Only 60 tickets at £200/$332 each were initially available to the loving public. If you wanted to add the megalithic boxed set to the deal, the price rose commensurately to £322/$524. Currently, half of those seats are still available for the playback event, scheduled for 7 PM, September 25, 2014. Either of these pledges is out of bounds to me as an American, much less a cash-strapped one, but details in the email caught my eye and gave me a bittersweet moment. It’s been said that god is in the details, but that applies to the devil as well. To quote the email itself:
“This will be one of the last times SARM Studios will be open to the public, as there is redevelopment work set for later this year.”
Let’s pause and reflect on that. What is the nature of this redevelopment that will see this state of the art studio change irrevocably? The studio and offices on Basing Street are being divvied up to the ravening maw of the real estate gods. Like in any city, history and tradition will be sacrificed on the altar of luxury condos and business offices. Right now, Mr. Horn is moving his operations to SARM Music Village at nearby Ladbroke Grove where he will be building a new age studio complex heavy on the digital workstations with only a single “first class analogue studio” as a sop to the past. If you don’t want your heart ripped out and chewed on by rats, then I can only say don’t click here.
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