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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 01:19 AM
Was looking to seeing Gregg Allman and Friends at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va on Jan 8. The State Theater is one of my favorite venues in the area, and Gregg usually puts on a good (if somewhat short at 1 1/2 hrs) show, but then I look at the his ticket price which are $48 a person, which is way to much for Gregg or that venue. I would have paid $30-35 to see him, but beyond that no. The only way artists are going to stop jacking up their ticket prices is when people stop going to their shows.
 
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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 05:03 AM
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Was looking to seeing Gregg Allman and Friends at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va on Jan 8. The State Theater is one of my favorite venues in the area, and Gregg usually puts on a good (if somewhat short at 1 1/2 hrs) show, but then I look at the his ticket price which are $48 a person, which is way to much for Gregg or that venue. I would have paid $30-35 to see him, but beyond that no. The only way artists are going to stop jacking up their ticket prices is when people stop going to their shows.


I can loan you the $13 @ 12 % compounded daily....

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 07:26 AM
for $13.00 a 12 pack or a quarter tank of gas your out??

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 07:29 AM
Fred, I'd be willing to kick in the difference. Gregg puts on a good show solo. It would be worth going.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 07:35 AM
would you pay that extra to see Duane ? or Stevie Ray ? or Jerry Garcia ? or Jimi Hendrix ?

people are not here forever..

go to the show

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 07:39 AM
great point, Lefty
 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 07:58 AM
Hey sib, been to the grocery latey? Gallon of milk is $5.00! Gas prices while on the down swing from over $4.00 a gal weren't when planning the tour. Believe me I hate ticket prices as well. You're going to pay more whether it's Gregg or not. Consider yourself lucky to be near a venue like the State. I've always wanted to see a show there. I'll spend more than $48.00 if I ever get to. See the show ... complain about later.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 08:09 AM
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Was looking to seeing Gregg Allman and Friends at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va on Jan 8. The State Theater is one of my favorite venues in the area, and Gregg usually puts on a good (if somewhat short at 1 1/2 hrs) show, but then I look at the his ticket price which are $48 a person, which is way to much for Gregg or that venue. I would have paid $30-35 to see him, but beyond that no. The only way artists are going to stop jacking up their ticket prices is when people stop going to their shows.


I understand completely. You've got to keep it in perspective for the area, theatre, etc. I actually hope to catch the State Theatre show because I'll be skipping the Rams Head show in Annapolis because the tickets there are $125.00 - and I REALLY wanted to be there, but can't put that much out.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 08:09 AM
$48 in a nice venue does not strike me as overpriced at all. I don't get it.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 08:31 AM
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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 08:51 AM
Everything's gone up, including gas and roadie's wages (well, HOPEFULLY that's gone up).

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 09:12 AM
Bottom line - seen Gregg Allman and Friend many times, and they put on a real good show, but truth is, it's pretty much the same show each time, certainly the song list doesn't change all that much. Maybe if Gregg had a new CD out, I would go. As it is, I can check out TWO shows by artists such as Sonny Landreth, Coco Montoya, Tab Benoit, Roomful of Blues, ect for less than I would be paying to see GA&F. Just trying to maximize my entertainment dollars.

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$48 in a nice venue does not strike me as overpriced at all. I don't get it.



Most of the national acts that they get at the State tickets usually run in the $20 to $30 range. Gregg's show is the highest price ticket I seen at that venue. The way I look at is, if Gregg get $48 a pop, the next time Little Feat, or Delbert McClinton or somebody of that ilk plays there, then they're going want the same money Gregg got. And basically that will push ticket prices on all acts up. I don't mind Gregg making a good payday, but in 800 capacity place like the State, he stands to make $30,000 or more for what will be an hour and half show. Jeez, must be nice.

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I understand completely. You've got to keep it in perspective for the area, theatre, etc. I actually hope to catch the State Theatre show because I'll be skipping the Rams Head show in Annapolis because the tickets there are $125.00 - and I REALLY wanted to be there, but can't put that much out.


