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(Metro)   Rolling Stones defend high ticket prices for new tour, saying it's very expensive to have a stage with full handicap access for the band   (metro.co.uk) divider line 66
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2012-10-19 04:45:00 AM  
If suckers wanna pay it so they can say they seen the Rolling Stones then let them.

Personally I think it would be more entertaining to use that money to see a dozen local bands starting out.
 
2012-10-19 07:10:19 AM  
To quote David Crosby in the late '90s "If they don't want to pay that much they can stay home" (referring to CSNY ticket prices).
 
2012-10-19 07:58:53 AM  

Frederick: If suckers wanna pay it so they can say they seen the Rolling Stones then let them.

Personally I think it would be more entertaining to use that money to see a dozen local bands starting out.


Amen! But there's a chill blowing in the wind.
 
2012-10-19 08:32:47 AM  
Every concert may be their last.
 
2012-10-19 08:36:01 AM  
You know, we've been making "the Rolling Stones are really old" jokes since the early '90s

They're not getting any funnier, but at least they're getting more relevant.
 
2012-10-19 08:38:43 AM  

Frederick: If suckers wanna pay it so they can say they seen the Rolling Stones then let them.



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2012-10-19 09:23:09 AM  
If you think the tickets are too expensive I have an easy, no fuss remedy. Just don't buy one. There, see? It doesn't require any biatching or moaning to do.
 
2012-10-19 10:34:20 AM  
Dateline 1978: I turned down tickets to the Stones because I'm not a fan. Besides, those babies were $20 each.
 
2012-10-19 11:03:10 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com

Obligatory.

And I really can't believe I'm the first.
 
kab
2012-10-19 11:09:30 AM  
"Ticket prices are too high!" screamed would-be StubHub flippers.
 
2012-10-19 11:16:11 AM  
The world's most overrated band.
 
2012-10-19 11:17:23 AM  
When it gets to the point where it's a choice between paying for my heat, insurance, cable, internet and phone bill versus ONE Rolling Stones ticket, I will choose keeping the lights on and being able to read Fark, thankyouverymuch.
 
2012-10-19 11:18:10 AM  
I understand that an artists music is their music to do what they like with but when it comes to the Stones and money I will forever have a fack them attitude after they way they completely boned the Verve over Bittersweet Symphony to the hilt.
 
2012-10-19 11:22:10 AM  
Just download their music.There is really no need to see these guys live. I guarantee you will be disappointed.
 
2012-10-19 11:22:38 AM  

Lando Lincoln: Every concert may be their last.


Maybe the last time, I don't know.
 
2012-10-19 11:37:43 AM  
*Channeling Grandpa Simpson*

Monsters of Rock Tour 1988: Kingdom Come, Metallica, Scorpions, Dokken and Van Hagar for $25, and we thought that was expensive! Ticket prices these days are crazy. You know what else is crazy? Nazis. Those guys go around picking fights. I'll tell ya who could pick fights, Joe Frasier! He would pick a fight and finish it quicker than could crank start my diggity-nine Model A. Speaking of models, that Betty Grable was a peach! Oh, peaches, time for lunch then a - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
 
2012-10-19 11:50:16 AM  
They don't have to defend anything. If you think the tickets cost too much do the PPV. Or wait for the DVD. I wouldn't pay 700 bucks to see the Stones, but Zeppelin? Maybe. To each their own
 
2012-10-19 11:55:13 AM  

rudemix: I understand that an artists music is their music to do what they like with but when it comes to the Stones and money I will forever have a fack them attitude after they way they completely boned the Verve over Bittersweet Symphony to the hilt.


So much this!!!!
 
2012-10-19 11:57:31 AM  
How about you just wait for 30 minutes after the show starts and download videos someone from the show has posted to YouTube?
 
2012-10-19 12:05:03 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Every concert may be their last.


We can only hope.
 
2012-10-19 12:07:51 PM  
The wouldn't have anything to do with TicketBastardsTM right?
 
2012-10-19 12:14:12 PM  
For that kinda money there better be a band deathmatch on stage
 
2012-10-19 12:19:45 PM  

Happy Hours: To quote David Crosby in the late '90s "If they don't want to pay that much they can stay home" (referring to CSNY ticket prices).


A friend of mine paid $300 a seat for a CSNY show, and some jerk three rows behind him sang out loud all the way through the whole show.

Good times..good times!
 
2012-10-19 12:22:17 PM  
i0.kym-cdn.com

Farkin supply and demand, how does it work?
 
2012-10-19 12:24:37 PM  
As a side note, who'd a thunk Keith Richards would have lived to be 68?
 
2012-10-19 12:34:08 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: As a side note, who'd a thunk Keith Richards would have lived to be 68?


