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(24/7 Wall Street)   Think you paid too much for those concert tickets? Here are the 10 most expensive concert tickets out there   (247wallst.com) divider line 139
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2014-03-08 08:45:29 PM
Rich baby boomers pay ridiculous amounts of money to see bands from their youth, film at 11.
 
2014-03-08 09:14:05 PM
And not one of them getting a brown penny from me.
 
2014-03-08 09:23:19 PM

Mugato: Rich baby boomers pay ridiculous amounts of money to see bands from their youth, film at 11.


THIS
And to the subby that picked Asinine over Obvious, um, why?
Too poor to see a live show?
LOL
 
2014-03-08 09:31:15 PM

Mugato: Rich baby boomers pay ridiculous amounts of money to see bands from their youth, film at 11.


That's what I'd think too if I didn't read the article.
 
2014-03-08 09:35:57 PM
$460 for One Direction?  Where do the tweens come up with that kind of dough?

I wouldn't walk across the street to see the Eagles.  They were overplayed/played out in the 80s.

Supposedly the most expensive tickets out in Vegas are for Donnie and Marie Osmond, and the concert goer average age is around 80.
 
2014-03-08 09:36:55 PM
are these before or after you get ripped off by resellers.
 
2014-03-08 09:38:04 PM

The DBS: Mugato: Rich baby boomers pay ridiculous amounts of money to see bands from their youth, film at 11.

That's what I'd think too if I didn't read the article.


They aren't quite all baby boomer bands, granted.
 
2014-03-08 09:38:08 PM
Citation Needed

My wife saw Maroon 5 last year and paid around $50
 
2014-03-08 09:38:55 PM
9. Pink

My 85-year-old mom really likes that "Just Give Me a Reason" song so she bought the whole album. It amuses me to think of her sitting in her car when "Blow Me" comes on.
 
2014-03-08 09:39:17 PM
10. Sir Paul (no idea why they include "the Beatles" with that, that sure as shiat isn't ever happening)
9. Pink
8. Fleetwood Mac
7. Beyonce
6. Roger Waters
5. Justin Timberlake
4. Eagles
3. Maroon 5
2. One Direction
1. Rolling Stones

5 acts from the 70s or earlier, one boy band, one massive poser and his band, the two hottest R&B/pop acts out there, and Pink.

I'd see Pink - everything I've ever seen of her live work sounds awesome.  I have no desire to see the current incarnations of any of the five classic rock bands on there, which is sad because i grew up listening to all of that. (Well, except for Roger Waters solo work.  Mostly because I've disliked him since I figured him out.)
 
2014-03-08 09:40:02 PM
At the Paramount Theater in Seattle, the triple bill of Nazareth, Blue Oyster Cult and the headliner, Cold Blood was $4.00. BOC had released their second album, but weren't well known yet. My friends and I didn't stay for Cold Blood, because after BOC put on such a good show, it would have been a let down.
 
2014-03-08 09:44:23 PM
I saw Maroon 5 twice last year. (There was a girl involved. Don't judge me.) Once was in a basketball arena, and once I had lawn seats at an outdoor venue. All 4 tickets put together didn't cost $364. To get these averages they must be including the people who buy the VIP package with backstage passes and meet and greets and what not.
 
2014-03-08 09:51:45 PM
Whoa.  Let's see... I could go to 10 shows, or pay my rent for a half a year, or buy a used car.

I think the most I ever spent on a ticket was $60 from a scalper to have 4th row seats for Deep Purple on their House of Blue Light tour at Irvine Meadows.  But that was 1987 money, so I can kinda understand.
Had a girlfriend drop a C-note for me to go see James Brown with her on his last tour and I couldn't stop thinking that the solo Maceo Parker show I'd seen before for free was twice as good.
 
2014-03-08 09:52:07 PM

FriarReb98: I'd see Pink - everything I've ever seen of her live work sounds awesome.


I think she'd do a good James Bond song. She could be a villainess too.
 
2014-03-08 09:55:43 PM
I paid $75 to see the Eagles on their Hell Freezes Over tour. We sat in loge, right behind the sound board. It was an amazing show, but I'll be damned if I'd pay $350 to see them again.

