Once again The Gazette is bringing up lack of entertainment in Billings. I, for one, think the powers that be and the county commissioners do a fine job with national acts. Obviously, The Gazette cares nothing about the older acts, the ones who paved the way for this new breed of music. If Mel Tillis hadn't canceled, he would have sold out. Did someone from The Gazette attend any of the Merle Haggard concerts at Alberta Bair? All sold out.
I was at The Band Perry concert. Was The Gazette? It was not sold out. Then the newspaper brings up Paul McCartney and why we don't get him. He's 71 years old, and by the way, I would love to see him, too. His last hit was when?
The Gazette is right; we are not in a tour stop area. We are in Montana. If The Gazette has ever been involved with booking national acts, routing is a huge key; money is another. It's not as easy to get acts here as in other areas of our country.
So, I applaud Rimrock Arena for what they get, and I'll go when I can, but don't put down Mel and Merle or Kenny. Fans who see them are good for Billings. There will always be a market for them regardless of when their last hit was. In 20 years, no one will even remember the current flashes in the pan. I don't even want to get started on Blake Shelton. Just concentrate on putting a good paper out.