houston4044 wrote:Going on from Beardy's point, if BG still haven't sold out a one off show at the forum a year after going on sale then clearly the demand isn't there. If money was an issue you'd have had a year to save up, if most people who claimed to be massive fans of theirs (which by the sounds of it is they have a small but vocal fanbase) would travel for the event. The forum holds a few thousand, minus all the fans who can't make it that particular day then you get the image that it's a case of the demand isn't that great in terms of number of people; so therefore should get a slot at BOA more befitting that, say 4th/5th?
Comparing Blind Guardian to last year's special guests, I think Carcass, Amon Amarth and certainly Dimmu would struggle to sell out the Forum as well. BG has less pulling power than the other 2 special guests this year, but have the advantage of being something of a rarity in the UK (all the will have done since BOA 08 is 2 gigs in London), which would elevate them above the similarly sized Cannibal Corpse on the line up. 4th or 5th is way too low down, as they're far more of a draw than the likes of Ensiferum, Sepultura etc.
I understand the point about Avantasia being given the special guest slot, and only getting a think crowd, suggesting that power metal doesn't have a massive fan base at BOA, but Blind Guardian got a sizeable crowd in 08 and would do the same this year imo. A band like Gamma Ray, despite being big in power metal circles, would only be able to command a slot of about 4th on the bill at BOA, but Blind Guardian are more popular among the BOA crowd and could pull the special guest slot off imo. Certainly if Dimmu can still get the special guest slot, then Blind Guardian can also.