There is a long tradition of rock posters that are challenging to read. Take a look at some of the stuff that Moscoso did for the Family Dog in 1967, for example FD-51, FD-68, FD-75 & FD-86. And those were promotional posters, intended to get people to buy tickets for the shows. I like this poster a lot.
Unfortunately, you already know what this poster is SUPPOSED to say, so there is no way to take a fresh virgin look at it. YOu are welcome to think what you want, Seabury and I see it otherwise, according to his post. Enough
Be honest, If this was shoved in your face, with no idea what it was about, you would know the date, maybe Denver but I doubt it. The Pearl Jam, still don't really see it. I do like the art though and Klausen's work.
The poster works, IF, you already know what is going on. As you state, it's easy to find out where Pearl Jam is. But not from this poster. Sorry, I like the depiction, but can't read most of it. Like Klausen's work also.
Thankyou for the explanation, makes all the sense in the world.
I was unaware of the non promotional use of the poster. As I stated, it is artistically a nice poster. I don't like pearl jam so it is all academic from that perspective.
Pearl Jam play big corporate owned arenas...like the verizon center or the pepsi center...and being that these posters are sold day of show and not used as promotion, i have no desire to ruin a piece fo art by including corporate advertising.
Hence the absence of the venue name
Every concert poster should clearly state necessary info. THAT is it's purpose. If you did not know in advance what this was supposed to say, you would not know, except for the date. No venue noted at all.