Keith knows his limits. He's got a great philosophy. He can only get so high so he stops when he gets to that point. People who go further are the ones who get into trouble. Plus he only did pharmaceutical grade cocaine and cut his own heroin so he always knew the purity and the cut. I'm sure the booze he drinks is top, top shelf. I recommend his autobiography "Life."
 
2012-10-19 12:43:41 PM  

NutznGum: The world's most overrated band.


I thought that was U2.
 
2012-10-19 12:49:01 PM  
Hey, children - it's just a shot away

/kiss away?

//gets walker and midnite rambles over to YouTube
 
2012-10-19 12:56:14 PM  

kab: "Ticket prices are too high!" screamed would-be StubHub flippers.


The StubHub flippers were real bad with U2 two years ago. Dudes were trying to flip nosebleed and field GA tickets for 2 or 3 times face value. I snatched up 3 tickets at 5pm day of show for $50 bucks total. Stood in front of people who paid $200 a ticket.
 
2012-10-19 01:00:24 PM  
All major concerts are over priced. I'm not paying 80-90 or 100+ dollars to see anyone.
Of course their prices are more justified than the likes of Modonna. At least you're not paying a few hundred each to go watch karaoke.
 
2012-10-19 01:01:04 PM  

kab: "Ticket prices are too high!" screamed would-be StubHub flippers.


You want to see scary prices? Paul McCartney is only playing like 4 concerts this fall in weird places like here in St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver and Edmonton. At the Scottrade Center, most of the lower bowl tickets are listed for $400+ right now.
 
2012-10-19 01:05:41 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: As a side note, who'd a thunk Keith Richards would have lived to be 68?


I read his book - if he's to be believed, he's been sober for quite a number of years now. Good read, btw.
 
2012-10-19 01:11:17 PM  
Pricing their tickets at $500+ just cuts out the middle man scalper.
 
2012-10-19 01:16:37 PM  

wildcardjack: Pricing their tickets at $500+ just cuts out the middle man scalper.


Why are the Stones playing at Newark? Are they STILL renovating Madison Square Garden?
 
2012-10-19 01:18:18 PM  
I guess it's still cheaper than a week in Branson, Missouri - especially now that Andy Williams is gone.
 
2012-10-19 01:27:28 PM  

kab: "Ticket prices are too high!" screamed would-be StubHub flippers.


Either way, you're going to pay $400-$800 for good tickets. I'd rather give the money to the band than some dickless scalper.

/still not going though
//almost done with big arena shows in general
 
2012-10-19 01:37:59 PM  
mjohnson71: Why are the Stones playing at Newark? Are they STILL renovating Madison Square Garden?

The Garden was never a factor, it was between the new Brooklyn arena and Newark.

As for the ticket prices, you can't always get what you want.
 
2012-10-19 01:39:11 PM  

domo_kun_sai: Just download their music.There is really no need to see these guys live. I guarantee you will be disappointed.


Just watched the video, and I didn't see Mick anywhere!
 
2012-10-19 01:39:56 PM  
OOps
 
2012-10-19 01:48:29 PM  

rudemix: I understand that an artists music is their music to do what they like with but when it comes to the Stones and money I will forever have a fack them attitude after they way they completely boned the Verve over Bittersweet Symphony to the hilt.


Except it was the record company that held the rights to the early Stones material that sued them, not the Rolling Stones themselves..

"After "Bittersweet Symphony" became a hit single, the group was sued by former Stones manager Allen Klein (who owns the copyrights to the band's pre-1970 songs because of aggressive business practices). He claimed the Verve broke the agreement when they supposedly used a larger portion than was covered in the license, something the group vehemently disputed.
The Verve layered nearly fifty tracks of instrumentation, including novel string arrangements, to create a distinctly new song. In fact, the song's signature swirling orchestral melody was recorded and arranged by the Verve; the sample from the instrumental record is largely buried under other tracks in the chorus.
The band eventually settled out of court and handed over 100 percent of their songwriting royalties because it seemed cheaper than fighting for a legal ruling that might not end in their favor. As if things couldn't have gotten worse, they were then sued by another old Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. Klein went after the Verve for infringing on the songwriting copyright, which he owned, but Oldham possessed the copyright on the sampled sound recording."


http://www.thevervelive.com/2005/05/bitter-sweet-symphony-controversy - and.html
 
2012-10-19 01:52:03 PM  

mjohnson71: wildcardjack: Pricing their tickets at $500+ just cuts out the middle man scalper.

Why are the Stones playing at Newark? Are they STILL renovating Madison Square Garden?


No. The garden is done with the renovation. It looks great but I miss the wrap around aisle.
 
2012-10-19 02:35:20 PM  

whistleridge: And I really can't believe I'm the first.

that the timestamp on that satirical poster has already come and gone.
 
