A question to Redbossfan: did you attend ALL the Poets gigs? If so, you are the luckiest person in the world... Congrats! I wish I had wings to fly straight to Helsinki on March 18, but...
lol, no. I wish I could have though. I attended 29 concerts in 3 years and I am happy to have a job that pays me enough to be able to afford this and where my vacation time is quite flexible. I doubt it will always be like that so I'm making use of it for as long as it lasts.
But all of you who are a bit jealous now should also remember that I am in my late 30ies and it took me many years to get to the place where I am now. I didn't see anywhere near as many gigs when I was younger, none at all until I was 16 and only very few each ear until I was well in my 20ies. I had a lot more time then, but not much money.
Also, I prioritize music over almost anything else in my life. Other people my age drive cars, build a house or have children. I prefer to go to concerts.
So, lucky? Yes, to have the opportunity in the first place, but it is also a matter of taking my chances and doing what is important to me. I have traveled to many gigs for different people and for me it has always been worth it. I have met people who do the same from many different countries - for most of them, music is the most important thing in their lives and they do what they have to to see the artist/band they want to see. For me and many people I've met, the questions are: How bad do you want it? And what are you willing to sacrifice? That, of course, are questions that each one of us has to answer for themselves. I have made my choice and for me, gigs are the way to go, but what you
do is entirely up to you.
I feel sorry for anyone who does not have the means (or opportunity) to travel to gigs, but I do not feel sorry for anyone who complains, even though she or he has the time, money and opportunity to go to a gig, but is simply not willing to to do so. Disclaimer:
I do not mean to say that I am a "better fan". Being a fan has nothing to do with how many gigs you have seen, how many fan products you own or how many forums you hang out in (just to name a few things). It is a private thing where everyone decides for themselves what it means to them. And the person who sits at home and enjoys POTF music quietly is as much a fan to me as the person who has traveled to 100 gigs. I hugely dislike people who believe having seen a band more often or owning more stuff makes them better or special in some way.