/Average is skewed by high-enders, no doubt
//Oh, and suck it Eagles haters.
 
2014-03-08 09:57:13 PM
Randy Hansen doing his Hendrix show at Jazzbones in Tacoma two weeks ago.  Twelve bucks.  Outplays everyone on that list.
 
2014-03-08 09:59:19 PM
FTFA:
> Most recent album: Kisses on the Bottom (2012)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_%28album%29

Stopped reading there.  If you can't get a simple and easy-to-look-up thing like that right, why should I bother?
 
2014-03-08 10:02:24 PM
Rolling Stones had to lower their ticket prices in LA last year due to poor initial sales.
 
2014-03-08 10:02:48 PM
The Rolling Stones have always been meh in concert.  That includes back in the day when they were relevant.

/imho
 
2014-03-08 10:11:55 PM
Paid $15 for Faith No More/Guns n Roses/Metallica. Axl was 2 hours late, James Hetfield got his arm burned to shiat, I got my ass kicked in the mosh pit. Awesome time.
 
2014-03-08 10:18:13 PM

Mugato: Paid $15 for Faith No More/Guns n Roses/Metallica. Axl was 2 hours late, James Hetfield got his arm burned to shiat, I got my ass kicked in the mosh pit. Awesome time.


you were at that show?! That one is legendary.
 
2014-03-08 10:19:53 PM
Poison

When Randy Hansen plays at The Tulalip Casino, it is free.
 
2014-03-08 10:20:55 PM
Luckily there's nobody on that list I'd want to see live anyway.
 
2014-03-08 10:24:13 PM
Over $1500 in the last year for McCartney and the Eagles, the you get brutally ass-raped buying food and beer.
 
2014-03-08 10:25:32 PM

darch: Mugato: Paid $15 for Faith No More/Guns n Roses/Metallica. Axl was 2 hours late, James Hetfield got his arm burned to shiat, I got my ass kicked in the mosh pit. Awesome time.

you were at that show?! That one is legendary.


Hell yeah. I was 16. The ticket might actually been 20-something dollars. It was obviously a long time ago and my mom paid for the ticket so I'm not quite sure. Kick ass shows, all three.
 
2014-03-08 10:25:37 PM
Legacy acts sucking in Boomers and teenyboppers who suck in kids that lay hate trips on their parents if they don't get to go. There's a surprise.

I was expecting to see Springsteen on that list. For a guy who likes to play at being an ordinary guy, an Everyman, he takes his fans for a fortune at every show.
 
2014-03-08 10:26:29 PM
I wouldn't pay $20 to see any one of them.
 
2014-03-08 10:31:24 PM

Sgygus: The Rolling Stones have always been meh in concert. That includes back in the day when they were relevant.


Never seen them live, but I always assumed they just played their songs like their recordings without much experimentation or variation on stage.

I hate that sh*t. If I'm paying to see a particular band in concert, chances are I already have most if not all of the recorded music already. I'm not saying I expect David Gilmour to play "Comfortably Numb" in a different time signature and with a ukulele for instance on stage, but...change some things up at least.
 
2014-03-08 10:31:35 PM
I paid $100 to see Dolly Parton because she won't be around forever and I wanted to see her before one of us died. Great show also. It was in part to make up for not seeing Johnny Cash at Toad's Place for ten bucks when he was in a career lull in the late 80s. My jerk boyfriend didn't want to go.
 
2014-03-08 10:31:35 PM
Most of the cost is Ticketmaster fees, Ticketmaster convienience fees, and Ticketmaster print-at-home fees. The bands are barely scraping by.
 
2014-03-08 10:34:52 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing Pink.  Looks pretty entertaining and she's a good singer from the videos on Youtube I've seen.  I'd need to find a girl to go with though, so I can pretend she made me go.  Lol.
 
2014-03-08 10:35:01 PM
Dodgy list is dodgy.

I got my daughter One Direction tickets for Christmas. I paid nowhere near $460. Four tickets cost me $300-something total.
 
