At what point do concert tickets become too expensive?

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  1. RottenTheCat

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    In Fl, we have no scalping laws. So, concerts for big names get sucked dry of tickets in minutes.
    Couple of years ago... Cheapest Who tix were $850 in the nose-bleed section.
    Ended up sending the ol lady to Louisville for the show, $65 seat in first mezzanine. She had a car, planefare, hotel and meals for less than $850
     
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    I remember when I thought $15 was ridiculous to see The Doobie Brothers with an unheard of, at that time, Steely Dan.

    But I did shell out $20 to see Santana warm up for Clapton. Might have paid $25 to see Little Feat with Lowell George.

    Can't imagine paying $250 or more to see Clapton, Stones or the Eagles.

    I can buy a bunch of CD's/DVD's and not have to deal with the crowds, parking and big food and drink prices too. Plenty of live footage on the major acts.

    On a trip to Nashville. I saw some great acts for cheap like the Wooten Brothers and Brent Mason.

    The Wooten's were playing a small jazz club. Cost a couple of drinks.
     
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    I thought it was ridiculous 10 years ago when I paid $100 for a nosebleed seat for Van Halen. If it was something like that - something I love that may never happen again - I would do it.
    Otherwise, it just isn't worth it to me.
     
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  4. Mike Eskimo

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    Detroit is 25th on that list, so basically right in the middle, but that is totally erroneous because that’s not based on as many shows/acts as the average big city on that list.

    What I mean is 50% of the big tours play either Cleveland or Toronto and then Chicago (or vice versa) and - completely skip Detroit.

    Smaller/mid-level acts are even worse.


    But how much would I pay? Completely depends on the act.

    Bonamassa ? Probably $.13 at the absolute most .

    Radiohead ? $100

    Brian Jones’s skellington, dressed up in mod clothes and operated by marionette strings ?

    Whatever they charge , I want the VIP meet and greet !

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    Around 25 years ago, I'd say. I saw very few big shows between, um, 1995 and 2017, when I saw U2.

    I will never, ever pay what I paid to see U2 on the Joshua Tree anniversary tour again. I don't care who it is.
     
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    It is not so much how expensive they are. At least around here, they are that expensive due to the resalers ... who I've heard are trained by the ticket distributors.

    Why would the ticket distributors train them? Here is the crux of the biscuit .... the ticket distributors charge 40% fees to those who purchase from these resalers. So a $1,000 floor seat ticket (which originally only cost say $300, but has a lot of nice benefits to make it worth $1,000 to buyers), will cost the purchaser $1,400.

    I just can't get myself to pay the ticket companies a $400 fee for them providing the resale service.

    I guess the market will bear what it is willing to bear. If I wanna play the game, I gotta play by the rules. So I guess if I want those tickets bad enough, I'll pay whatever fee.
     
  7. 985plowboy

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    Above $40-$50 is about where I'd stop being interested.
    I spent $80 per on Avett Brothers balcony seats for Valentine's one year. It was a good concert.

    I understand I am way off the current pricing schemes.
     
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    Here is the article.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ticket...eveals-company-profiting-from-resold-tickets/

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    Wearing hidden cameras, journalists from the Toronto Star and CBC posed as scalpers at a major live entertainment conference in Las Vegas in July. That's where they found Ticketmaster representatives appearing to pitch a company-owned resale platform used by ticket scalpers.

    "They have a secret scalper program that they don't talk about in any corporate reports," said CBC investigative reporter Dave Seglins. He's one of the reporters who went undercover as a ticket broker from Toronto. "What we discovered is they are selling something called TradeDesk, which is an online system….It's purposely designed for professional scalpers. It helps manage large inventories."
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    Thankfully, I've seen my last big arena show. When you combine cost, inconsiderate people with no idea of what civility, good manners and behavior mean, then it is no longer worth it to me. Buy the DVD of your favorite acts and enjoy them whenever you like. That being said, I might go to a show if I'm allowed a cattle prod.
     
