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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 06:05 AM
Well were into the fall concert season fine time for some of the bloody bloakes from the the UK to come over to colonies and rape and pillage our bank accounts.

The so called super groups know as The Rolling Stones and The Who have hired the promoters promoter Michael Cohl to extract as much money as possible from these shores.

Lets start with the Stones Prices starting at $97.00 a so called on stage experience at $502.00 where you stand on the side of the stage and wach Mick run around for 2 hours.
Hot seat packages staring at $360.00 and going to $600.00 depending on location.
Vip experience staring at $450.00 and going to god knows where from there.
Greed naw the lads have to make an honest living.
Cant even calulate what the gross is per concert they are playing football stadiums
Thought these geezers were going to retire so went to see them last year at Fenway Park so they must going to retire now so foolishly bought more tickets to see them at Foxboro Ma.
Does anyone know a good psychrist I think I'm going to need one real soon.

Now The bloody Who not quite as bad as the Stones but I'm sure Mr. Townsend and company won't have to worry about their retirement after this tour.
Prices statring at $97.50 floor seats at $202.00 hot seats at $350.00 VIP packages starting at $450.00. Reasonable compared to the Stones you say.

Wait till you hear this hope your sitting down Barbra Streisand aka Babs under the direction and tutalage of you got it Michael Cohl didnt want to be out done by these geezers from the UK sets the gold standard for greed
Well lets see. Lets start on the top on this one VIP packages at $2500.00 thats not a misprint almost fell off my chair when i got the e-mail on this one
Hot seats starting at $1000.00 and going to $1800.00 regular seats topping out at $750.00 As you can imagine plenty of good seats still available. Poor Babs not doing so well at the box office what a shame.

If ever there was a reincarnation of the devil its Michael Cohl. He has convinced these acts that the streets are paved with gold in the US and were ripe for the picking.

Im sure there are plenty of stories of all out greed in the business of rock and roll but I have to believe its going to hard to top this when it comes to live concert prices.

 
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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 06:16 AM
The Stones are coming back to L.A. in November. I've seen them 4 times before and had fun but no need to again. Part of it is the price for the tickets. It's insane. The Who...I can't take them seriously anymore. This is what, their 4th comeback tour or some crap like that. And for Barbara Striesand, she needs to just shut up and not take herself too seriously. IMO, she is the most over rated entertainer around.

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 06:50 AM
I hate to throw a wet blanket on a party featuring one of our own, but please add Eric Clapton to that list. Presale for fans? Only if you join the Fan Club and pay the required fee. Wasn't it greedy enough of him to be featured in a beer commercial when he was a recovering alcoholic?

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 07:05 AM
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Thanks for reminding me on presales. It costs $100.00 to join the Stones fan club and have the privlage to particapate in presales. Once again The poor Who only require $59.95 for the right to join their fan club and join in a presale but their is a catch here that $59.95 give you the right to purchase up to 4 tickets for ONE concert, If you want to see The Who at a second concert you have to belly up another $59.95 to particapate in that presale.
It seems these groups are trying to outdo one another when it comes to greed.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 07:08 AM
One silver lining to the Stones shows....our man Chuck Leavell gets to play!!

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 07:39 AM
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One silver lining to the Stones shows....our man Chuck Leavell gets to play!!


Chuck Leavell's the only good thing the Stones have going for them.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 07:39 AM
OK, let's top Rock n Roll with pop tart greed.....Barbra is charging 150-605 for tix here in Central Ohio. She knocked 100 bucks off of the price, but we heard that she gets 1700 tops in NYC.......and they say the Eagles were greedy

I guess she won't be singing "Poor People who need Poor People, are the luckiest Poor People in the world"

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 07:59 AM
I have a buddy who is just an absolute Stones freak. He's 48, owns his own business. The last Stones stadium tour several years ago, he bought 4 "front row VIP" tickets, I think at face value was near $2K with service charges. He then went to the show and dropped $750 on merchandise. Seriously.

They charge it because they can get it, and they do. Greed, indeed.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 10:01 AM
First of all, don't single out the Brits!! Barbara Streisand is from this side of the pond.

Secondly, if the Stones charged $50 per ticket, you know damned well the scalpers would still be getting the same $500. Might as well let the Stones make some of the money instead of the scalpers.

Thirdly, as is posted every time this subject arises, IF YOU THINK THE TICKETS COST TOO MUCH, DON'T GO TO THE SHOW! Support local bands and up and coming bands like the DTB. I would much rather see Derek play 10 times than one show of the Stones. You get to see the band in an intimate venue, instead of a stadium, where the view and the sounds sucks.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 10:56 AM
My experience with the Clapton fanclub presale was really bad. I paid the $50, so I could see Derek & Eric up close and personal. Instead, the best I could do on the "special fan presale" was halfway back, on the floor. I had the same seat options for the public sale.
Pretty disgusted, just their way of stealing a few bucks out of my pocket....Oh, and to top that off, you can only use the password for two tickets total in the next year. If you might want the chance to see 2 shows with a friend, you'd have to purchas another membership. FU EC!!

I saw Gilmour and Fogerty earlier this year. They offered choice presale seats to fans who frequented their website. Was able to get great seats for both, without having to give up a full tank of gas in exchange.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 11:06 AM
The Rolling Stones and The Who are two of my all time favorite bands.

I have ZERO interest is seeing either band live at this point in time.

It's not real hard to figure out why....

