If by flop you mean going platinum seven weeks after the release, then, yes - the album was a flop. I hope all my favorite bands flop like they did.
But I agree with you that seeing them in a smaller venue would be very cool.
haha that actually did make me laugh out loud.
If there was a town near me I'd go. I honestly love the band, haven't listened to them in awhile, but hell, I still love it.