Well you know Gregg's gaurantee on these shows is $25,000 or 90% of ticket sales whichever is greater. With Gregg getting that kind of money, I wish he would have been been booked into the Warner Theater. Place has a capacity of 1800. Gregg could have kept ticket prices in $30 range, and still easily made his gaurantee, with the potential if the show sold well of taking home $40,000 or better.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 09:37 AM
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Was looking to seeing Gregg Allman and Friends at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va on Jan 8. The State Theater is one of my favorite venues in the area, and Gregg usually puts on a good (if somewhat short at 1 1/2 hrs) show, but then I look at the his ticket price which are $48 a person, which is way to much for Gregg or that venue. I would have paid $30-35 to see him, but beyond that no. The only way artists are going to stop jacking up their ticket prices is when people stop going to their shows.


I think that is cheap compared to other shows. I would go. Greggs solo tours are not to long and he does not seem to hit around the country all that much ,as you can tell in this years tour. So take advantage and see him. I have never had the chance and I would jump onit.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 10:10 AM
Go for it, just drink one less beer if you drink. Or eat at home before you head out. It will be well worth the money. Take your lunch to work with a couple days, that will cover the difference. GO GO GO!!!!!

 

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Go for it, just drink one less beer if you drink. Or eat at home before you head out. It will be well worth the money. Take your lunch to work with a couple days, that will cover the difference. GO GO GO!!!!!



NO NO NO!!!!!! Let me explain something, I'm 56 years old, short with bad knees and flat feet. In addition, there is very little seating at the State Theater. On the main floor, there's a couple of areas with tables and chairs, but they're pretty much reserved for people who are going to eat dinner at the State (and no doubt, many people going to this show are going to eat dinner there, simply to insure they have a place to sit). Other than that there's some seats up in balcony, but these seats are "first come, first get". Now with the doors opening at the State around 6:30, and showtime at 8:30 and the likelyhood that Gregg will have a good sized crowd there, these seats will likely be filled by 7:00 or so. Which means that I would have to get to the State early to insure a seat in the balcony for my elderly, ARRP card carrying, old butt; or else make a reservation for a table (and pay $10 to $12 for a burger and fries, along with the $5 a dollar beer to wash it down with), or else resign myself to the fact that I'm going to be standing the whole time. And I'm going to pay $48 a ticket for that priviledge? I don't think so. Btw, I've seen Gregg Allman play many time in the last 38 years, both as a member of the ABB and as a solo artist (including Gregg's 1st tour in support of his "Laid Back" album.). All in all, don't think I'm going to missing anything that I haven't already seen or heard before. Think I would rather go and see and listen and support some artists that I've either never seen or haven't seen all that many times before.

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 11:12 AM
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$48 in a nice venue does not strike me as overpriced at all. I don't get it.
Bingo! I would love to have a $48 show in my future! This seems very reasonable considering the prices on some artists concert tickets.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 11:49 AM
Just heard that Gregg is playing the Ridgefield Playhouse. Now that is worth going to. I'm sure it will be real pricey though.
 

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Go for it, just drink one less beer if you drink. Or eat at home before you head out. It will be well worth the money. Take your lunch to work with a couple days, that will cover the difference. GO GO GO!!!!!



NO NO NO!!!!!! Let me explain something, I'm 56 years old, short with bad knees and flat feet. In addition, there is very little seating at the State Theater. On the main floor, there's a couple of areas with tables and chairs, but they're pretty much reserved for people who are going to eat dinner at the State (and no doubt, many people going to this show are going to eat dinner there, simply to insure they have a place to sit). Other than that there's some seats up in balcony, but these seats are "first come, first get". Now with the doors opening at the State around 6:30, and showtime at 8:30 and the likelyhood that Gregg will have a good sized crowd there, these seats will likely be filled by 7:00 or so. Which means that I would have to get to the State early to insure a seat in the balcony for my elderly, ARRP card carrying, old butt; or else make a reservation for a table (and pay $10 to $12 for a burger and fries, along with the $5 a dollar beer to wash it down with), or else resign myself to the fact that I'm going to be standing the whole time. And I'm going to pay $48 a ticket for that priviledge? I don't think so. Btw, I've seen Gregg Allman play many time in the last 38 years, both as a member of the ABB and as a solo artist (including Gregg's 1st tour in support of his "Laid Back" album.). All in all, don't think I'm going to missing anything that I haven't already seen or heard before. Think I would rather go and see and listen and support some artists that I've either never seen or haven't seen all that many times before.

