On this week’s album sales chart, WASFE remains in the top 20! HitsDailyDouble actually reports a 2% increase in sales, which is uncommon for artists after the release week.
Although getting John to #1 is nearly impossible, I really believe that John could crack the Top Ten again with sustained promotion and marketing. More Youtube ads, internet banners, and TV appearances! The great marketing strategy used last month appealed to everyone: young people (Reddit AMA, iHeartRadio), middle-aged (Letterman appearance, WTF Podcast), hardcore fans (AXS broadcast), new fans (CMT music video), and women of all ages (the View). I hope we see more from John before his September guest slots, so album sales keep going strong.
I think an artist like John should charge between $35-$75 for tickets. Most shows on the upcoming tour fall into the range. But a few – Durham, NYC, and Baltimore, to name a few – have tickets onsale for around $150. Not even megastars like Bruce Springsteen or Pearl Jam or even Brad Paisley charge that much! (and don’t get me started on the Rolling Stones prices…)
I partly agree with that. I’d like to see a “Cosmo’s Factory”-style album. Most of the record would be brand-new rockin’ originals, then 2-3 classic covers (maybe “Pretty Woman” or “Summertime Blues”), and possibly a re-recording of a JF song, a rarer one like “Back in the Hills” or “On the Run” or “Comin Down the Road.” That’s my ideal album.
But John said himself that he’s thinking of going in a “jam band” direction.
I really hope John + the band rehearse some rarities for this tour. Since the 2010 tour (when we heard rarities like “Zanz Kant Danz” and “I Saw it on TV”), John has really played it safe with the setlists. I do enjoy the full album portion, but I hope to see some other nuggets – like Effigy or Molina – thrown into the second half of the show.
And also, I think that “Ramble Tamble” needs a break. At 7 minutes, it loses the audience, and John could easily play two other songs in its place. Maybe if he alternated Ramble Tamble with Grapevine and Chooglin’, the songs would sound fresher.