[Photo by: Arctic Monkeys/Zackery Michael]
The news of Arctic Monkeys’ return has been a source of happiness for fans of the English rock band and while we’re so happy that they’re back, fans aren’t super happy of the price they’ll have to pay to see the band live.
In support of the band’s highly anticipated sixth album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the quartet announced a slew of arena dates in their neck of the woods, with the tour starting in September.
While many fans were excited to see the band live once more, some have noticed that ticketing outlets like Ticketmaster have the tickets priced anywhere between £45 and £80.
With tickets prices of tours in the past having been significantly cheaper, some fans took to Twitter to show their displeasure of the raised ticket costs:
While some were upset with the elevated ticket prices, some fans are still more than willing to pay the price to see the band:
Fans may not be happy with the price of tickets, but it could be Arctic Monkeys’ ways of following Taylor Swift’s footsteps into the world of “dynamic pricing,” where concert ticket prices adjust according to market demand.
As Rolling Stone points out, ticketing sellers like Ticketmaster are trying to “squeeze out” ticketing re-sellers like Stubhub. It makes sense, but it’s caused many fans to wonder why they have to pay above face-value for a ticket when it will drop in price months later.
The new way of selling tickets have been a mix for all artists. With artists like U2, Shania Twain and more taking on the new way of selling tickets, bands like the Foo Fighters have opted to not use the new ticketing model.
It’s still a fairly new way of selling tickets but as Rolling Stone notes, it’s a “necessary” change if the music industry wants to hold a profit.
In the meantime, Arctic Monkeys have released their new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, out now.
You can check out the dates for their upcoming UK tour below!
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy- or more accurately, it makes Jack an ax wielding psychopath with some excellent eyebrows.
The Shining is one of those movies that has fantastic visuals and scenes that make you sit on the edge of your seat in suspense. With a plot that sets the viewer up for a film full of twists and turns, the choices Stanley Kubrick made while directing this movie really transform it into one of the greatest horror suspense films of our time. The sequence that I have chosen is one of the most iconic scenes in the entire movie. Happening about thirty minutes before the film ends, the viewers get to bear witness to Jack attempting to murder his wife and son. This scene is filled with great visuals that showcase the intensity of everything that has happened to the family so far.
In shot one the camera shows a profile view of Danny (Danny Lloyd). The camera is at first set at a medium shot scale where we can see the profile of Danny but only his head and upper part of his shoulders. As he moves closer to the bed, the camera follows his movements and then the shot changes to that of a mid-long shot where not only do we see most of Danny’s body (save for his knees) but we also now see Wendy (Shelley Duvall) asleep on the bed. The bedside lamp is on, casting a faint light on Wendy. The light from the lamp does not have the same glow on Danny, instead he is mainly in shadow, who at this point is stroking the tip of a knife and chanting “redrum.” The lighting choice was a key element to this shot because it adds this eerie feeling to the scene that would not be there if the room was in full lighting. While the lighting is a key piece for this shot, it’s also worthy to note Danny’s body position because with him being in profile, it shows him in his own world which could be telling of his mental state at this point in time.
In shot two, the camera still shows Danny in a profile view with the camera panning left to right following Danny holding the knife back to the dresser where he then picks up a tube of lipstick. Circling back, we see Danny start to write on the door with the red lipstick. There seems to be a cut in the film, where we then see a wide angle shot of Danny in the foreground, writing on the door as Wendy is still asleep behind him. The light no longer acts as a shadow to Danny, as it now is putting spotlight on him as he is writing on the door. When Danny walks away to go towards his mother, we now see that the word “redrum” is written on the door in the red lipstick. The color red is harsh and threatening, when writing on the door with red lipstick, it makes what’s on the door seem like something bad and foreboding
In shot three, the camera cuts to a mid shot of Danny and Wendy (who is now awake and holding onto Danny). Soon, the camera zooms in on Wendy’s shocked expression and soon cuts to show the mirror. The mirror reflects the door that Danny just wrote on and after zooming in on the mirror, the audience can now read that redrum is actually murder spelled backwards. This particular shot has a lot of zooming in it and that helps add a feeling of suspense because you’re getting a disorienting amount of camera movement. The lighting throughout this scene stays pretty consistent and doesn’t really add anything to the particular shot. What’s nice about this shot though is finally noticing how the mise-en-scene ties the room together. With the room setup, there are minimal decorations, but those small details help center everything around Wendy and Danny from the messy bed to the lamp shade that is curved in a way to make sure light is on the two.
