So thanks to everyone, again, I can't stress how thankful I am in your support by joining.
I want to point out that we can argue all we want on FOBR with otherwise sway-less people, but as the deadline for AA to send us the information we've requested has pretty much come up and we've yet to receive anything... it's time to take this up a notch.
Earlier on the FC twitter blog, the request was made for us (as a fanbase) to come up with issues that we are having so that they may be addressed.
Now. We cannot put anymore emphasis on the fact that we are not here to harp on the band. DO NOT--I repeat--DO. NOT. Make this an issue of band matters; i.e. Where tours are scheduled, where secret shows are done, promotional material and events provided by the band via Island Records or out of the goodness of their own hearts. We are in no way upset with any of the band members--what we ARE upset about is the fact that AA is providing (or not providing, rather) these "services", "packages", "events", "goodies", "add-ons" or whatever else they might be referred to, in the name of the band.
We realize that high gas prices, other minor effects of inflation, and cost of this recent promotion for the new album will no doubt have a striking effect on prices for shows now and in the future. We saw this with Warped Tour here in the US this summer and it was a big issue among the bands traveling and performing. We're on the edge of a recession on the financial markets here in the states, and looking at the BIG picture, the rest of the world is on edge about everything as well. We want to make it clear that among all of the other grievances we have with AA/OCK, the number one issue is the AUS/NZ VIP sales that were supposedly by OCKs, FOR OCKs, and now are for everyone who can afford it. I personally do not feel my value as a fan should be in direct proportion to the money I spend on a band, and I hope that the rest of you see and feel this same way to some extent or you wouldn't be here.
We need to get a solid list together, to present it.
And we need to do it before the end of this week.
Please head to one of these two posts (issues raised
and detailed experiences
)to express your personal grievances with AA/OCK, or to raise issues of concern that we might have overlooked. It does not matter what country you are from, it does not matter if you are an OCK or not, it does not matter if you plan on being one in the future or not. All that matters is that you love Fall Out Boy, you do not want to see this overcharging and devaluing happening to the fanbase, and that you are a member of this community.
That last one is kinda necessary. :D
Thanks again, everyone.
Also, don' be afraid to get the word out. Pick up the banner
and get it out there! Ask around! Talk to your fellow FOB fans!