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...…. 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.