Shot four does a lot of jump backs to the hallway and the bedroom in a super quick fashion that I felt the need to combine the few shots into one giant monster. After hearing a few quick banging noises, the shot cuts to the hallway where we see Jack (Jack Nicholson) with an ax hitting it against the door. The shot with Jack is a mid shot with the camera moving left to right as Jack is hitting the door with the ax. It’s a very quick paced movement and that helps give the viewer a sense of motive and determination because you can tell Jack is ready to go in there and play; who wants to be a dull boy anyways? Another interesting thing about the shot with Jack is the background. The hotel has some amazing decorations, but the hallway he’s in is very simple. With the colors are a blue and yellow, they don’t take away from the action that’s happening which is super important. With the already disorienting movements from the camera with Jack, having a busy background would have jumbled the shot and it would not have had the same effect on the viewer. Soon, the camera jumps back and we see Wendy grab Danny and run to the bathroom.
In shot five, we see Wendy and Danny in the small bathroom. The walls to the bathroom are white with a black stripe going along it. The stripe in a way leads the viewers eye to Danny and Wendy as they lock themselves in the bathroom. As odd as it sounds, the walls actually make it seem like the two are way smaller than they actually are. This could be because of the that black stripe or the scale that the shot was taken in. It appears that the majority of this scene was done in a mid-shot and while it does show most of their bodies, it has an appearance of making them seem crunched together. Wendy soon goes to the window, where the camera is set to be a medium shot so the viewers can see her back facing the camera as she tries prying the window open. Her body position at this point in the film is facing away from the camera which could suggest rejection to the camera, but in this case it actually helps the scene with suspense because we can see her movements are now a little quicker and desperate.
Shot six is a continuation of the previous shot where Wendy now has the window open and we can see the outside of the hotel. The camera cuts from the bathroom to outside where we get close up of Wendy looking around. The camera then zooms out to a wide shot and we now see the entire side of the museum with Wendy just a tiny speck in the mix of snow. The lighting in this shot is very grey and somewhat blurry. The static-y feeling can be attributed to having the effect of snow and the greys are thanks to the time of day. We also have a light shining directly on the window that helps draw attention back to Wendy where the viewer can see just how stuck she is. The snow is pilled high, which is definitely a choice. The snow adds to the mise-en-scene because it adds to the story telling where we can see just how bad the blizzard is and it overpowers the hotel (thus overpowering Wendy, who is in a very powerless situation). The wide shot with that little bit of distance is what helps this shot work because it helps the viewer see all of these little details.
Shot seven jumps back to Jack who finally breaks open the front door with his ax. There is still camera movement back and forth as we see Jack finally break through to the door. The camera then shifts to inside the room and we see a mid-long shot of Jack standing in the hallway. The slither of Jack we see is then zoomed in as he starts speaking. The camera movement in this shot help establish that drama and intensity meant for the scene itself. The camera constantly follows the character’s movement and it helps create this motion that the viewer has to keep up with. The color choice in this scene also adds to this overwhelming feeling. The colors of the wall and door are yellow and it’s such a happy and bright color, it clashes with this ominous figure that is Jack. There’s also a whole lot of it. The set up was interesting in the regard because the colors in each room overwhelms the senses because there’s so much going on that it’s a lot to keep up with.
