Bill Graham Presents seemed to have been struck in their collective head with an anvil when they announced a massive series of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers dates at the Fillmore: Jan. 10-12, 14-16, 19-21, 24-26, 28-29, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Feb. 3-4, and Feb. 6-7. That's 20 days of Petty -- half of a biblical deluge. How on earth BGP expected to fill all these dates is the stuff of philosophical conjecture too deep for even Descartes. But far more perplexing, and perhaps worthy of divine terror, is the fact that each and every one of these dates, despite rescheduling due to Petty's broken arm, has already sold out. (Consult Revelations.) When asked just who had purchased all of these tickets, a BGP spokesperson could only comment that those seen in a ticket line one day were mostly "over 30." Is it the yuppies, or has the sun turned black as sackcloth?
The bands, audio quality, and video production may not be so hot on Check It Out! -- a new digizine offering sight and sound samples of local artists, along with some rather optimistic reviews -- but its no-frills packaging and presentation sure beat the hell out of virtual audio-animatronic monstrosities like Launch. Whatever the flaws in their product, the folks at Check It Out! appear to be able to discern the subtle distinction between journalism and advertising.
By Michael Batty