2012-10-19 03:13:07 PM  
I haven't been to a concert since 2006. It isn't for lack of wanting to see a live performance, it is more due to the fact that at my income level I would be in the nosebleed seats. Tickets to see bands have become insanely overpriced.

I will just wait twenty years for any of the bands that I like now to do the county fair circuit. Day at the fair, fair food, music that I like = better value.

/yea I sound fat
 
2012-10-19 03:14:54 PM  

NutznGum: The world's most overrated band.


No, that's a tie between The Doors and Rush. 'Overrated' suggests they were never as good as their hype would suggest.

The Stones were an awesome band once, when they were young. But Rock n Roll has a 'Sell by' date and the stones passed theirs decades ago. A 70 year old man wearing one of the most expensive wigs in the world should not be singing "Lets spend the night together"
 
2012-10-19 03:16:45 PM  
Translation: fark you. Pay me.
 
2012-10-19 03:51:41 PM  
No thank you. I saw them at Altamont in 1969 and got stabbed to death by a Hell's Angel, and now I'm a ghost.
 
2012-10-19 03:53:32 PM  

Bag of Hammers: NutznGum: The world's most overrated band.

No, that's a tie between The Doors and Rush. 'Overrated' suggests they were never as good as their hype would suggest.

The Stones were an awesome band once, when they were young. But Rock n Roll has a 'Sell by' date and the stones passed theirs decades ago. A 70 year old man wearing one of the most expensive wigs in the world should not be singing "Lets spend the night together"


Anyone who pays to see a senior citizen play rock n' roll has clearly missed the purpose of rock n' roll.

Don't these guys have enough cash that they don't need to embarrass themselves this way?

/Rush terminally overrated band
 
2012-10-19 04:15:38 PM  
Those higher end prices, I wouldn't even pay that if my favorite band came and played in my back yard.
 
2012-10-19 04:16:46 PM  
Too much is too much. I've already seen them (twice), they are well past their prime, and even in the context of "big, splashy rock extravaganzas"... this is a lousy deal. A farking 3-day wristband to one of the mega-festivals costs less!
 
2012-10-19 04:21:40 PM  
"I'd rather be dead than singing 'Satisfaction' when I'm 45." - Mick Jagger
 
2012-10-19 04:54:05 PM  

mjohnson71: kab: "Ticket prices are too high!" screamed would-be StubHub flippers.

You want to see scary prices? Paul McCartney is only playing like 4 concerts this fall in weird places like here in St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver and Edmonton. At the Scottrade Center, most of the lower bowl tickets are listed for $400+ right now.


After market, of course. I got decent seats for $89 a pop the morning they went on sale for St Louis. He only had 2 n. American shows scheduled at sale time. Driving 7 hrs to show, making a mini vacation out of it before my girl starts nursing program. She's never seen him, but I have about 20 yrs ago. Seen the stones in '89. Glad I did, bur wouldn't go again. Got the Paul tix because of the woman, and really, how much longer can a 70 yr old jet around the world performing? Might be her last chance to see the old bugger jam some Beatles music. /she's younger than me, and has always been jealous that I've seen bands she hasn't, like Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash etc...so it was my surprise for her. I'd rather see Devil makes three again, but it will be fun:)
 
2012-10-19 05:39:38 PM  

CarnySaur: No thank you. I saw them at Altamont in 1969 and got stabbed to death by a Hell's Angel, and now I'm a ghost.


Well, you probably shouldn't have pulled that gun out and waved it around like a mad man.
 
2012-10-19 07:10:38 PM  

mjones73: rudemix: I understand that an artists music is their music to do what they like with but when it comes to the Stones and money I will forever have a fack them attitude after they way they completely boned the Verve over Bittersweet Symphony to the hilt.

Except it was the record company that held the rights to the early Stones material that sued them, not the Rolling Stones themselves..

"After "Bittersweet Symphony" became a hit single, the group was sued by former Stones manager Allen Klein (who owns the copyrights to the band's pre-1970 songs because of aggressive business practices). He claimed the Verve broke the agreement when they supposedly used a larger portion than was covered in the license, something the group vehemently disputed.
The Verve layered nearly fifty tracks of instrumentation, including novel string arrangements, to create a distinctly new song. In fact, the song's signature swirling orchestral melody was recorded and arranged by the Verve; the sample from the instrumental record is largely buried under other tracks in the chorus.
The band eventually settled out of court and handed over 100 percent of their songwriting royalties because it seemed cheaper than fighting for a legal ruling that might not end in their favor. As if things couldn't have gotten worse, they were then sued by another old Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. Klein went after the Verve for infringing on the songwriting copyright, which he owned, but Oldham possessed the copyright on the sampled sound recording."


http://www.thevervelive.com/2005/05/bitter-sweet-symphony-controversy - and.html


Allen Klien was truly one history's greatest a-holes. He had more to do with breaking up the Beatles the john's smack, Paul's bossiness and Yoko combined.
 