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    +1, We're lucky to live in an area where there are also plenty of small venues with plenty of live music. On any given week/weekend there's at least 5-6 places we can see local/regional bands as well as more famous artists when they're touring in the area and have a night open on their schedules. A few of them have Saturday and Sunday brunch deals with no cover where for the price of a burger deluxe plate or an omelette you also get a full show of bluegrass, singer-songwriters, gospel, jazz, etc. I've never been disappointed and the food is actually good vs. the usual grill stuff from a lot of clubs.
     
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    I won't go into specifics in case they are on here but recently I knew of someone who paid for the VIP meet and greet to discover he was the only one, half hour one to chat with his hero.

    It depends. A good festival line up covering a bunch of acts also a different consideration. But by and large anything over £50 per ticket probably wouldn't get the credit card out. I'm not keen on the enormodome gigs and I am blessed with a few really good mid sized venues not far away.
    Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets were £30 per ticket this year.
    I go to the odd comedy gig as well, rarely over £10 even for people who get on TV.
     
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    They already have in my opinion. I haven't seen anything less than $150 around here for a well-known performer. Even the local scene is $40 and once you factor in the parking, drinks, etc. it has become too much for this poor working-class guy.

    Too be honest, I haven't seen a great concert in years anyway. I think large venues kill production value and the show ends up being full of too many distractions (jerk climbing over you to get to the bar, traffic, waiting in lines, etc) to be able to enjoy it. I did enjoy the Springsteen concert a few years back and there has been a couple of Jimmy Buffett outings that I had a good time at, but too many others left me cold.

    I like small venue shows these days, more intimate the better. Places like the Zoo Bar in Lincoln where you are hard-pressed to get 75 people in the place yet still get to see high price talent on stage. That is where I spend my time and money these days.
     
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    May I re-phrase your question? "How much must they pay ME to get me to go to one of their ridiculously staged performances?" I once enjoyed these "tribal gatherings", and would pay my own money to participate, but no longer. About the only shows I would go to now would be Steve Winwood or Ringo's All Starr Band, both of which I've seen recently at Winstar Casino.....and both of which STARTED at a reasonable time, and ENDED at a reasonable time, and had excellent sound. And yeah.....I'm getting old and cranky! ;)
     
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    I haven't ever gone to a show that cost more than $65 a ticket, so I guess that's when I hit my max. Been lots of shows I've wanted to go to over the past 20 years but balked when I heard/saw the price and said heck no. The only way I'd pay $200 for a ticket would be if Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek came back from the dead and the Doors did a reunion tour. I'd see that.

    When I first started going to concerts it was about $4 for a regular arena show and I remember my first Day on the Green costing $7.
     
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    That’s about what I paid for two tickets to see Joe a couple of years ago. Took my dad for his birthday. Worth every penny and I’d do it again.

    I’ve paid more than that for shows that involved travel and accommodations, also worth it (Soundgarden + NIN, Roger Waters performing The Wall). But I wouldn’t pay that for just any show. I guess “It depends”....
     
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    This summer I paid $10 per ticket to see a local Salsa band and $87 per ticket to see Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Both worth every penny. I recently paid $102.50 per ticket for tickets to see Boz Scaggs and I expect this show to be excellent and also worth every penny. I don't go to large venues anymore, not so much because of the cost but because of the horrible and LOUD sound systems, and expect to pay a higher price for quality shows at smaller venues.
     
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    I stick to small venues. Over $100 is a no. $50-100 I'll consider who it is, etc., under $50 yes. So I mostly see unknowns, or not well knowns, up and coming bands/artists, etc.
    As far as the $300, $500 and up tickets....nobody is THAT good IMO. I can do an awful lot of fun things with that kind of money. Hell I can take my other half on a 5 night cruise in the Caribbean for that kind of money.

    I have noted also that shows seem to be a lot shorter than back in the day. I've heard from friends about hour, hour and a half shows, one encore, and out. So ~$2-500 an hour to see someone play live? Double for my other half? No thanks.
     
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    I paid $28 each ticket for LeeAnn Womack last night and felt after like I owed another thousand dollars. Beyond cool.

    Like Uriah says, the best music is in the clubs and small venues. The only exceptions I make are a $150 ticket to Over the Rhine's farm or twice that for Telluride, but those are days of fabulous music.
     
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    $40.
     
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    Don't bother, saw him live a while back and it was monumentally tedious.Guy I was with actually went to sleep.
     
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