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Opération "Sauvez Billy"

Avec cette 2e extinction de voix en 6 mois, il devient évident que le rythme des 2 dernières années est en train de mettre en danger le groupe et en particulier la voix de Bill.
Ce n'est pas anodin : des dommages sur les cordes vocales peuvent être irréversibles!

Les fans se mobilisent depuis longtemps pour en demander toujours plus au groupe (concert au fond de mon jardin, meet & greet, autographes), il est temps de se montrer un peu moins égoïste et de réclamer pour le groupe ce dont ils ont besoin : du repos pour mûrir en tant qu'artistes, et pour éviter des dégâts irréparables.

C'est aussi dans notre intérêt : imaginez un chanteur définitivement aphone! Plus de groupe!

Comme on ne sait pas si la pression d'en faire toujours plus vient d'Universal, du groupe, ou des fans... A nous de faire savoir à la production et au groupe qu'on préfère les voir moins souvent, mais en meilleure forme, que de les voir enchaîner interviews (souvent inutiles) et concerts si ça doit mettre leur santé en danger.

Universal Music France :
42 avenue de Friedland
75008 Paris


Sur le site officiel, il y a tout en bas à droite dans le bandeau un lien "Contact Président", qui permet apparemment d'envoyer des messages à... bon, on ne va pas croire que c'est le PDG de Universal qui lit ça, mais

Si vous avez d'autres adresses auxquelles on pourrait faire passer le message, merci de nous en faire part.


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Mar. 15th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Really? *boggles*

Is it their age, that fans think they know what's best for them? That's fascinating.
Mar. 15th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Nope, the point is not to tell the producers what is best for them... The point is to let the company know that there are fans who couldn't care less about one more shitty interview, and would like it better if the band was allowed to develop as a normal band, instead of as a one-hit wonder that has to be milked while it lasts.

Ya know, taking time in between tours to record new songs and, well, live things to write about. Instead of packing up promo and gigs in places they've already made concerts in 6 months before.

Because so far, all of the fan pressure goes towards asking them to do more gigs, more autographs, more everything.
Mar. 16th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
I got that from the text, but then the campaign is called Operation Rescue Billy? Save Billy?

So that sort of implies he needs saving by fans... which... yeah.
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
The name is a pun on the French title of "Free Willy".
It's not meant to be taken literally.
Mar. 16th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Ah. That'd be funny if fans en masse didn't make me twitch :D

I swear I'm never writing another postcard or signing a petition ever again :)
Mar. 16th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
For some reason, I do for / about TH all the things that made me cringe about fans in previous fandoms, one after another...
Maybe because being liberated from the opinion of others fans AND the artist (as in "since you're just a wallet anyway"), I couldn't care less about... oh, anything else really.
Self-esteem? Got none left in that domain. I mean, they're TH. Admitting you like them is already making you a subject of laughter, mostly, so eh. It can't get worse.

And the funniest thing is... I don't even care all that much. The time I spend thinking about them is inversely proportional to how emotionnally committed I really am to them :)
It's only for fuuuuuun!
Mar. 18th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Mmm. Mostly I can dismiss everything with 'what did you expect, I like SMALLVILLE' :D
Mar. 18th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Mindless fun is the best fun.
Not getting too involved too.

Speaking of which, I should probably de-involve myself a little as I speak, because they've just announced a mass of decisions regarding future shows that make me wonder if they're trying to please the fans or to aggravate them... o_O

Is JMLive or JCB now working for TH or what?
Mar. 19th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Wouldn't surprise me, they're irritating enough ;D

Too many new gigs to make up for it, or not enough?
Mar. 19th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
Way too many.
The current tour is pending, with the singer stuck in bed for a whole week, and they've added 4 shows in Canada and USA at the "tail" of the tour, in April...
*roll eyes*
They can add as many dates as they want, if he never gets a break and never gets an actual voice coach, they'll have to cancel shows here and there on the day because he won't be able to sing all of them :P

Plus, to try to "make it" in Canada and USA, if he's on his knees with half a voice when he performs there, reviews won't be good anyway... so, so stoopid, the whole thing.

Also to "make up" for the cancelled show this week in Geneva, they have moved the other show planned in Geneva for July, to a bigger venue than it was. It got switched from a 7,000 venue to a 30,000 stadium... AND tickets are automatically transferred, but not refundable! o_O

Not to mention, 10 days ago during the Paris shows, they announced that their Summer show in Paris was moved from June 20 to June 21. Officially, because of fan petitions complaining that it was during higschool finals (June 21 is a Saturday, and there _were_ petitions... launched in January when the date was announced and before tickets were put on sale).
But we suspect it's also / mostly because 2 months after the start of ticket sales, it's not sold out yet. So someone must have put 1 and 1 together and "... Ooooh, THAT is why the kids were complaining! Maybe it'll sell better if we move the date to the week-end?"

But doing it now, when a lot of people have already booked their hotel and transport... Geez, thanks. *roll eyes*

I don't care for me, I hadn't booked for any of those (touching wood, but that's where I say that all the bad luck I had in timing with JM, karma is paying it back now : I only get to see TH's good gigs and not suffer from the drama).
But I'm wondering if there is anyone with a brain looking at that schedule...
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