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Author: Subject: 325.00 for two tix(VH)...How do you afford concerts?

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 05:07 AM
This was kinda brought up in the VH thread and I have been thinking about this for awhile also. And no I did not buy these tickets. A friend of mine at work bought tix's for VH this month for here in Indy. 149.00 for each and 12.75 service charge. I got on Ticketmasters website this a.m. just to look to see what was left for VH here in Indy. I could not find any of the 49.00 seats. I found 79.00 near the stage but up high in the nose bleeders and I did find a seat on the floor first section still available for 149.00. I would love to go and see them, but I just can't cough up the money. Tickect brokers were asking 875.00 for pit tix and around 500.00 for floor first section seats and the 49.00 dollar seats are 95.00 now.
There are many shows coming to this area in Oct that I would love to see, VH,Sammy Hagar,Nickel Creek,Joe Bonamassa,Govt Mule , The John Butler Trio and a few others...........but of course I can't afford all of these. Probably only just a couple. I have missed many shows in the last 5-7 due to this issue. You just have to pick and choose where you want your money spent. My entertainment dollar only goes so far anymore. I think thats why the concert industry has been hurting the last few years. Same with sports. I have not been to a Colts game here in Indy for probably close to 10 yrs and the Pacers I went and saw once in 2004 on Christmas day, the tix were free.
I know this is old hat and has been talked about but I just can't afford this anymore, well I could but I would be broke. I just don't go anymore or just find shows that are more reasonable and acts that I am more interested in to see.

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 06:10 AM
I hardly go to concerts anymore because I just can't afford them. Every now and then I'll luck up and see someone play at a club that I can afford. Last Oct. I seen Robin Trower for $25! The last concert I went to was last Dec. to see Bob Seger and 4 tickets cost me $254 for the cheap seats. You can buy a used guitar for that price! I would have to sell one of mine just to take the family to a major concert. It shouldn't have to be that way. I'll stay at home and watch the $15 concert dvd over and over.
 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 06:54 AM
Never a VH fan, but I know what I'd do. In fact I'm doing it, seeing Nickel Creek and Mule in the next 3 weeks at $35 and $27.50 base price, respectively, and the NC tix are 6th row reserved (w/ Bela!). You'd probably have enough $ left over for 1 of your other shows as compared w/ VH only. As for buying tix for a family of 4, while I understand togetherness, you should consider whether the other family members get as much out of it to make it worth the cost for 4 tix versus 1 only. They might enjoy the same amount of money spent elsewhere. And I always make my decision to go right when tix go on sale so I have the most choice of tix.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 07:03 AM
Brock, you said it for me: I've got a ticket for The Mule at The Fillmore next month for $35. Typical Warren, keeping things reasonable. There are still bargains to be had.........instrumentally at least, one of the greatest bands in the world, for under $50.
On October 16th I'm gonna see the North Mississippi All Stars, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Joe Krown for $35.
As for Van Halen, I'm interested, but wouldn't pay more than I'm paying to see The Mule or NMAS. Which means I ain't going. Having not done much over the last 20 years, I suspect David Lee Roth's bank account may need some padding these days.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 07:11 AM
The only reason some of these groups charge so much dang money is because they CAN. As long as some people are willing to pay an exhorbitant fee the prices will stay where they are. My reaction, go see bands I can afford. They usually work harder and put on a better show anyway.
 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 07:43 AM
I don't think I would pay $150 to see VH even if Michael Anthony were involved. I simply can't afford those prices; $40 to see Mule at The Vogue is my top limit!
 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 07:57 AM
jszfunk,
How far is the venue from your house? Do you have any other plans for the evening?
I just picked up amazing floor seats for VH in Philly at half of face value approximately one hour before showtime. If I had waited another 40 minutes I probably would have paid significantly less. People ALWAYS over-purchase for these kinds of shows, whether speculating to make $$ or their friends back out. The closer to showtime, the less valuable the tickets become.
I go to alot of shows and this is my new method of attending show that are way out of my price range. If you've got the evening to kill, it'll be worth it. VH put on a killer show on Monday.



 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 08:42 AM
the trick is to wait until the day of the show and go down to the venue and there are lots of tix at face value or less is ya dont mind missing a few tunes. i have been doing it for years and it never fails me. saw the police earlier this year for around 75.00 per seat when they were going for 225 here in toronto. missed the first three tunes and the seats were great. scalpers getting stuck with tix at the end of the night just won't happen. if they are good they will have made most of their money prior to the show. once the show starts they will take what they can get. if i don't get in for the price i want to pay, i just dont go.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 09:14 AM
when i found out phil was playing 9 ny shows at nokia i was so excitied, especialy since the avrege tickets at nokia cost $25. then i found out the phil tix cost 65, and they are sold out going for 100/ per ticket.
the venues and bands need to care a little bit more about the fans

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 09:15 AM
Climax Blues band , Rory Gallagher, same bill, 1974 (?) $.98
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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 09:32 AM
Jon,

The Warren Haynes Band, around the time of his solo lp release, 1993, Columbus OH at the Newport, .99 cents and no ticketmaster charge. Not sure he will do that again soon

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 09:35 AM
I dont have that problem here in NJ.... both area shows are sold out

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 09:43 AM
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The Warren Haynes Band, around the time of his solo lp release, 1993, Columbus OH at the Newport, .99 cents and no ticketmaster charge. Not sure he will do that again soon


What a rip off, only one band and charged a penny more Carlos !

