At what point do concert tickets become too expensive?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ricardo1912, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

    May 24, 2010
    I allowed myself to be persuaded out of £45, to see Neil Young, in a concrete cavern, about ten years back. Stood up, for three hours, watching a very similar show to all the others, from the last 25 years. My buddy is a huge fan and, in common with the consensus view, enjoyed a great show. I just felt foolish, for having been susceptible to emotional arguments which I knew had no validity, to me. As others have said, in this thread, I could have bought five great DVDs with that money and avoided the Stock Yard experience.

    A lot of my oldest friends still listen to the music they loved in high school- almost to the exclusion of anything else. They are great consumers of the modern concert experience.. A young generation, who allegedly 'prefer experiences to possessions' (no, I don't buy that, either) are another target group. I don't relate. I'd rather support my local scene, or see a relatively undervalued touring act, in a smaller venue. I could recite a list of my modern favourites and some of my school friends wouldn't recognise a single name.

    I saw all the '60s/'70s bands I wanted to, when they were at their peak. I've been turning down opportunities to re-heat that memory, since about 1985. Bands and singers that I didn't like before, I sure ain't going to see, now.

    I read somewhere, that Glastonbury festival tickets sold out, in 50 minutes, the other day. The last time I was there, in the early '70s, ticket touting was illegal...….:mad:

    I've played, at the bottom of the bill, at some major festivals, which was an interesting experience. Without a shred of originality, I can hazard the opinion that these events reach a critical mass, when the discomfort outweighs the enjoyment. Smaller really is more beautiful.

    I don't begrudge performers the right to re-form their glory bands and pay a few bills. I understand how modern stars have perfected ways of monetising that popularity, while they can. Like a lot of you, I'm not in the target audience and I can't think of anyone I'd like to see, in a big concert environment.
  2. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    They're never too expensive for SOMEONE on this Blue Planet, but IMHO, many of the upper tier bands command prices at the "whatever the market will bear" level. Shameful.

    If one can see the Allman Brothers Band for $30/ticket, why does a Joe Bonamassa gig cost a minimum of $100+ a ticket? Ridiculous.

    Personally speaking, I'll take an Allman Brothers gig over a Joe Bonamassa gig every time.
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  3. jimilee

    jimilee Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 19, 2017

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  4. brianswindall

    brianswindall Tele-Afflicted

    May 6, 2012
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    $75...maybe $100
  5. rolandson

    rolandson Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Jul 14, 2017
    When I have to pay for them myself.

    For nearly 30 years I simply walked into venues on credentials issued by acts I'd worked for. I'd have to go in through the backdoor, but that was always the case. Didn't matter that it wasn't the same act...the creds said "Artist - All Access All Areas"... had my picture and everything...

    So in I could go. That I knew or was acquainted with many of the musicians and crew helped.

    I took my son to a show a few years ago. Good god I had no idea! Ouch.

    But if you think concerts are bad, check out a Broadway show or Broadway Across America performance. It's enough to choke an elephant.

    Ridiculous too.
  6. PCollen

    PCollen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    May 7, 2010
    Man of the World
    Its not that they can't afford's that they don't want to pay that much money for them. I can afford ANY price, but refuse to do so.
  7. Shuster

    Shuster Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 31, 2018
    Bulverde Tx.
    Go back 20 years,,,, then!!:confused:
  8. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 7, 2016
    The fees wear me out more than the prices. Last concert I went to, I walked up to the box office the night of the show and purchased a ticket for $20...PLUS a $10 "convenience charge". WTF?!? I had already driven 20 miles to the show, wanted to the see the show, had friends coming, etc. so I paid it. But there was NOTHING on the venue's website indicating that there would be a FIFTY PERCENT charge for "convenience".
  9. xgritzx

    xgritzx Tele-Meister

    May 20, 2016
    northern VA

    can confirm that graphic. the DC area gets reamed on tix
  10. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Tele-Holic

    Nov 27, 2017
    WI, USA
    Bought two tix for wife and me to see Marc Martel Ultimate Queen Celebration on our Anniversary, September. They were +50, then the fees. Total was about $140. That's the edge of my comfort range,,,btw he and the band were fantastic and I'd go again.

    I paid $125 for my first Paul McCartney concert in 2005. But that's Paul friggin McCartney.

    Mostly I don't go to concerts at all. One band I follow the most come thru town and cost about $25 per ticket. I can handle that.

    Grateful to have lived in Chicago area as a teenager in the 80s. Every tour came through, tickets were cheap, it was good fun.
  11. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 10, 2003
    White Mountains
    It's subjective, in 1968 I refused to pay $4.25 to see Led Zeppelin at the Hampton Beach Casino.
    My allowance was $6.00 a week and I wasn't working because we were on vacation so sorry guys I'm keeping the money.

