Speculating the Walmart Shareholders music for 2012

May 14th, 2012 at 8:03 am

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I’m picking up good vibes about the potential Walmart Shareholders’ roster I just compiled. Above, The Beach Boys play “Good Vibrations.” Are they coming to Fayetteville? Maybe. Maybe not.

More than one person has asked me who is playing at the upcoming Walmart Shareholders’ meeting, which takes place June 1 at Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

The answer? I don’t know, but I have some ideas.

Walmart’s trend is to bring in artists who have ties to the world’s largest retailer, often as exclusive CD deals or other partnerships. Generally speaking, Walmart brings in several performers for their actual meeting and several more during the week preceding the meeting, which is closed to the public. While you won’t be able to waltz into the Shareholders’ meeting, Walmart has in the past several years allowed the public into the precursors to the actual event, usually on the Tuesday and Wednesday (in this case, May 29-30) before Shareholders.

They always bring in big names, too — last year’s roster for the public included Lady Antebellum and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band.

Here are some prime suspects for 2012, although it’s hard to say which ones might perform before for the public and which will be inside the confines of the Shareholders’ meeting.

Hank Williams Jr. — Sure, he was just in Fayetteville a few weeks ago, but Walmart primarily books for the national an international crowd, not for us. Plus, he has an exclusive Walmart CD.

Aerosmith — I made this prediction a couple years ago, too. Walmart has pretty close ties to the ‘American Idol‘ franchise, and with Steven Tyler judging that competition it seems natural that the band might want a tune up before it goes on tour with Cheap Trick a couple weeks after the Walmart dates.

• The ‘Idol’ winner — Every year, Walmart brings in the winner of ‘American Idol’ and there is no reason to think they won’t this year. The competition ends just before the Shareholders’ event, making the timing perfect.

The Band Perry — Walmart loves country music (previous Shareholder guests include Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and more) and The Band Perry just formed a new anti-hunger campaign with the retailer.

The Beach Boys — We can dream big, right? Because, remember, money is of no concern to Walmart. As it happens, the Beach Boys are releasing a new album and going on tour. And, wouldn’t you know it? They have an exclusive album, too. However, it should be noted their schedule looks pretty busy on those dates, although Walmart has flown performers in quickly before.

  • Lance Davis

    Ticketmaster has listed the concerts as the following: Carrie Underwood & special guest on Tuesday May 29th at 7:00 PM and Aerosmith & Cheap Trick on Wednesday May 30th at 7:00 PM. I searched Ticketmaster on Saturday and they said tickets went “on sale” on Sunday May 13th at 8:00 PM. The concert is already showing as sold out on Ticketmaster. I’m not sure if tickets are required for admittance. In the past these shows have always been priority seating for shareholders & Wal-Mart employees but were open to the public after the priority seating had gained entry. Is this something new that Wal-Mart is doing to keep the riff raff out and only allow employees and shareholders in? I certainly hope the show isn’t really sold out.

    • http://www.nwatunedin.com/ Kevin Kinder

      A nice find, Lance, and thank you for sharing. I’ll put in a call to Walmart today to try to wrestle some details out of them. I agree – I hope the shows are not sold out to the general public.

      • Lance Davis

        Upon further inspection on the Ticketmaster website it looks like that the event may not be entirely sold out. The tickets available were just for Wal-Mart associate as a pre-sale & I’m assuming (& hoping) this was for a small # of alloted tickets. Hopefully, that will not include all seating.

        As hush hush as this event has been this year then I doubt shareholders and associates could’ve sold out both concerts overnight at 17,000 seats per event. There has been almost no advertising of the events locally or online. So unless Wal-Mart has enacted a “keep it quiet” rule amongst it’s associates and supplied them with a password to access the pre-sale on Ticketmaster then I would think some seating will still be available.

        • http://www.nwatunedin.com/ Kevin Kinder

          I’m with you on your assessment. Hopefully I have an official response from Walmart by the end of the day.

    • Mel

      Each associate lucky enough to get tickets was allowed to get up to 4 tickets.. So that means only 25% of the people going are actual employees.. My husband and I are long time emloyees and didn’t even get a chance because we were working when they went on sell.. yep pretty sucky!! As far as i know yes it is really sold out:( so plenty of “riff raff” as you say are going…

  • McKenzie

    My father works at the home office of Sam’s Club, and the tickets are already sold out :’( Not even all of the shareholders managed to get tickets it seems…

  • Desirae

    Hate to waaaa but I’m so disappointed to the point of flippen really angry. It was so exciting to find out I would be able to get
    Carrie underwood tickets I love her music.
    But then it was OH JUST KIDDING I feel so
    jerked around. I’m gratefull for my job but I did not like this AT ALL. Will People be scalpping tickets there.

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  • Shawna

    All the tickets are sold out. I called the home office this morning and was inforned that all tickets were gone in 15 min. I work for sams and did =d not get the email about the change of times that the tickets would go on sale. I’ll be their for the scalping. I will see them both.

    • http://www.nwatunedin.com/ Kevin Kinder

      I don’t see many for sale, but $50 seems to be the going offer on Craigslist.

  • blank

    my whole store…right down the street from the arena didnt get tickets. we were told they would be on sale at a certain date and time but went out the day before apparently. So not one single ticket went to my store. this seem similiar with every other surrounding store assosiate i have talked too. So its not even for the ass. My assumption was they were given to the shareholders that are coming into town. Looks like walmart screwed its actual workers over.

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  • annette

    what about the shareholders that love here and still dont get tickets, doesnt seem right