Shot eight we now have Jack inside of the apartment. The camera follows Jack’s movement as he walks through the apartment to get to Wendy and Danny. The shot is mainly filled with a mid long shot as Jack is first entering the apartment and that gives off the impression that he’s big and dominating. This shot does have a jump back so we can see Wendy trying to escape the bathroom from the window. With that jump back, we get how desperate Wendy is to escape and that’s mainly by the scenery outside the window. The snow being so clustered together, gives the viewer a chance to see her desperately trying to pull at it to lift herself out and you cheer for her because you want her to be able to escape. There is another moment where we get a jump back to Jack. The camera is still following him but we now have his back to us. With his back to the camera, it’s a total rejection and we no longer know what he’s thinking or his next move…it’s stressful.
Moving into shot nine, there is a medium close up of Jack. Instead of seeing the back of him, the viewer now has a profile of him as he is standing at the bathroom door. The close up helps give the audience a chance to see just how lost in his mind Jack has become. The shot also shows us inside the bathroom, where the camera movement does start to get a little disorienting. There’s a moment when Wendy picks up the knife that the camera sort of shakes a bit while following her movements and it does add to the suspense during the shot. Wendy then goes to the corner of the bathroom where she’s surrounded by an all white background. The walls make Wendy feel smaller than she is and I think it’s because the white from the walls are so overwhelming that it dominates anything that’s in the same shot with it.
Shot ten has the most iconic shot in the entire film. There is a cut where there is now a mid long shot of Jack’s back to the camera. The camera then follows his movement where he starts to swing the ax and we get that back and forth motion that we had in a few shots prior. The lighting in the bedroom now seems to be a little brighter and it really adds a spotlight to Jack as he’s trying to break into the bathroom. The shot does cut back into the bathroom where we see Wendy still cowering in the corner holding a knife. What’s cool about this shot in the bathroom is the audience actually gets to see the ax start making its way into the bathroom through the door. It’s in the foreground of the shot and we can see Wendy’s reaction in the back and that helps add that intensity and horror that this scene needed for it to be successful. The camera then moves away from Wendy to be directly in front of the door where we can see through the hole to Jack. The shot is a medium close up of him where we can see the little details of the door. Having the camera positioned right in front of the door makes it feel like you’re in the bathroom with Wendy and that’s terrifying. The close ups and camera position in this shot really help add terror to this scene.
These shots capture the essence of this movie. While there are a lot of jumping back and forth between shots, they help develop and move the story along at a fast and sometimes dizzying pace. I wanted to do a sequence that was an iconic part to the movie and I feel that the last thirty minutes of this movie has those key parts in it where you can see how bad being alone in this hotel has been for the Torrance family. The camera movement and position really helped develop this scene into something scary and super intense and I don’t believe this scene would have been as successful without it.
It’s the choices that Stanley Kubrick made while directing this movie that were so spot on and vital for the success of the film and without his choices, this could have been a very different film.
People may have said they were monkeying around, but that didn’t stop The Monkees from becoming one of television’s most influential shows of their time.
Debuting in September 1966, The Monkees were first created to capitalize off the success of Beatlemania, as reported by AV Club. In order to replicate the massive success of the Beatles, producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, decided to create the American version of the fab-four and they did so in the way of throwing together a group of four strangers that somehow managed to hit it off, making the show and the fictionalized band a force to be reckoned with during the tail end of the 1960s.
When it first came into fruition, the producers of the show knew they wanted four “insane” boys around the ages of 17 to 21 to act in a television series about a band trying to make it into the music industry, all the while documenting their hilarious misadventures along the way to becoming rock stars. With an ad that drew in a crowd of 400 plus boys to try out for the role, it eventually became an even split between actors and musicians when the final four were chosen. History.com cites that the show’s producers didn’t look at the musical or acting talent of the guys auditioning, rather they wanted four boys who could play themselves and after going through a whole mess of people, they finally settled on Davy, Micky, Peter and Mike.
Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz (who, might I add, is the current love of my life) started the band with more acting under their belts while Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith were the band’s musicians. The four may have came from varying backgrounds, yet that didn’t stop them from creating hilarious episodes every week adding trippy music video mid-show performances during each episode. That success didn’t stop just from the show either, the boys also managed to win two Emmy awards for the show, get three #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, outsell The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during their peak and they also, not to mention, have been able to steal the hearts of teen girls everywhere…50 years and counting.
Their success outside and inside the show cannot be argued with, yet there are some people who take problems with the “made for television” band. After the first season of the show, the band couldn’t have expected their success to take a hit. Unfortunately, The Monkees did face some controversy that still somewhat follows them to this day and that happened when news broke out that the band didn’t play their own instruments, nor did they write their own music. Labeling them as imposters and looking down at the massive success they managed to receive during their first year, the guys decided to officially take their show on the road, touring to show that they could be the real deal.
Throwing in one more season of the show and a movie called “Head” into the mix of Monkee madness, the band still has a legacy after all of these years. There’s countless reasons why the band were successful, and influential to the television industry, yet four things that really made The Monkees important was their appeal to the counterculture, the incorporation of music videos, the show’s narrative style, the story and their after episode segments.
For The Monkees, appealing to a younger crowd was definitely the way to go when they first debuted in 1966. The seeds of the hippie counterculture were just starting to make its appearance and having four long haired men playing rock and roll was just the right recipe for girls to fall in love and parents to hate every second of it. The added factor that the show featured no adult figures to stop the boys from pursuing whatever their next crazy antic, also added to their appeal. The timing, the boys themselves and the added factor of no adults helped appeal to the counterculture because it was a show that they could call their own, which is something parents probably didn’t like too much.
The show also played with narrative style. Each episode of the show, as Rosanne Welch points out in her book “Why The Monkees Mattered,” kept the viewers guessing because the show played with a variety of styles. The genre of each episode ranged from rom-coms to surrealist parodies, and it’s due to this that all 58 episodes were different from the next; if something happened in one episode, it was never mentioned in the next week’s show. The show also tried their hand at breaking the fourth wall, which isn’t something that many television creators like doing. Whether it be Micky walking off set to talk to the writers or Davy asking for his line, the show made sure the fans could realize that this isn’t your typical show.
Narratively speaking, the show was unlike anything that people have ever seen before, but that’s not the only thing that The Monkees’ creators did to set them a part from the rest. The show’s story, while not coherent, told the story of four guys just trying to make it into the music industry. It showed their struggles as a band and it had them in situations where they just had to make do and figure it out. It, in a way, helped people see just how much of a real life struggle it could be for musicians to make it big. Yes, while some of the crazy situations they faced wouldn’t be something all bands would deal with, it still helped future bands see that it’s okay to struggle in the cut throat world of music.
One of the most interesting things that the band did during their time on television is after episode segments where fans could get a look into the lives of the actual Mike, Micky, Davy and Peter. While they didn’t happen too often, if an episode ran short the guys would sit down and talk about wide range of topics – some fluff and some actual real-deal questions that gave their political views a chance to take the stage. The most documented and easily found after episode segment being the one where Micky talked about the Sunset riots, uh, demonstrations, saying that journalists only called them riots because riot is a four letter word. It was these types of after segment episodes where fans could really see where the boys were coming from and it gave them a further insight into them as people and not just their character on the show.
The most important out of all of these was the fact that the band practically created music videos, well, early music videos anyways. During each episode of the show, the guys would incorporate some music video-esque segment where they would play their biggest singles at the time. While some related to the episode at hand, others didn’t, yet it was something to look forward to during each episode. It was these music performances filled episodes that helped plant the seeds to what music videos would eventually become.
While the show started off as an idea to recreate the hype of The Beatles, nobody could imagine just how important The Monkees would be during their career. It’s been a little over 50 years since the boys debuted on the small screen and since then they’ve paved the way for other bands to try their hand at the ever evolving music industry. They may have faced some major backlash during their time as a band, but hey hey they’re The Monkees, after all.