One thing is for certain… Moncton’s Magnetic Hill has definitely established itself as a premiere concert venue!