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Well, you can bet I would save you a seat if I were going.............

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 12:11 PM
Gregg not worth $48? But worth $30? Have to disagree on this one.

Gas in my tank is not worth $48

Two small plastic bags of grocieries is not worth $48

An oil change is about $48 if you pay to get it done, and not worth it.

8 trips to McDonalds is $48, for sure not worth it.

$48 might get you 15-30 minutes with any professional advisor, likley not worth it.

Two pizza deliveries is in that $ neighborhood and health wise, not worth it.

On a pure comparison level, Gregg versus any of the above, I know my pick!

 

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Gregg not worth $48? But worth $30? Have to disagree on this one.

Gas in my tank is not worth $48

Two small plastic bags of grocieries is not worth $48

An oil change is about $48 if you pay to get it done, and not worth it.

8 trips to McDonalds is $48, for sure not worth it.

$48 might get you 15-30 minutes with any professional advisor, likley not worth it.

Two pizza deliveries is in that $ neighborhood and health wise, not worth it.

On a pure comparison level, Gregg versus any of the above, I know my pick!




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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 12:30 PM
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Bottom line - seen Gregg Allman and Friend many times, and they put on a real good show, but truth is, it's pretty much the same show each time, certainly the song list doesn't change all that much. Maybe if Gregg had a new CD out, I would go.


This I totally understand... last tour in Cal/Az..in '06, I saw the show 3 times and the set list was virtually the same for all 3 shows.. That, does get OLD in a hurry... Here is the set list for the Nov, '06 show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano:

Iím No Angel
Just Before the Bullets Fly
House of Blues
Just Like a Woman
Donít Keep me Wonderiní
You Must Be*
All my Friends
Turn on Your Love Light
Ocean Awash the Gunwale
Iíve Been Hurt*
Multi-Colored Lady
Canít Turn You Loose
Melissa
Band Intro:
Back to Daytona*
Midnight Rider
Whippiní Post
Encore:
Sweet Feeliní
Statesboro Blues

* W/Floyd Miles

Friendly wager that the set list is almost identical to this one....With $$$ so tight, as much of a fan as I am, I wouldn't pay to see the SAME show night after night either...

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 01:48 PM
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Just heard that Gregg is playing the Ridgefield Playhouse. Now that is worth going to. I'm sure it will be real pricey though.


$90 a pop my friend. My buddy got us 4 in row 2 of the mezzanine. According to him, it's a GREAT place to see a show, but only seats about 300.

So, if Gregg's guarantee is $25,000 or 90% of the gate, then $90*300=$27,000 so the math is dead on.

Sibwlkr, you make some great points, but sadly, after the cancellations due to Gregg's illnes, I'm afraid Lefty's comment is the most salient.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 01:52 PM
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$48 in a nice venue does not strike me as overpriced at all. I don't get it.
Bingo! I would love to have a $48 show in my future! This seems very reasonable considering the prices on some artists concert tickets.


Yeah, I'm from Long Island and go to NYC for most shows. I would take that price any time.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 01:55 PM
To each his own, for sure. To me, $48 is a pretty good deal. I'd pay it gladly.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2008 at 02:16 PM
A small place like the Ridgefield Playhouse make me think about spending more. I hate spending lots of cash to see a band at some big shed or some place you are far away from the stage.
I was VERY pleased to play 20 bucks for lawn seats to see the ABB this past summer; I was mostly watching the show on the screen, but 20 bucks is OK for that.

I paid 75 bucks to see Dickey at the Ridgefield Playhouse 2 years back. I thought that was high, but then considered that I have paid twice that to see the Stones from far far away; at Ridgefield, I was like 20-30 feet from the stage. I paid 50 bucks to see Derek there last night, and while I was in the balcony, it was still very close. I would have paid 75 bucks for it too.
Now, 90 bucks for Gregg makes me wince, but to be so close and in a small venue with him seems worth it; I assume my ABB Beacon tickets will be over 100 bucks this year.

 
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