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 09:44 AM
I feel your pain. There is no one, I repeat no one that I would pay $150.00 or more to see, let alone VH who I have stated before I dislike quite a bit...That is an awful lot of money to spend just to see David Lee Roth jump around in a silly outfit.

THat being said, Pretty cool that we can still get to see The ABB for less than half that for a summer show. As a few have stated, good bands like The Mule, DTB, Trower etc etc etc are still very affordable and those are the bands we should be seeing and supporting. I can't afford high prices either so I have to really pick and choose who I'd like to see during the year.

BY the way, I still have a ticket stub from 1975 when I saw The Eagles, Seals & Crofts and Poco at Roosevelt Stadium on the same bill for $7.50! Those were the days...

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 09:46 AM
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BY the way, I still have a ticket stub from 1975 when I saw The Eagles, Seals & Crofts and Poco at Roosevelt Stadium on the same bill for $7.50! Those were the days...





not bad...and really liked Seals and Crofts, had a really cool instrumental...maybe titled Wisdom ?

Any guess on what the Eagles will want for a ticket this go around ?

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 10:15 AM
I completely understand where your coming from. I looked online for Van Halen tickets for this Friday @ Mohegan Sun Casino (cool place to see a show if you haven't been there) so I looked for 3 tickets, "Best Available" on Ticketmaster and the price of the three seats with service charges etc , was well over $500. That's ridiculous. So, I can't make the gig.
I use to go to a lot of shows, and I simply can't afford it anymore. In the 1994, I got to like 10 ABB shows that year, starting in New Orleans at Jazzfest and ending at Great Woods in Mansfield, Massachusetts. (In Mass, a lot of us just flat out refuse to call it the Tweeter Center) Now, granted, it was expensive then, but not nearly as much as it is now.
I simply couldn't do that now. Now a days my buddy and I have to decide on, do we go to the Beacon for 3 shows in March? Or do we wait and go to New Hampshire, Hartford and Great Woods later in the Summer. In the last few years, we have always decided on the Beacon cause it's, well, it's the Beacon and nuff said.
The other thing is, these damn "Ticket Broker" companies that are buying up seats to all the shows. Especially here in Massachusetts. I simply cannot understand how it is legal for these Companies to do this? To buy up unlimited seats to a show, then charge 3-4 times the face value for Tickets!! (They do this with Sports too) and get away with it. Yet, I see people busted all the time outside either Fenway, or other venues for Scalping tickets.
I have never been able to see Pearl Jam or U2 in my life, simply because I refused to pay Ticket Broker prices, ( U2 gigs can fetch easily over $1000 a ticket in Boston) Matter of fact, I was told once by someone that it would be "easier" if I was to Fly to like, Utah, and get tickets to that gig out there, because the demand isn't as high as it is in Boston, or NYC.
I wonder, now a days, how many people who have a hand raised for a "Miracle Ticket" actually get one? In the 80's and 90's it was a lot more common to get one at the Dead or the ABB. Times have obviously changed.
Sorry that this is a long post response, but this subject has made me angry for years. LOL thanks for listening.

 

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I completely understand where your coming from. I looked online for Van Halen tickets for this Friday @ Mohegan Sun Casino (cool place to see a show if you haven't been there) so I looked for 3 tickets, "Best Available" on Ticketmaster and the price of the three seats with service charges etc , was well over $500. That's ridiculous. So, I can't make the gig.
I use to go to a lot of shows, and I simply can't afford it anymore. In the 1994, I got to like 10 ABB shows that year, starting in New Orleans at Jazzfest and ending at Great Woods in Mansfield, Massachusetts. (In Mass, a lot of us just flat out refuse to call it the Tweeter Center) Now, granted, it was expensive then, but not nearly as much as it is now.
I simply couldn't do that now. Now a days my buddy and I have to decide on, do we go to the Beacon for 3 shows in March? Or do we wait and go to New Hampshire, Hartford and Great Woods later in the Summer. In the last few years, we have always decided on the Beacon cause it's, well, it's the Beacon and nuff said.
The other thing is, these damn "Ticket Broker" companies that are buying up seats to all the shows. Especially here in Massachusetts. I simply cannot understand how it is legal for these Companies to do this? To buy up unlimited seats to a show, then charge 3-4 times the face value for Tickets!! (They do this with Sports too) and get away with it. Yet, I see people busted all the time outside either Fenway, or other venues for Scalping tickets.
I have never been able to see Pearl Jam or U2 in my life, simply because I refused to pay Ticket Broker prices, ( U2 gigs can fetch easily over $1000 a ticket in Boston) Matter of fact, I was told once by someone that it would be "easier" if I was to Fly to like, Utah, and get tickets to that gig out there, because the demand isn't as high as it is in Boston, or NYC.
I wonder, now a days, how many people who have a hand raised for a "Miracle Ticket" actually get one? In the 80's and 90's it was a lot more common to get one at the Dead or the ABB. Times have obviously changed.
Sorry that this is a long post response, but this subject has made me angry for years. LOL thanks for listening.