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 03:58 PM
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Secondly, if the Stones charged $50 per ticket, you know damned well the scalpers would still be getting the same $500. Might as well let the Stones make some of the money instead of the scalpers.


And this my friends, is precisely why the bands are charging the money they are for tix. Don't blame them one bit.

 

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Secondly, if the Stones charged $50 per ticket, you know damned well the scalpers would still be getting the same $500. Might as well let the Stones make some of the money instead of the scalpers.


And this my friends, is precisely why the bands are charging the money they are for tix. Don't blame them one bit.





This doesn't make sense to me. So let me get this straight. Since the scalpers are ripping off some of our fans, we in return will rip off the rest of our fans. Greedy, greedy, greedy !!!
It's not the fan's fault that these scalpers get their hands on the tickets and mark them up, so why should the fans be punished by the Stones, Who, Clapton, Streisand or anyone else. We have by the way supported these performers for many a moon and they are not putting out exactly the same product anymore although they are all still good (with the exception of Streisand). Save your hard earned money and wait for March Madness at the Beacon.

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[Edited on 9/1/2006 by sixty8]

 

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Secondly, if the Stones charged $50 per ticket, you know damned well the scalpers would still be getting the same $500. Might as well let the Stones make some of the money instead of the scalpers.


And this my friends, is precisely why the bands are charging the money they are for tix. Don't blame them one bit.





This doesn't make sense to me. So let me get this straight. Since the scalpers are ripping off some of our fans, we in return will rip off the rest of our fans. Greedy, greedy, greedy !!!
It's not the fan's fault that these scalpers get their hands on the tickets and mark them up, so why should the fans be punished by the Stones, Who, Clapton, Streisand or anyone else. We have by the way supported these performers for many a moon and they are not putting out exactly the same product anymore although they are all still good (with the exception of Streisand). Save your hard earned money and wait for March Madness at the Beacon.

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It IS the fans fault- who is buying the tickets from the scalpers at these outrageous prices??

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 05:17 PM
I paid over $100.00 per ticket and up yours charges for EC and DT in October.
Never have paid anything CLOSE to that in over 35 years of concerts. The ONLY reason I did is because my girlfriend wanted to see EC for the first time,and I wanted to see DT play with him.It would have to be something VERY special to pay that kind of price again.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 08:11 PM
The ONLY band in the world I'd pay over a hundred bucks to see would be Pink Floyd.
 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 08:22 PM
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The ONLY band in the world I'd pay over a hundred bucks to see would be Pink Floyd.


Yeah,

That sounds right

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 08:28 PM
I would and have spent that for.

Allman Brothers Band
Paul McCartney
The Rolling Stones
The Who
Rogrer Waters
Steely Dan
The Eagles were probably close to that
Would pay for
Fleetwood Mac
Elton John
Billy Joel
Led Zepplin
Bad Company

perhaps Clapton been holding off so far.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 08:29 PM
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I paid over $100.00 per ticket and up yours charges for EC and DT in October.
Never have paid anything CLOSE to that in over 35 years of concerts. The ONLY reason I did is because my girlfriend wanted to see EC for the first time,and I wanted to see DT play with him.It would have to be something VERY special to pay that kind of price again.



In the boston market Claptons top ticket is 125.00 the Vip packages are 150.00 and are readily available.
Next time you got to have got to see and act call the venue and ask for VIP sales You will get a much better seat and a whole package of anenities for far far less than you just paid.
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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 09:00 PM
I recall many years ago that Clapton would routinely withhold the sale of many tickets until just before the show to thwart scalping. And...they were good seats! I saw many a scalper scrambling (and crashing) his prices because we could get premium seats at the box office. My firends and I got the 14th row for Clapton at the box office 15 minutes to showtime.

Times have changed, but it's still a market-driven system. If scalpers, artists or promoters charge too much, prices will drop. Sadly, the market is saying...up until now...the tickets are priced right. It should be a freakin' economic indicator!

 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 09:05 PM
I'd pay anything though to see Dickey & Gregg on stage again.
 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 09:12 PM
That would be priceless
 

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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 09:17 PM
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  posted on 9/1/2006 at 09:21 PM
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The ONLY band in the world I'd pay over a hundred bucks to see would be Pink Floyd.


Ticket brokers are legal in Texas.

I saw ZZ Top on the Eliminator tour from the front row for $100.

I paid $185 each for my seats for the Who in the Astrodome.

Second row, center.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Fabulous Thunderbirds opened, followed by Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Only time I saw him play live.



This was an all day festival, with bands in the parking lot and the Astro Hall.

Asleep at the Wheel

Jerry Jeff Walker

Shake Russell

Delbert Mc Clinton

Many more regional acts.

Best bargain I ever got.







 

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  posted on 9/2/2006 at 12:34 AM
The fan club stuff doesn't matter anyway. Because now Ticketmaster has been having auctions for the tickets. People bidding on tickets. Barbara's highest bid was huge. Forget the amount right now but it was around 4-7 thousand bucks! If you are willing to pay that just to be close then you deserve it I guess. I won't be bidding. I guarentee that.

I paid for Clapton this time because Derek is there. otherwise I probably would skip like I have before. But I have seen Clapton many times so missing a show really doesn't effect me anymore. Same with the Who or The Stones.

For me even an ABB show is pretty damn expensive. Miss work, travel costs, tickets, place to stay. Adds up pretty big. But I love it. See great places and meet new people. At least it is a package.

 
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