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Old 11-18-2013, 02:50 AM   #1
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Anyone else fed up with ticket prices?

There's a Pearl Jam concert within a decent distance from my house but it's 150 dollars just for the upper reserves.

The Rolling Stones average at about 250 dollars. I even noticed the largely unpopular band Asia was performing at the Warfield in SF for 98 dollars minimum.

How can anybody afford to go to these shows? Or am I just usually poor?
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone else fed up with ticket prices?

I'm with you 100% BeatlesFan. I don't understand how an album that lasts for decades is $10 and a concert ticket that lasts two hours is $150.

I mean I love going to concerts, but with how high ticket prices are, there are a lot of awesome acts I'd love to have seen but couldn't afford to. And even if they're one of my favorite artists, unless they're headlining I'm just not willing to put up that much dough. I've had to miss out on some of my favorites just because they were opening. But I'm not paying $200 for a 40 minute set.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:36 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone else fed up with ticket prices?

Anyone else fed up with ticket prices?

Yes I am and Ticketmaster too!
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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There's a Pearl Jam concert within a decent distance from my house but it's 150 dollars just for the upper reserves.

The Rolling Stones average at about 250 dollars. I even noticed the largely unpopular band Asia was performing at the Warfield in SF for 98 dollars minimum.

How can anybody afford to go to these shows? Or am I just usually poor?
Those sound like broker prices. Pearl Jam tickets are usually reasonable if you can get them before the brokers do.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:35 AM   #5
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There's a Pearl Jam concert within a decent distance from my house but it's 150 dollars just for the upper reserves.
huh? no they are not. PJ tickets are under $100 for all performances on this tour. I went to three shows (although one was free connections) tickets were $90 and $70. You must be looking at tickets thru a broker. PJ also play in excess of 3 hours on this tour.

I agree tickets are getting a bit out of hand. However, what do you expect when everyone downloads the albums for free.

However, at the same time tickets are also cheap. Stop seeing established bands and go see up and coming bands. I'm going to see two bands next month both tickets were $15.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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There's a Pearl Jam concert within a decent distance from my house but it's 150 dollars just for the upper reserves.

The Rolling Stones average at about 250 dollars. I even noticed the largely unpopular band Asia was performing at the Warfield in SF for 98 dollars minimum.

How can anybody afford to go to these shows? Or am I just usually poor?
The only way to stop escalating ticket prices is when enough people stop paying for them that the artist and/or promoter is forced to lower the price.

It's like any other business -- if enough people are willing to pay the set price, then it's unlikely the price will come down.

And, like hightea mentioned, most musicians make nothing from record sales because of downloading and sharing, so they have to make up for loss revenue somewhere.

This is the new reality of music today...
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone else fed up with ticket prices?

There are exceptions. I was stunned to find Porcupine Tree playing a local dive here in Charlotte back in 2010.

For $20.

Of course I went.
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I try to win tickets offered by radio stations but never win.......
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:39 AM   #9
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Re: Anyone else fed up with ticket prices?

Of course i've been fed up with ticket prices. Only for about the last 20 years.
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Of course i've been fed up with ticket prices. Only for about the last 20 years.
I remember being freaked out by the price of tickets for the first Lollapalooza show in '92. I think they were $35.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #11
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Arcade Fire $70 Top Tix A Bargain In 2014

https://www.rocknycliveandrecorded.co...n-in-2014.html
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Arcade Fire $70 Top Tix A Bargain In 2014

https://www.rocknycliveandrecorded.co...n-in-2014.html
well I saw them back before they were big several times for under $20. I do agree their live show is usually great. Although, not sure the new album songs will work great live.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #13
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Re: Anyone else fed up with ticket prices?

I remember in 1977 $20 tickets for Led zeppelin, using CPI calculator, that's $78 today. Like wise those $8 records in 77 should be $30. So hitea's right, lost revenue being made up.
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Back in 1965 a stereo LP cost $3.00-$3.50. Meanwhile a concert ticket to see the Rolling Stones (when they were really fabulous) cost $5.50. A CD today costs about $15.00 while a Stones' concert ticket costs a minimum of $130 with an average of about $375.

Yeah, concert ticket prices are outrageous these days and I'm now very reluctant to cough up the price.

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Back in 1965 a stereo LP cost $3.00-$3.50. Meanwhile a concert ticket to see the Rolling Stones (when they were really fabulous) cost $5.50.
Going through the exercise of adjusting these 1965 prices for inflation using an objective index (i.e. one not derived from the government's figures which are based on some arbitrary and thus subjective basket of goods) is interesting. What we all carried around in our pockets in the early weeks of 1965 was pre-1965 dimes and quarters with a silver composition of 90%. Each quarter contained 5.625 grams of silver. At today's silver price of $22.57 per troy ounce or $0.7256 per gram, each pre-1965 quarter has a value of $4.08 today.

Therefore an LP priced at 13 quarters on 2 January 1965 would cost $53.06 in today's terms. A ticket to see the Rolling Stones priced at 22 quarters would cost $89.76 in today's terms.

The conclusion once again is that CDs are a great value these days while live concert shows are excruciatingly expensive.

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