Band reacts to rising gig costs with affordable tickets.
Posted on Oct 30, 2012 01:59 pm
With prices for the recently announced Rolling Stones anniversary shows having cost somewhere in the region of £400, questions about the ever-inflating cost of concert tickets have been dominating media discussions in the past weeks. Now, New Jersey based stadium rockers Bon Jovi have weighted in to the debate, offering tickets to their upcoming tour at a recession busting price.
Bon Jovi are charging a mere £12.50 ($20) for tickets on their upcoming U.K arena tour, a tenth of what the Stones were charging for the cheapest tickets of their shows. The band's UK tour promoter Rob Hallett has stated that rock music should always be "the music of the people":
"I was delighted when they came to me insisting on ticket prices for the Because We Can Tour next year that enabled all to attend.If we are to survive as an industry we need to move away from the elitist image of high prices and even higher secondary prices. After all rock and roll always was and always should be the music of the people and that means everyone.A source from the band has also noted "We are in the middle of a recession and that's why the band think £12.50 is perfect."
But what do you, the Ultimate-Guitar readers think about all of this. Have you been caught out by high ticket prices in recent years? Were there bands that you wanted to go and see, but couldn't afford the tickets? Or did you fork out an extortionate amount to see a big arena show, only to be disappointed by what you got for your buck? Let us know in the comments section below.