To the untrained ear, "Smooth Operator" crooner Sade's million selling comeback this year must seem mind boggling. How can a 80s pop star who had been out of the public eye for a decade go number 1 right out of the box?
Think of Sade as the 21st century Neil Diamond, who also frequently tops the charts these days. Who buys Cds in 2010? Middle aged folks with kids and mortgages who need a stress buster for the commute home so they can prepare themselves for whatever madness awaits them at home. As Alicia Keys and Norah Jones only make so many records, Sade's "Soldier Of Love" album was a welcome addition to smooth radio playlists and their listeners.
What's less understandable is why Sade thinks $153, $103 and $53 tickets are reasonable to this demographic -especially in these hard economic times. After fees, parking and a few Bud Lights, a date night with Sade will run between $150- $400. Ouch.
Will this show makes it past the on-sale? Will enough suburbanites forgo yoga class/tennis lessons/paying the light bill in order to pay for a pair of tickets to an event that happens next July? Or will Live Nation cancel the show by March and scale the tour back drastically? Stay tuned.