2012-10-19 07:47:48 PM  
Paid $7.50 to see Led farking Zeppelin in '78. That is all.
 
2012-10-19 07:58:10 PM  
Baby Boomers. Will pay any amount to demonstrate that they're still cool.
 
2012-10-19 08:48:10 PM  
After working in the music industry for many years I still cannot think of one band that charges their fans the absolute highest prices for everything they put out from tshirts to tickets the way the Stones do. They rape every last dime they can pull in from a mostly working class fan base.
Assholes.
 
2012-10-19 09:12:42 PM  

DWitchiewoman: After working in the music industry for many years I still cannot think of one band that charges their fans the absolute highest prices for everything they put out from tshirts to tickets the way the Stones do. They rape every last dime they can pull in from a mostly working class fan base.
Assholes.


Even Kiss?
 
2012-10-19 11:01:21 PM  

Happy Hours: To quote David Crosby in the late '90s "If they don't want to pay that much they can stay home" (referring to CSNY ticket prices).


That's a surprisingly un-hippie attitude. I thought those guys were cool and laid-back...
 
2012-10-20 12:55:32 AM  

Krymson Tyde: If you think the tickets are too expensive I have an easy, no fuss remedy. Just don't buy one. There, see? It doesn't require any biatching or moaning to do.


So.... There is no such thing as profiteering or taking advantage of your name to soak wealthy rubes and deny the chance or squelch the desire to see you perform by over valuing your performance?

This heads into a moral scenario for me.

/not a commie but not 'what the market will bear, regardless' either.
 
2012-10-20 01:21:43 AM  

T.M.S.: mjohnson71: wildcardjack: Pricing their tickets at $500+ just cuts out the middle man scalper.

Why are the Stones playing at Newark? Are they STILL renovating Madison Square Garden?

No. The garden is done with the renovation. It looks great but I miss the wrap around aisle.


I always loved the atmosphere, but the Garden always had the worst sight lines of any modern arena. That and they tore down Pennsylvania Station to build it.
 
2012-10-20 05:53:38 AM  

schubie: TheGreatGazoo: As a side note, who'd a thunk Keith Richards would have lived to be 68?

Keith knows his limits. He's got a great philosophy. He can only get so high so he stops when he gets to that point. People who go further are the ones who get into trouble. Plus he only did pharmaceutical grade cocaine and cut his own heroin so he always knew the purity and the cut. I'm sure the booze he drinks is top, top shelf. I recommend his autobiography "Life."


While I believe what he wrote about hard drugs, I've seen interviews where Keith is mixing drinks with just whatever is in the green room mini-bar (mostly Jim Beam.)

I don't think he's ever been picky when it comes to booze. 

/Saw the Stones in 97. Cost about $150, but they were really good seats.
//Great show once they got through their 25 minutes of stuff from the "new album."
 
2012-10-20 11:02:52 AM  
I am waiting for the Ramones reunion.

I wonder how much those tickets will cost?
 
2012-10-20 11:25:05 AM  

Enemabag Jones: I am waiting for the Ramones reunion.

I wonder how much those tickets will cost?


Yeah. They will first do a warm-up show at CBGB.
 
2012-10-20 12:05:46 PM  
I don't like old people on a rock and roll stage. Me included.
Grace Slick
 
2012-10-20 12:35:06 PM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: T.M.S.: mjohnson71: wildcardjack: Pricing their tickets at $500+ just cuts out the middle man scalper.

Why are the Stones playing at Newark? Are they STILL renovating Madison Square Garden?

No. The garden is done with the renovation. It looks great but I miss the wrap around aisle.

I always loved the atmosphere, but the Garden always had the worst sight lines of any modern arena. That and they tore down Pennsylvania Station to build it.


The sight lines are ok if you are playing 360. It's the godamm low ceiling and unmoveable scoreboard that sucks there. That and IATSE local 1.
The penn station thing was a crime too.
 
2012-10-20 01:45:48 PM  

T.M.S.: CigaretteSmokingMan: T.M.S.: mjohnson71: wildcardjack: Pricing their tickets at $500+ just cuts out the middle man scalper.

Why are the Stones playing at Newark? Are they STILL renovating Madison Square Garden?

No. The garden is done with the renovation. It looks great but I miss the wrap around aisle.

I always loved the atmosphere, but the Garden always had the worst sight lines of any modern arena. That and they tore down Pennsylvania Station to build it.

The sight lines are ok if you are playing 360. It's the godamm low ceiling and unmoveable scoreboard that sucks there. That and IATSE local 1.
The penn station thing was a crime too.


I was thinking of the sight lines for basketball and hockey. The bowl of the arena is too wide and shallow.
 
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