    I had a chance to see Pink Floyd for free but my new job was so dangerous and scary that I was so traumatized after the first day that I quit and spent that night (The Concert) puking my brains out. I think
    this was in 1991 so I think Roger Waters was already gone.

    Today...ah today I'd pay to see Pat Metheny or Tommy Emmanuel or JALC.
  12. mark53

    mark53 TDPRI Member

    Oct 23, 2006
    the bronx
    Here in NYC things are pretty expensive but my buds and I have been going to the Iridium. Saw Popa Chubby, John Mayall got Coco Montoya and Carl Palmer coming up. Holds about 75 people or so decent bar food and beer. Tickets run 30 to 90 bucks. Trying to go as much as possible because small venues usually don't last here. I hope they survive, nothing like seeing a show so close you can talk to the artist.
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  13. Mick Sullivan

    Mick Sullivan TDPRI Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    United Kingdom
    Bonamassa is playing a show close to me in April of next year. Tickets are £130. I mean, gimme strength, that’s Rolling Stones money. It costs around £50 to go see a Premier League football match, concert tickets should fall in line with that IMHO.

    Rhiannon Giddens in the same venue: £27.30

    It’s perplexing.
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  14. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    Eagles toured here before Glen Frey passed away, $500 AUD for front row and booklets, cushioned chairs, Rolling Stones the same, Elton John about to tour $510 AUD and that's a bit to the side in a park. Meet and greet, if the artists do it, $1,000 AUD.
    In short, too much for the average person to go. I know their overheads as a friend of my son is in the industry, planes, crews, equipment, scaffolding , meals , rooms in hotels but seriously look at some of these people's net worth on Google.
    You really have to love the band or artist to pay those amounts. I'd only pay that for queen if Freddy was alive.
    Glad I saw all the big names, some twice in a lifetime, when ticket prices were realistic. Youtube and the internet has cut off record, CD, DVD sales so performers have to make their money at the gate.
    Our geographic position ( and New Zealand's) means they can charge whatever they want, and they do.
  15. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jun 28, 2019
    left coast
    I quit going to see concerts a long time ago ,
    standing room only , too much $$$$ to pay for the privilege of being uncomfortable, etc. etc.

    the last shows that I regularly attended were at the Mabuhay Gardens on Broadway in the 70's.
    on a very rare occasion I'll take the bus down to gilman street and go to GILMAN STREET, for a little home grown garage live entertainment.
    The 72, 72M buses stop at Gilman st. and half a block from my infamous dwelling place (Hotel Derelict). Learning the charms of the east-bay has its advantages
  16. beejay493

    beejay493 TDPRI Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    tyne and wear uk
    I object to paying good money to look at someone's phone held up in my eyeline,while we're on the subject......
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  17. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2018
    Philadelphia, PA
    Of course, what this means is that I am old. When I was 25 I was happy to stand in the mosh pit, or to be part of some arena-rock spectacle.
  18. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Plundertown (Gasville) OR
    I just bought us a couple tickets to see the Del Coury Band at a small-town theater venue. $45 apiece, and there was a "fee" of $15 on the whole transaction. I'm assuming the fee is from and for the ticket seller hired by the venue to handle the advance ticket concession. I assume also that the $45 will go to the band and the house, according to whatever agreement they have.

    I'm fine with all this, more than fine, fee and all. It's not the same as the ticket-outlet scalpers do, which is to broker tickets--whether they bought them in bulk, reserved them, or just bought them from the venue as they were purchased by the end user, the butt for the seat--for as much money as the market will bear. That "service" benefits no one, and it seems to have come to the point of saturation with some shows, to where the tickets aren't available any other way.

    Edit: I would bet that the owners of these digital scalping companies are old rockers just like us, with all the same stories about attending great free or cheap concerts in their youth. They should all choke.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2019
  19. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 18, 2016
    Patterson, NY
    Great club. Is there a specific reason you're concerned about them surviving? The Iridium's been around since 1994, originally at 63rd St. and CPW then moving to it's current location on Broadway in 2004. That's 25 years and, as you point out, that's long for NYC.
  20. SAguitar

    SAguitar Tele-Meister

    Feb 7, 2014
    It was probably about 20 years ago when the prices got up to where I didn't want to part with that sum to see an act in a room that didn't sound great. I'd rather buy the CD or DVD and play it whenever I want to. I grew up in the 60's in California when prices ranged from free to cheap, and everybody who was anybody was playing everywhere. Good times.
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