¡Dame Mas Gasolina!

The touring life: It's a gas. (Linda Davidson/TWP)

What's that Bloc Party lyric? "The price of gas keeps on rising/Nothing comes for free."

Of course, their song is a sneering anti-war, anti-capitalism, anti-American screed, but who's counting?

This not just in: The price of gas is up, up, up.

This story in Sunday's dead-tree product looks at the impact that gas prices are having on the concert biz. (Occasional WaPo contributor Steve Knopper considers the trend nationally in a Rolling Stone story.)

Some touring bands are struggling to break even, and ticket sales are apparently down, too.

"A lot of kids can't drive out to shows anymore because gas is too expensive," said Jacob Seaton of B'more's Sawhorse.

Said Black Cat owner Dante Ferrando: "People are picking and choosing between shows because money's tighter for everyone."

So how 'bout you? Are you cutting back on concert tickets? Cutting back on those quick, music-related trips to Baltimore and Philadelphia? Canceling that trip to the Saratoga Music Festival with Dylan, Levon, Steve Earle, Conor Oberst, et al?

Quick poll below.

If there are specific shows that you've skipped - or will be skipping - because of gas prices, we'd love to hear about them in the comments section.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  July 7, 2008; 8:19 AM ET Concerts
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