That the Rolling Stones were charging upwards of £100 for their recent London shows has sparked debates about the soaring price of concert tickets. Now the Stones themselves have weighted in, claiming that the costs of putting on the shows justify the expense. Speaking to Billboard, Mick Jagger had the following comments.
"You might say, 'the tickets are too expensive'. Well, it's a very expensive show to put on, just four shows because normally you do a hundred shows and you'd have the same expenses".
"Most of the tickets go for a higher price than we've sold them for, so you can see the market is there. We don't participate in that profit. If a ticket costs £250 and goes for £1000, I want to point out that we don't get that difference."
"We've already spent a million on rehearsing in Paris. And the stage is going to be another few million. And the lights."
As Ultimate-Guitar reported last week, Ronnie Wood recently shared Jagger's sentiments in an interview with the Telegraph: "We've already spent a million on rehearsing in Paris. And the stage is going to be another few million. And the lights. We feel no bad thing about ticket prices. We've got to make something."
The band recently released the second of the new singles from their up and coming Greatest Hits album. The track, titled "One More Shot", follows the release of "Doom And Gloom" last month. "Grrr!", the latest Stones compilation, is released today (November 12th).
It is still rumored that former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor may be appearing at either London or New Jersey shows later this month.