Now that the White Stripes have canceled their tour, I’m wondering if the demand for actually good rock music has outstripped supply. I’ve always suspected that audiences would be better off if twelve-dollar bands just played twelve dollar venues, but now it’s clear that such limits might be better for the artists, too. After all, the skills required to melt faces in a small club are largely different from those it takes to put on a good area show, and it’s a rare band indeed that can make the transition gracefully.
Excess demand isn’t pretty. Maybe bands like the White Stripes should franchise out to tribute groups, allowing more simultaneous small-room shows, with premium prices for “The Original” White Stripes. Either that, or we’re going to have to start drilling for rock in our national wilderness areas.