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EL Conquestidor
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#1
How much do think, in todays economy, is a FAIR price to charge for a concert ticket.
Myself, I saw most of the 70's big names for less than $10. And I quit going to concerts when ticket prices went over $25. (Last concert I attended was in 1999). It seems the average price nowdays around here is $30-$40. But then there's the Eagles or Stones tours that go SKY HIGH.
Well, unless SRV rises from the grave for a one night only show, $25. is my limit. And the greedy bastards can kiss my ass.
TheHeartbreaker
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#2
Yeah, I honestly think that it's rediculous that some concerts (such at The Eagles) are $100 for ****ty tickets.

Most bands probably charge an average of $50 for good seats, with the really good seats probably closing in on $100.

However, you have to remember that the price of money changed - $10 in the 70s isn't the same as $10 now.

My dad used to tell me he got baseball cards with a piece of gum for about a quarter, and now they're a few dollars.
psychodelia
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#3
I don't shell out big money for concerts. I can go to a concert with a friend's band or a local band I know for a few bucks, and have a great time.

Some of my friends think nothing of dropping $50+ for mediocre seats at a show by an old classic rock band, which I think is pretty crazy.
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VoodooChild15
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#4
I find that most big modern bands charge around $35, whereas up-and-comers charge $18 or $20. If John Lennon and George Harrison were still alive and the Beatles decided to tour, I'd pay today's classic rock ticket prices, but on no other circumstances (well, maybe if it was the same situation with John Bonham).
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TheHeartbreaker
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#5
When I went to see The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2004, I got great tickets (I believe 8th row) at $65.

A little pricey, but great seats and two bands, so maybe it wasn't that bad of a deal.
psychodelia
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#6
The only reason I might consider putting out big money (and even then I'd really have to think about it) would be for a band or artist that is very heavy on improvisation. If I might be able to get to see some great music created, instead of hearing a band essentially being a jukebox, I would be quite tempted to go.

Also, I just used an inflation calculator, and it said $10 in 1970 is worth about $50 in 2005. I don't know how accurate it is, it's right here: http://www.westegg.com/inflation/
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a_fallenzero
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#7
I know its not classic rock but OZZfest charges around $70 for a lawn seat in the back.
A recent study shows that 92% of all teenagers have moved on to rap music. Put this in your profile if you are one of the 8% who stayed with the real music.


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TheHeartbreaker
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#8
Quote by psychodelia
The only reason I might consider putting out big money (and even then I'd really have to think about it) would be for a band or artist that is very heavy on improvisation. If I might be able to get to see some great music created, instead of hearing a band essentially being a jukebox, I would be quite tempted to go.


Exactly.

I'd pay $100 to see The Allman Brothers Band rather than $50 to see... say, Journey.

Not that Journey is bad, but I don't think that they really improvise or anything.
EL Conquestidor
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#9
Quote by psychodelia
The only reason I might consider putting out big money (and even then I'd really have to think about it) would be for a band or artist that is very heavy on improvisation. If I might be able to get to see some great music created, instead of hearing a band essentially being a jukebox, I would be quite tempted to go.

Also, I just used an inflation calculator, and it said $10 in 1970 is worth about $50 in 2005. I don't know how accurate it is, it's right here: http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

I'm the opposite. I want to see/hear it exactly like I heard it the 1st time. That's why I'll never see the Stones again. IMO they phoned in the concert I saw and butchered their own music. Hey, we GOT THEIR MONEY, what do we care if we put on a decent show. ( I will concede that the Stones St.Louis concert that was made into DVD was DAMN GOOD! I was in STL that night and heard it similcast on the radio).
Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) felt the same way after seeing a Stones concert. He drilled the boys in Skynyrd to the point that they could play each song EXACTLY the same way, drunk, stoned, or sleeping.
If you like improv, The Gratefull Dead is YOUR BAND. Concerts are basically onstage "noodle fests".
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TheHeartbreaker
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#10
The Allman Brothers Band can't improvise, man.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not going to go to a Stones show and expect improvising from them, but I'd pay more money to see a band that can improvise (such as The Allman Brothers Band) than less money to see a band that can't.
psychodelia
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#11
Yeah, although tightness is important for all the bands. Firstly, I would like a tight band that can improvise, but on the other hand I will take a tight band over an experimental one that isn't together.
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psychodelia
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#13
Just stating the obvious

I really should try to go to more jazz concerts, now that I think about it.
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EL Conquestidor
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#14
Hank Jr. is another big improv guy. If you go to his concerts to see him do his traditional songs, you'll be HIGHLY dissappinted.
TheHeartbreaker
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#15
Same.

I don't really go to many concerts as it is, but my dad goes to a lot - mostly jazz, though.

There's this one bar downtown that has a lot of jazz bands play there. They aren't famous or anything, but who cares?