2014-03-08 10:35:51 PM

Killer Cars: hate that sh*t. If I'm paying to see a particular band in concert, chances are I already have most if not all of the recorded music already. I'm not saying I expect David Gilmour to play "Comfortably Numb" in a different time signature and with a ukulele for instance on stage, but...change some things up at least.


Van Halen is good with that. I saw them once and Eddie just went the fark off. Slash with GnR too.
 
2014-03-08 10:36:12 PM
Fleetwood Mac's last album was Say You Will. Who did the fact checking in this article?? The Eagles did not break up many times.
 
2014-03-08 10:38:32 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: I was expecting to see Springsteen on that list. For a guy who likes to play at being an ordinary guy, an Everyman, he takes his fans for a fortune at every show.


I got dragged to one of his shows and had to cough up the $7.50 to reimburse my girlfriend's best friend for the cost of the ticket.

/had no idea who the guy was
//good show though
///1974
 
2014-03-08 10:39:21 PM
I think this is why there are so many regional festivals popping up all over the place.  Pay like $250 for 3-4 days and a shiat ton of bands.  Or pay that much to see one of these acts.  But $300 is my annual concert budget these days.
 
2014-03-08 10:45:46 PM
I paid $7.25 for 12th row Rolling Stones in 1972. Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were an "outrageous" $25 a few years later. No need to see them again.
 
2014-03-08 10:46:23 PM

Mugato: Van Halen is good with that. I saw them once and Eddie just went the fark off. Slash with GnR too.


Yeah, a talented lead guitarist makes it pretty easy to "change things up". Just let them go crazy.

Some bands I've seen however were almost too extreme in their willingness to deviate from the material. When I saw The Mars Volta after their first album (one that I listened to a lot and knew all the tracks very well going into it) I barely recognized ANY of them while they were playing. Individual songs blurred into 30-minute gobs of sonic carnage.

/it was a good show, but I really wish I ate shrooms or something beforehand. It was a bit odd to appreciate as sober as I was for it.
 
2014-03-08 10:50:47 PM

Ray Vaughn: I paid $7.25 for 12th row Rolling Stones in 1972. Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were an "outrageous" $25 a few years later. No need to see them again.


What about Aerosmith? I thought you and your loser friends were gonna head out to get Aerosmith tickets. It was the top priority of that summer.
 
2014-03-08 10:50:50 PM

Killer Cars: Mugato: Van Halen is good with that. I saw them once and Eddie just went the fark off. Slash with GnR too.

Yeah, a talented lead guitarist makes it pretty easy to "change things up". Just let them go crazy.

Some bands I've seen however were almost too extreme in their willingness to deviate from the material. When I saw The Mars Volta after their first album (one that I listened to a lot and knew all the tracks very well going into it) I barely recognized ANY of them while they were playing. Individual songs blurred into 30-minute gobs of sonic carnage.

/it was a good show, but I really wish I ate shrooms or something beforehand. It was a bit odd to appreciate as sober as I was for it.


The worst are drum solos. To quote Slater in Dazed and Confused, "I ain't believing that shiat about Bonham's hour drum solo, man. An hour of drums? You couldn't handle that shiat on strong acid, man"
 
2014-03-08 10:52:28 PM
I saw The Outlaws open for Heart in '78 for 8 bucks. Even accounting for inflation, take these ticket prices and shove 'em up your ass.

Seen a lotta shows, many of them free. There's no one now I'd pay more than 40 bucks to see, and that's pushing it. Jaded? Maybe. Old? Perhaps. Like I said, been to a lot of shows. Meh.
 
2014-03-08 10:55:15 PM
Diamond studded swimming pools don't grow on trees.
 
2014-03-08 10:56:00 PM
I think the best deal I got on a show was the Genitorturers at the Masquerade at Ybor City, free and farked up.
 
2014-03-08 11:00:28 PM
Worked concert security in college so that I'd never have to pay for tickets.

/only go to see classical concerts now
//best was London Philharmonic playing Beethoven's 9th on Dec 30, 1999
 
2014-03-08 11:00:56 PM

Mugato: darch: Mugato: Paid $15 for Faith No More/Guns n Roses/Metallica. Axl was 2 hours late, James Hetfield got his arm burned to shiat, I got my ass kicked in the mosh pit. Awesome time.

you were at that show?! That one is legendary.

