“A moment of silence, please,” said John Soeder in Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer, “for arena rock.” It may not be dead yet, but “some experts” think it will be soon. When Bruce Springsteen and “other consistently top-grossing road warriors hang up their guitars for good,” there probably won’t “be enough younger artists to fill the void on the arena circuit.” We won’t miss “the high-priced tickets,” but we will miss “the communal experience.”
It is sad that, “in terms of scale, the same heights may never be reached again,” said Ethan Stanislawski in Prefixmag.com. But there is an upside: This will likely “herald the return of the smaller club,” which will give music fans the opportunity to experience live music in more intimate settings.
Why would they want to do that? said the blog Kings of A&R. “Today’s artists cannot make a genuine connection with the audience,” which is why arena rock is dying in the first place. It’s doubtful that “new artists like Coldplay, Dave Matthews, and Radiohead” could ever have the “same longevity as the classic rockers.” But to be fair, people have “more entertainment options” nowadays, so that might have something to do with arena rock’s death, too.