We’ve been to some electrifying concerts in our day, but The Scrapbook is holding out little hope for a 13-city tour the entertainment firm Live Nation announced this week: “An Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Like a reunion tour of fading ’80s rockers, the shows are likely to attract groupies and hardcore fans, but don’t expect casual observers to spring for the tickets, which are going for between $50 and $375. No word on whether there are backstage passes or what such VIP credentials might grant access to.
The evenings, Live Nation says, will “feature joint on stage conversations with the two leaders sharing stories and inspiring anecdotes that shaped their historic careers in public service, while also discussing issues of the day and looking towards the future.” Sounds like a rollicking good time, huh? But really—what sort of Solomonic wisdom can we expect from a pair who’ve been on our TV screens for the last quarter-century? How many cons will the Clintons inflict on America—the massive unreadable memoirs that fetch million-dollar advances, the high-dollar commencement addresses—before their fans realize they’re being swindled to support this obnoxious pair’s globetrotting lifestyle?
A few more, we gather.
The series kicks off on November 18 in Sin City (no, really) and then stretches interminably, like the Whitewater paper trail, for another six months. The Clintons will mostly hit left-wing bastions where people abhor Donald Trump’s fibs but don’t mind paying to hear the Clintons’: Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Washington, Boston.
Oh, and Detroit. At last, Hillary will get to spend time in Michigan.