Hell yeah. I was 16. The ticket might actually been 20-something dollars. It was obviously a long time ago and my mom paid for the ticket so I'm not quite sure. Kick ass shows, all three.


You're not Canadian!
 
2014-03-08 11:01:29 PM
More proof that a sucker is born every minute. I wouldn't pay those prices no matter how much money I had.
 
2014-03-08 11:08:49 PM
There are a lot of old people in this thread.
I remember seeing the Spin Doctors in concert once. I was so young that my mother had to go with me. I didn't enjoy it and I haven't been to a concert since.
 
2014-03-08 11:09:11 PM

Ray Vaughn: I paid $7.25 for 12th row Rolling Stones in 1972. Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were an "outrageous" $25 a few years later. No need to see them again.


In 2002 my buddy got tickets to see The Rolling Stones,Fleetwood Mac And The Eagles. It was over a 9 month span.We drove to Vegas each time from San Diego.I loved each concert.It was at the MGM Grand.
Best sounding shows I have ever been to.Joe Walsh (as of 12 years ago)absolutely the  best showman and coolest guitarist I have seen.I loved the Stones too.

/Although the tickets were free,It was Vegas.
//They will comp you the room
///but you will pay for the Hotel
 
2014-03-08 11:09:49 PM
If you reach back in your memory
A little bell might ring
About a time that once existed
When money wasn't king
If you stretch your imagination
I'll tell you all a tale
About a time when everything
Wasn't up for sale

There was this cat named johnny
Who loved to play and sing
When money wasn't king

We'd all get so excited when
John would give a show
We'd raise the cash between us
And down the road we'd go
To hear him play that music
It spoke right to my soul
Every verse a diamond
And every chorus gold
The sound was my salvation
It was only everything
Before money became king

Well I ain't sure how it happened
And i don't know exactly when
But everything got bigger
And the rules began to bend
And they taught the people
How to get their hair to shine
And how sweet life can be
If you keep a tight behind
And they raised the cost of living
And could we have known
They'd doubled the price of tickets
To go see johnny's show

So we hocked all our possessions
And we sold a little dope
And went off to rock and roll

We arrived there early
In time to see rehearsal
And john came out and lip-synched
His new lite beer commercial
And as the crowd arrived
As far as i could see
The faces were all different
There was no one there like me

They sat in golden circles
And waiters served them wine
And they talked through al the music
And to john paid little mind
And way up in the nosebleeds
We watched him on the screen
They'd hung between the billboards
So cheaper seats could see

Johnny rocked that golden circle
And all those VIP's
And that music that had freed us
Became a tired routine
And i saw his face in close-up
Trying to give it all he had
And sometimes his eyes betrayed him
You could see that he was sad
And i tried to rock on with him
But i slowly became bored
Could that man on stage
With everything
Somehow needed more?

There was no use in pretending
No magic left to hear
All the music gave me
Was a craving for lite beer
As i walked out of the arena
My ears began to ring
And money became king
 
2014-03-08 11:10:09 PM

Mugato: Killer Cars: Mugato: Van Halen is good with that. I saw them once and Eddie just went the fark off. Slash with GnR too.

Yeah, a talented lead guitarist makes it pretty easy to "change things up". Just let them go crazy.

Some bands I've seen however were almost too extreme in their willingness to deviate from the material. When I saw The Mars Volta after their first album (one that I listened to a lot and knew all the tracks very well going into it) I barely recognized ANY of them while they were playing. Individual songs blurred into 30-minute gobs of sonic carnage.

/it was a good show, but I really wish I ate shrooms or something beforehand. It was a bit odd to appreciate as sober as I was for it.

The worst are drum solos. To quote Slater in Dazed and Confused, "I ain't believing that shiat about Bonham's hour drum solo, man. An hour of drums? You couldn't handle that shiat on strong acid, man"


I'm a drummer and even I can't take listening to a super extended drum solo. Very few drummers can keep it interesting for that long.

/saw Zeppelin in 1975
//Bonham was awesome but he sure didn't solo for an hour
 
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