New Order & Pet Shop Boys are touring together this summer/fall. I was a big fan of both back in high school, and I do love me some live music, so I figured I’d take a run at some tickets. They’re playing here in Toronto at Budweiser Stage, an amphitheater-type open-air venue with covered seats and a GA lawn area on the hill behind the seating.
I’m too old for that lawn game anymore, so I looked at the section 200 seating: $500 per ticket. So, $1000 for me and my bride to see these dinosaurs lip-sync to music from 30-40 years ago. Are they out of their minds? The lawn seats – general admission, uncovered, sitting on grass, potentially getting rained on – are $92.50. A hundred bucks to sit a kilometer away on grass?
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
I guess that’s what we get in the Spotify age, but holy hell that’s insane.
I paid a not-small amount of money for my mate and I to see Roger Waters this summer. We don’t overlap much musically, and I know Roger isn’t going to phone it in, so I didn’t mind paying them. We are going to make a mini-vacation out of it though.
The wife and I will be seeing Ringo Starr and also Judy Collins with Arlo Guthrie in June. Tickets $50 per person at Tanglewood, inside the shed so we won’t get rained on. We saw Stephen Stills with Judy Collins and also David Crosby plus some old friends there two summers ago. Were going to see Brian Wilson too, but the show got cancelled. Tickets were around $50 each then also.
The average concert I go to is about $15. By which I mean half are $10 local shows at the dive bar down the road from my house and half are $20 mid-tier European metal acts at the smallish standing-room-only concert venue the next town over.
God, I fucking hate amphitheater/stadium concerts. The sound is terrible, being outdoors for the former is terrible, the views are terrible, the prices are awful, and never include the 75% in fees you get by getting fucked by Ticketmaster/Livenation.
I’m going to see Haken and The Contortionist tonight in Richmond, VA for $23 with taxes and fees. Tomorrow night, they join Devin Townsend in a small Livenation venue in Charlotte (which I’m also going to because FUCK YES Devin Townsend), and the price jumps to $51 with taxes and fees.
I just saw this morning that Genesis (the 3-member version) is going on tour. I would be mildly tempted (I’d rather see Peter Gabriel) but I would expect the tickets to be ridiculous. The Stones are also touring soon, but I would expect those to be even worse.
I mean there certainly ARE acts that I don’t regret spending more to see than seemed rational at the time. Stevie Ray Vaughan. John Mayall. BB King. Johnny Lee Hooker. Pink Floyd. Peter Gabriel. Genesis.
I am still a fan of both bands (the latest PSB album that just came out last month is great!), and I was really excited that they’re touring with New Order. But then I saw that the closest they will come to Kansas City is Minnesota! Jeez!
During the 90s I went to quite a few concerts in St. Louis. The last one I went to was Sting. I loved Sting, but I couldn’t afford good seats up front anymore since prices had already started going up a lot. So I bought lawn seats, and oh man, never again. When you’re sitting near the front, lawn seats don’t look like they are that far back, but when you’re sitting on the lawn, they really are too far. It felt like it would have been better to sit at home and listen to a Sting CD instead.