I posted a thread about the Cirque Du Soleil show I saw a few days ago at the Huntington Center. I am a lifetime resident of Toledo – that was my first show at the Huntington Center. I was tempted to mention my impressions about the facility but tried to stay on comment about the show.
Speaking just from my own experience I am 43 years old. When I was in my mid-teens to early 20’s concerts were plentiful and enjoyable. I had no qualms ponying up $20 for Ozzy, AC DC, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden tickets (quit laughing…) at the Sports Arena and then driving North to the Detroit area for the bigger shows like The Who. When I was younger we went to concerts. The young people I know today go to Clubs but not many concerts.
It could just be me but it seems like the concert dynamic has changed. There does not seem like there are a plethora of bands drawing steady streams of young fans out to shows on a regular, steady basis filling small, mid-size and large arenas. Sure, there are exceptions but many of my devoted music friends my age and younger are more enticed by some of your smaller Indie type bands that stick to smaller regions and smaller clubs. I know I’ve travelled a few hundred miles to pay $8 to see a band near Columbus and such. Concerts and music have changed.
In regards to the Huntington Center lineup for the summer (which looks like there is no lineup) - For comparison here is a list of upcoming Palace acts up near Detroit: (This includes the Palace, DTE and Meadowbrook Festival) Notice how many of these acts are still “hanging on” to the crowd that is my age or older. I mean dudes… Rush, Huey Lewis… Neil Diamond for God’s sake. Eventually these guys will have to call it quits and then who is going to be going to live performances?
I do not really know if the Huntington Center can sustain itself based on the changing entertainment dynamic for younger people unless they get really creative. Oh boy, do I smell an operating levy in the future? (just kidding – I hope)….. Also, they are competing with the new casino, all the music venues near Detroit and don’t forget Ann Arbor which draws a lot more quality IMO. Many younger people I know have all been to the casino but few to the Huntington Center.
So a diverse lineup of music, and other type shows and sporting events is probably there best bet but despite my enjoyment of the show the other night I can’t tell you what will draw me back. I am not a big hockey fan and prefer smaller clubs for music.
Re: Impressions on the Huntington Center – Good seats, good parking – limited concession options.