It's quickly becoming 'the rage now', as they used to say in decades past. More and more artists are jumping on this new trendy bandwagon (or should we say 'boatwagon') and spicing up their live performances with a little scenic ambiance and of course some sun tan lotion. Concert cruises are gaining popularity, and these aren't your average around the harbor, blues and booze nights on the water either. We're talking full-fledged trips to fun locations, as in taking a vacation kind of trip....and oh yeah, hanging out with a cool band while you're at it.
The 70,000 Tons of Metal and Barge to Hell cruises have been leading the way for the past few years and last year Rockstar Mayhem Festival also announced that it would be taking it's own carnival of chaos to the seas. Each announced trips to exotic locations in The Bahamas and The Caribbean. The impressive itinerary includes several live performances, Q&A sessions, lectures, personal events and more with some of the biggest names in metal. Unfortunately, the Mayhem cruise had to be cancelled which the organizers said was 'due to circumstances beyond our control' but the others were able to make successful trips. No word yet on whether they will make another attempt this year.
If you're thinking that it sounds like fun but you don't like metal, don't you worry. Radio darlings Matchbox Twenty are planning an aquatic foray of their own this December with special guests Goo Goo Dolls. Paramore has also announced a pop-punk outing with friends like Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Shiny Toy Guns, which sets sail just in time for Spring Break 2014.
If you're thinking now that it sounds expensive, it is. Then again it is above and beyond an average cruise, but whether its worth breaking the piggy bank or not is entirely up to you, dear readers. All aboard that's going aboard.