You make some very good points!! Brokers should be illegal. We probably all need to write our congressman.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 11:19 AM
I would never pay $150.00 to see a concert. Not sure if this is because I'm somebody who remembers $3.00 and $5.00 concerts or that I'm a cheapskate - just can't see those outragious ticket prices. Not a VH fan so that's a given, but won't even pay these prices for artists I am a fan of. I'm lucky to have seen many of the artists I admire without having to shell out this kind of dough. (I may end up eating these words if Pink Floyd gets back together for a tour but I won't be going if tix are more than $150!) And I won't buy tickets from scalpers or brokers - I want my entertainment $$$ to go towards the entertainer, not a 3rd party.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 12:05 PM
Nice thread. I go to a lot of concerts, they are one of the few things as far as entertainment goes that I actually like spending my hard earned $$$ on. But even this has limits. Typically, $50 is my limit. Period. But just to show you that "deals" are to be found in the concert world, Music "festivals" are the best deal in town. Ex: "Jazz fest in Aspen, Co." Look at what my $140, 4 day pass got me:

4 Day festival:

Allman Bros.
Micheal Franti & Spearhead
Nickel Creek
Leftover Salmon
Gov't Mule
Ben Harper
Soul Stew Revival
Joss Stone
John Legend

That's 9 bands for $140! or, $ 15.50 per act!... Not too bad...
Granted, I can't afford to travel and stay in Aspen every week, but there may be a festival near you...

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 12:08 PM
I got in on the Neil Young presale yesterday for DAR constitution hall

$180 with service charges for a single ticket


but I do get a free CD with that

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 12:16 PM
I'm going to see one of the greatest guitarist ever in a week and a half. For $21.00!
I'm soooo glad Dickey doesn't try to retire on one tour.

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 12:42 PM
Concerts I've got coming up...

Widespread Panic - $30.00
Govt Mule and Grace Potter & Nocturnals - $30.00
John Mellencamp - $51.00

and I'm passing on a couple of shows I'd normally be attending due to higher ticket prices (and I've already seen the artists before).

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 01:08 PM
I guess it all comes down to what it's worth to the individual. I consider myself lucky today that I was able to score two tickets to game #7 of the ALCS at Fenway. 2 fairly decent tix (not together) $309 after all the surcharges. Pretty steep but worth it to me for the chance to be at a game seven (esp. if it's against The Yankees.) Plus if they don't play I don't pay.

Used to go to many, many more shows than I do now. Won't pay these prices for most bands (Stones, Buffet, Police, etc. etc...)



 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 01:11 PM
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This was kinda brought up in the VH thread and I have been thinking about this for awhile also. And no I did not buy these tickets. A friend of mine at work bought tix's for VH this month for here in Indy. 149.00 for each and 12.75 service charge. I got on Ticketmasters website this a.m. just to look to see what was left for VH here in Indy. I could not find any of the 49.00 seats. I found 79.00 near the stage but up high in the nose bleeders and I did find a seat on the floor first section still available for 149.00. I would love to go and see them, but I just can't cough up the money. Tickect brokers were asking 875.00 for pit tix and around 500.00 for floor first section seats and the 49.00 dollar seats are 95.00 now.
There are many shows coming to this area in Oct that I would love to see, VH,Sammy Hagar,Nickel Creek,Joe Bonamassa,Govt Mule , The John Butler Trio and a few others...........but of course I can't afford all of these. Probably only just a couple. I have missed many shows in the last 5-7 due to this issue. You just have to pick and choose where you want your money spent. My entertainment dollar only goes so far anymore. I think thats why the concert industry has been hurting the last few years. Same with sports. I have not been to a Colts game here in Indy for probably close to 10 yrs and the Pacers I went and saw once in 2004 on Christmas day, the tix were free.
I know this is old hat and has been talked about but I just can't afford this anymore, well I could but I would be broke. I just don't go anymore or just find shows that are more reasonable and acts that I am more interested in to see.

[Edited on 10/3/2007 by jszfunk]


I'm wiyh you bro. I live in NY and we usually pay higher prices than any other cities. The same show that costs $30-$50 upstate at Saratoga will run you $50-$100 at Jones Beach. I have been picking and choosing for a while now. Mostly Mule, ABB, DTB, and Hot Tuna on a regular basis. Then I pick and choose with whatever is left. That is why I settle for cheap tickets and promotional deals for the summer shed shows. That helps out a bit and I almost always end up in better seats anyway. I wouldn't pay $150+ for any show in an arena. Never!!!!!

The only show that I pay over $100 after fees is the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre. Even though I think these ticket prices are also getting out of hand, we know how special and intimate the Beacon run is.



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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 01:20 PM
I had a dream the other night

that my old neighbors that was computer science geeks stopped by and we took off and scene vh and rush hahaha

 
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