Sunday, March 31, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TEAM JOHNNY DARE LAMENTS: KANSAS CITY REALLY DOESN'T CARE IF ROCKFEST IS CANCELLED!!!
Rockfest at the Speedway sucked as low attendance and low energy seemingly drained the last bit of life out of the tradition.
Fact is, the time for RockFest has passed.
Here's the closest thing to an official explanation . . .
"In 2019, it was announced that Rockfest would be postponed until 2020. No official announcement was made regarding the postponement aside from a brief spot on the radio station and on Facebook, confusing many and giving rise to rumors. The primary reason cited by organizers is that the costs the bands charge to perform is too high, which is an issue that has been seen with other music festivals."
Translation . . .
JOHNNY DARE AND 98.9 CAN NO LONGER GARNER A BIG ENOUGH AUDIENCE TO SUPPORT ROCKFEST AMID THE DECLINE OF TERRESTRIAL RADIO!!! THEIR REACH HAS CLEARLY DECLINED!!!
A recent tweet on the topic cuts to the core but offers an important reality check for a local hard rock audience that has been graying for years . . .
"All of the Rockfest lineups look great this year and the Kansas City one is going to be, like, mediocre old dude bands and local groups that all sound like my middle school emo phase."
That was just a hint of cynicism before the postponement announcement.
And so, just as we predicted . . .
THERE IS NO SALVATION IN THE SUBURBS.
Finally, the point of this post is that, behind the scenes, fans shouldn't expect a triumphant return of the fest according to Team Johnny Dare as the longtime local talker keeps hinting at his departure from the airwaves.
And every party, no matter how loud, proud and defiant . . . Must come to an end.