Chandler's Arizona Railway Museum is apparently not equipped to handle the Railroad Revival Tour that will bring Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show to town this month.
So the show has been moved to Tempe instead, according to Hayley Ringle of The Arizona Republic.
The show had been scheduled for April 23 at the museum in Tumbleweed Park (cross streets: Germann and McQueen) but will instead take place in Tempe, on 5th Street between Ash and Farmer.
The tour's founder, Dave Conway, told the Republic that the the tour was moved because of what the paper calls "permit problems with the railroad track in Chandler, which is owned by the museum, as well as capacity and coordination issues."
"We were trying to make a lot of things happen in a place where nobody had done anything like that before," Conway told the paper. "There were just things that were complicated."
That's probably true -- in part. The venue's limitations didn't seem to be a problem to start with, though, however the show's 8,000 tickets have been sold out for weeks. Now, as if by magic, there will be room for 2,000 more people. Tickets for the New Orleans date are selling for $55, which is also what Chandler tickets sold for. If organizers do the same here they'll net an extra $100,000 or so.
Obviously, rather than leave a bunch of cash on the table it made sense to move the show someplace with more room so more tickets could be sold. After all, every extra ticket is cash straight into the promoter's pocket. And, really, who cares about the fans who bought tickets for a smaller show at a cute old museum? Just put 'em in a field next to a random set of rusty tracks and let 'em have fun!
Except the museum, "will still be a part of the local stop," Conway insists. Details of how are sketchy at the moment.
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"Promoting them (the Chandler museum) is still very important, even with the move," Conway told the paper. "Trains and the history of the railroad and history of rail travel are the reason for this whole experience."
Well, that and making money.
"There are so many people out there who want to go," Conway said. "We don't want people to go to ticket resellers."
Sure, especially when you can print more and sell them yourself.