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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 05:01 PM
Are you freakin kidding me. These are the prices before they add on the myriad of fees we see these days. Almost $200.00 per ticket for orch seats. I'm glad I've seen Clapton a bunch of times already. Even $60.00+ for the nose bleeds is crazy. I will totally skip this one unless they announce they wiil be playing for four hours. This is getting out of hand with the economy the way it is right now.

Eric Clapton at Jones Beach 6-5-08

ORCHESTRA SEATING
US $179.00


STADIUM 1
US $129.00


STADIUM 2
US $89.00


MEZZANINE SEATING
US $49.00

[Edited on 3/10/2008 by sixty8]

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 05:22 PM
Pete, I hear what you're saying, but with people like Clapton, the only other option is to want him to sit at home in a rockingchair and not play. I'd prefer to have the option to see him (and took it recently!). His long career justifies higher prices late in his playing days. He seems to be especially inspired of late too. In addition, very few acts are making money on recordings, so this is how the music business has evolved. If it sells out, an economist would tell you he was charging too little!

 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 05:31 PM
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His long career justifies higher prices late in his playing days.


So using this logic, all of us should expect a gigantic raise before retirement?

There is no way to justify these huge prices for artists. They are playing music, not saving lives. Clapton hardly needs to cash in before retiring nor do any of the other "big" name artists. They are simply seeing how much money you are willing to spend. A trip through the memory lane of ticket stubs proves that Clapton has always been on the high end and then it drives prices for others up. This dates back to the 70s where his prices were usually double what others were charging.

I love Clapton and have enjoyed many shows but I would not pay those prices to hear him play Cocaine, Crossroads and Further On Up The Road for the millionth time. You can have my ticket. These guys are laughing all the way to the bank but not with my money.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 05:37 PM
So you all really believe that the performer is solely responsible for setting prices and reaping the profits? You don't think that maybe the promoter, venue, insurance, security, sound & lighting companies, catering and a dozen more organizations might be a factor?

Give it a rest. The "greedy artist" argument is tired old BS.

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 06:24 PM
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So you all really believe that the performer is solely responsible for setting prices and reaping the profits? You don't think that maybe the promoter, venue, insurance, security, sound & lighting companies, catering and a dozen more organizations might be a factor?

Give it a rest. The "greedy artist" argument is tired old BS.

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I understand the industry rather well thanks. The costs for most of what you mention are constants and part of doing business for the promoter. The varying part is the promoter and artists and how much profit they believe they can make. The price is determined between the promoter and artist and yes the artist does have a say in all of this. Why you would think that this is tired old BS is beyond me and shows maybe you are not as knowledgeable as you may believe. Also we are all entitled to our opinions. If you want to sign over your bank accounts to artists that are trying to take their fans then you will just be speeding up the process for them and I am sure they will appreciate it.

Or maybe the catering was responsible for a 40% increase.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 06:31 PM
It is only $35 at Blossom....nobody is forcing you to go to Jones Beach
 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 06:32 PM
I want you all to stay at home, unless you are willing to pay the piper, so that I can get tickets easier. Thanks in advance
 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 07:04 PM
I'm actually surprised that tickets aren't more than $200

 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 07:04 PM
WOW!!! I knew they would be up there ..but not that much for lower level. I live here in Noblesville and I probably may try and get just a lawn seat now.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 08:09 PM
I'm sure the price of gas has something to do with it. Artists these days charge what the market will bear. The entertainment industry is a business. An artist performing for the public is just like any other businessman peddling his wares. If you are a businessman selling an item or a service, and you can sell such item or service for $200., would you, I ask, give it away for $50.? To take it a step further, would you sell such item or service for $50. when some scumbag (ticket broker in this case) can snatch them up and turn around a resell them for $500.? I think not. Eric Clapton and other artists (including the ABB) will charge what they feel they can get for their performances and look for a 90% (although most shows sell out) capacity. It's up to the buying public to decide whether or not to spend their money. Apparantly many people did because the show sold out very quickly. If I didn't just have to dig to see him with Steve Winwood at MSG (worth every penny) I would probably be going to this show. My days of seeing big name artists are starting to dwindle because of the rising costs, but if these guys can continue to knock down the big bucks more power to them I say. I'll just choose not to go more often. And if more people make that choice then and only then will ticket prices start to drop.
 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 08:55 PM
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I love Clapton and have enjoyed many shows but I would not pay those prices to hear him play Cocaine, Crossroads and Further On Up The Road for the millionth time. You can have my ticket. These guys are laughing all the way to the bank but not with my money.
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I couldn't have said it any better CanadianMule. I don't think he can be any better than I have seen him before for a much more reasonable price. I'll save my money and see three or more different shows this summer for that price.

