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Monday, November 16

Guy Fieri On His Still-Not-Sold-Out Roadshow

Tickets for the Guy Fieri Road Show, a 21-stop, 30 day "concert-style cooking tour" featuring Fee-Eddie himself that kicks off tomorrow in Lowell, MA, went on sale in September. According to his website, none of the dates have sold out.

To use one of my hated, ever-present food puns... did Guy bite off more than he can chew?!?!


Onstage with Guy will be L.A.'s DJ Cobra and— alert Sandra Lee — a 6-foot-tall, 25-gallon margarita maker.

"The show is about, if you love food like I love food and you're into the world of food like I'm into the world of food, then why shouldn't there be a food-a-palooza? Why shouldn't there be a food thing? We get together, we bring some other chefs in. We make food, we tell stories about food, we talk about 'Diners Drive-ins and Dives,' we cook food, we make some drinks, we have some laughs, we pull some antics and we just have a food concert." Guy told Pop Eater.

"Besides seeing your favorite person on TV, when do you ever get to see them live, see them real? That's the point. See it live, see it real."

Paula Deen tried her hand at a food tour several years ago, albeit on a much smaller scale. And if I remember correctly, it did not sell as well as expected.

Could it be that food fans, even the most devout Guy-lovers (who are they?), still don't want to spend $250 for an "Off tha Hook" package including stage seating and the chance to sample the goods?

Giant food festivals like the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and other smaller, more regional fests in other cities make sense for celebrity chefs to appear at. They're a big draw, but not the only attraction. You have to REALLY like Guy to shell out this kind of money... and if you're only paying for nosebleeds, is it really worth it just to see him "live, see it real" in a giant stadium?

I guess I will never understand.

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6 Comments:

At 11/16/2009 4:28 PM , Blogger Charles said...

Ugh! I can't stomach him on television, why would I PAY to see him in person? Are there truly Die Hard Fee-edy fans? That's like saying people actually are Die Hard Aida fans. It doesn't add up.

"we talk about 'Diners Drive-ins and Dives"....ummmm no thanks, GUY.

 
At 11/16/2009 4:30 PM , Blogger Alec Smart said...

You know when this guy first came on FN, we wasn't too bad to watch as his ego had yet to inflate.

His work on Diners,Drive-Ins and Dives actually endear him to some. What he does on that show is good for small business. He may even propel people into opening their owns dining dumps.

What happened to Phee-Etti after year one is best left to social scientists to decipher.

I think it might be understood that FN greed mongers got involved and this is one reason why he has become untolerable most of the time. In short, while others handle celebrity well and don't develop huge ego problems this has not happened with Mr.Ferry.

Why anyone would fork out $250.00 for custom package with this guy is beyond comprehension.

As some Fieri fans have been labelled feeble minded, I can see how some would be attracted to an event this.

 
At 11/16/2009 9:48 PM , Blogger Lana said...

I saw his show at the Food & Music Fest in California - it was something of a run-up for the Road Show. A kinda practice gig, shooting t-shirts from an air gun, gratuitous sexy chicks on stage, pork en fuego, camera men, jumbotron, rock blaring from speakers, blah blah blah. Watched for a few moments from front row, then back stage, then split to watch a calm and much more interesting Bobby Flay demo. lol

But the some 200+ people who stayed there to watch went ABSOLUTELY freakin' berserk. They loved it, grinnin' from ear to ear, practically slobbering, and Guy had 'em eatin' outta his hand. (figuratively speaking, of course).

I totally give him credit for being able to read & rile up a crowd.

But yeah. The show isn't selling out - they're givin' away tickets now. They should have gone with 1200 - 1500 seat venues.

 
At 11/17/2009 10:26 PM , Blogger Lalala said...

C'mon, Guy. You can have fun but still be a little classy at the same time.

Let's start by being clean shaven, wearing sunglasses only when there is sun, and not talking when the mouth is full.

 
At 11/20/2009 12:41 PM , Blogger Alexander said...

Perhaps you don't like him because you feel threatened by Guy. He has a popular show, good ratings and is a family man.
And you are a fag.

 
At 11/21/2009 7:19 PM , Blogger Exhibit A said...

I saw Paula a few years ago, and she was awesome. She joked about Giada's cleavage, and she gave us food.

 

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