There was some guy my parents saw recently my dad has a few CDs of... can't exactly remember the name at the moment, though.
telex289
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#16
ticket prices are ridiculous.. its sad whats happened to the industry. my dad hasnt been to a concert in years because of this, he used to go to shows all the time.. even just a few years ago prices werent ridiculous. now all these huge corporations (livenation, ticketmaster, musictoday, etc) are completely monopolozing the entire ticketing/venue industry and pumping up ticket prices really high.

and idk why you would want to hear a concert he same the way you heard it the first time. thats just a waste, you would only need to ever see the band once if they were just goign to play the same way they did the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th time you saw them..
im not saying every band has to be like the dead, but seriously thats part of putting on a show.. you suprise the crowd, blow their minds with epic solos, and give them something they've never seen before.
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#18
ive got $325 front row tickets to see the rolling stones and ill most likely have backstage tickets
EL Conquestidor
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#19
Well if Keef falls off the stage, do try to catch him. He's getting old you know.
hardrock1315
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#20
25, maybe 30 if I'm aching to see the band and also depending on the venue. I don't really think either is fair, though. 15 is really the highest fair price.
BlueOyster23
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#22
For the thread starter, I think you may have mispelt El Conquistador(Spanish for The Conqueror)...

Anyways, I don't mind coughing out money to see classic concerts, because you don't know if those people could be around tomorrow(i.e. Hendrix, Janis Joplin[though at the time they weren't classic]), or something could happen that may affect them(i.e. Lou Gramm, Steven Tyler).
I gladly paid ___ to see these bands

$50 Bob Dylan & Willie Nelson
$50? B.B. King
$12 Styx & A kick ass local band
$37.50 Alice Cooper
$22 Foreigner

Note, that the only 'bad' seating was for the B.B. concert
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ledhed68
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#24
i got tickets to see The Who for $95, its pretty close to the stage, but still 95 is a s***load of money, but its probably worth it, but then i got tickets to see buddy guy (not classic rock but, eh) for 45 at the Ravinia in Chicago, and they were damn good seats, im expecting buddy guy to put on a better show than the who, but the point of this is that if people are willing to pay 100 bucks for a seat, then businesswise you should do it, but you also will probably not be liked


edit: Wow that was a rather pointless post
TheHeartbreaker
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#25
Wow - $95 to see "The Who"?

If it was the original band (or maybe even Pete, Roger, and John), but $95 to see Roger and Pete?

Man... that's expensive.

Buddy Guy is awesome.
BlueOyster23
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#26
^Well, technically they opened for Styx, but due to the Midwesterness of my state, most people listen to country and local bands.

I'd actually seen the band before, they're like pop meets Tom Petty or The Rolling Stones, with a female vocalist. They've got 2(or 3) albums and have opened for REO Speedwagon too.

But anyways,the thing about concerts is that as long as you get decent seats, there's a good chance you can get in the 'pit' area.
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ledhed68
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#27
to TheHeartbreaker

yes its expensive, but me and my dad are going and the who never went to Iceland when he absolutely loved them and now its his chance to see them, and i want to go too so we got tickets, but can you believe that its one of the least expensive tickets!!!?!?!
BlueOyster23
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^I agree, usually if you live in an obscure place(i.e. Iceland, Iowa, any other place that starts with an I) you usually need to jump at a concert, because it might be the only one by the artist there in a long time.
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TheHeartbreaker
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#29
Quote by ledhed68
to TheHeartbreaker

yes its expensive, but me and my dad are going and the who never went to Iceland when he absolutely loved them and now its his chance to see them, and i want to go too so we got tickets, but can you believe that its one of the least expensive tickets!!!?!?!


WHAT?!

It sucks your dad never got to see them until there was only the Pete and Roger left.
ledhed68
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#30
^to BlueOyster23, well we live in Wisconsin now, so theres way more opportunities now, but still, its Wisconsin
ledhed68
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#32
^very true,

anyways, how long do you guys think the price of tickets will be this high

My theory is that its connected to the gas prices, ITS ALL A CONSPIRACY!!!!

just kidding, but i think that eventually people will stop going to concerts it the ticket prices keep going up
crazynickman
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#33
I just saw recently that 18 USD in 1970 is now about $93....the article (I guess it was Wikipedia) was about the Isle of Wight festival and why the crowd was all pissy, so really tickets today should never break 100, but they tend to with big names. Me personally, I have no qualms paying $150-200 to see the Who .....
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TheHeartbreaker
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#34
^^I was watching the Isle of Wight Jethro Tull documentary, and the people that were in charge of the show wanted the crowd to leave so Tull could have sound check.

Everyone was getting pissy because they would have to pay for tickets.

The band didn't mind them staying, but the workers made it sound like the band wanted them to leave, so Tull's manager bitched as everyone.
ledhed68
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#35
^Yea, usually if a band gets bad press, its usually the magamement to blame, not the band itself
crazynickman
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#36
^There were mutliple problems with the whole thing but it turned out good for The Who and Jimi hendrix, as usual.
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ledhed68
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#37
how many of the same festivals did the who and jimi hendrix play. It seems like they always play at the same festivals
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#39
Well here's a question. Take a 'classic' band that's touring today - Stones, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, etc. Many of these bands have a stage setup that includes ramps that jut out into the audience, many big screens, pyro, effects, etc. And the money that eventually gets to the band has to be split among the (usual) 4 or 5 members, or if you're the Stones, 6.02 x 10^23 members

So, for any of you who are really familiar with the touring business, what's the lowest ticket price that would cover all of these expenses? Some of you said you wouldn't shell out more than 15 bucks from a concert, but I have a hard time seeing how $15 could cover all of the things I've seen at some concerts, and still turn out a profit for the record company & band. Gotta be realistic.
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#40
6.02 x 10^23 = a mole! God I actually remembered something from Chem...
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