These bands like EC, The Eagles, The Who, The Rolling Stones and a few others as great as they are keep rolling out the same songs year after year and charging more and more for it each year. I hope it all comes crashing down on these big name bands and they start playing to half full crowds. That is the only thing that can start to change this madness.

I have seen just about every living musician I have wanted to see before this crazy madness started. I feel sorry for some of the younger folks that might want to experience live classic rock music but are priced out of the building. At this point, I am content with less expensive choices like Gov't Mule, the ABB, DTB, Hot Tuna and the other bands that don't take advantage of their loyal fanbase.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 09:07 PM
Clapton is what?..60?..60, something?... that makes a good percentage of his fans, the same age or close. Meaning that most 60 somethings out there can afford this...

It's all about what people will pay.... $$$$$$$$$

 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 09:19 PM
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At this point, I am content with less expensive choices like Gov't Mule, the ABB, DTB, Hot Tuna and the other bands that don't take advantage of their loyal fanbase.


If these bands could get $150-200 per ticket, they would certainly charge that much.
Taking in any Beacon shows this year? Its not about "taking advantage" of anyone. Its about being paid what the market will bear for a given performance. If Clapton sold his top tickets for $50, they would be resold for $200+ on stubhub.

 

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At this point, I am content with less expensive choices like Gov't Mule, the ABB, DTB, Hot Tuna and the other bands that don't take advantage of their loyal fanbase.


If these bands could get $150-200 per ticket, they would certainly charge that much.
Taking in any Beacon shows this year? Its not about "taking advantage" of anyone. Its about being paid what the market will bear for a given performance. If Clapton sold his top tickets for $50, they would be resold for $200+ on stubhub.


And when you charge $200 then they sell on stubhub for $500. People seem to think that artists do this to stop scalpers. They could care less about scalpers because it doesn't have any effect on them because the scalped tickets are bought also. Higher prices only create a higher scalper price. Not to mention that Ticketmaster are their own scalpers now.

Many also talk about what the market will bear. I guess that is true to a degree but it only works for a small handful of artists and as mentioned above, they are hoping many younger people have never seen them and will pay. They know that their days are numbered and are trying to get as much as possible. More power to them but they won't get my money. Pay $300-$400 to see a grandfather like Mick Jagger pretend he is still 30. Not me. I guess I was lucky enough to see these artists when they needed to keep fans and sell albums.

I wonder if people would feel the same about water, food, gasoline, heating oil, natural gas or any other essential item? Who is more important to you, a farmer of Eric Clapton?

For those that have the money and want to spend it, have fun. Did anyone notice that there are still tickets for all the nights at the Beacon? Previous years, not a chance. Wonder why?

 

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  posted on 3/11/2008 at 01:27 PM
Having Robert Randolph and the Family Band as openers makes it a bit more tempting,but I'll pass at this price too.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2008 at 01:52 PM
The Eagles are to blame for some of these riddiculous prices.
They started it with the "Hell Freezes Over". A lot of other bands and artists took notice and the aforementioned bands like Rolling Stones, Police, etc. excercised similar prices for tickets.
How much do you think Led Zep will command in 2009 if a world tour transpires? My guess anywhere from $200-$400.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2008 at 01:57 PM
well i agree with both sides i saw the prices at Jones Beach and immediately went for the 90 seats which are over 100. The first several sections up front are all corporate so to pay for the 200 seats and basically be 3 sections back is nuts as you are far back. That being said, Billy Joel-who gave a great speech last night introduction Mellencamp said the music business has essentially died before mellencamp. Artists dont make a whole lot on music anymore. Hey I just go to my town library, borrow almost every CD imaginable and download on my ipod-and i am a dinosaur.

billy is correct although i think it would be nice if he made some new music after 20 years-he still packs in 50 thousand people every time he plays and all the artists are capitalizing on life shows today. It is great in that you can see everyone and they are still really great even as old timers. the down side is the price. I cannot fault the artists, if there are customers out there who will pay the price then so be it.

Music, theater, sports etc, tickets are just sky high and we all need to make choices. I love the ABB, and see 2 Beacon shows and the Jones Beach show every summer. Lets face it, when ABB plays Jones Beach, it is half empty and I for one buy a 20 seat and sit in the upper deck. Clapton and the Police at 200 a ticket did not have a problem selling out so respect that people.

If the band could charge more, they would-i truly believe that. There are still plenty of good Beacon seats available for several shows. Why, perhaps because many ABB fans go to multiple shows and just had to cut back a bit this year.

I will even wager that in May, you may see some empty seats at the Beacon. The ABB is the best band IMO and I would pay top dollar to hear them play, most folks dont see it that way.

 
 


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