Ronnie Wood Defends Rolling Stones Ticket Prices

The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood has defended the ticket prices for the band's up -coming shows in London and New Jersey.

Ronnie Wood Defends Rolling Stones Ticket Prices
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The guitarist has said that the band don't feel bad about the price of a ticket for the shows at the O2 Arena (November 25, 29) and Newark Prudential Center (December 13, 15) as they've already spent millions on the gigs. Wood said: "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." Tickets for the London shows range from £90 to a deluxe VIP package priced at £950, which has left many fans frustrated as they cannot afford to fork out to see the legendary group. Previously, Keith Richards claimed the ticket prices which will see the band personally pocket around £16 million were "about right to us". However, he added: "I just wanna do some shows and I don't want to charge over the bloody top." Last week, it was revealed Ronnie Wood will be joined at the altar by Keith Richards and Rod Stewart when he gets married for the third time. As previously reported, Wood will marry Sally Humphreys next year. Newspaper reports suggest that The Rolling Stones guitarist will take the unusual step of having three best men on his big day with Keith Richards and Rod Stewart filling two of the three spots and one of Wood's three sons filling the final slot. The wedding will come after Ronnie joins his Rolling Stones bandmates the O2 Arena shows and two shows in New York in December. It was confirmed last week that one of the New Jersey dates will be broadcast in the UK by Sky Box Office. Thanks to NME for the report.

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    Smegal
    Hold on, Spending a MILLION to rehearse in paris?! I play the bulls**t card on this one... I can rehearse with a 5 piece band for 50 in a half decent studio here in the UK. Unless they are renting mansions and lining their studio with gold bars this simply is not true...
    Jesus_Dean
    Exactly! ...which is why I'm gonna go down to the corner pub and watch some 2-bit band play 4-5 hours for a 5 cover charge.
    captainperoxide
    "We've got to make something." I'm torn. On the one hand, they certainly deserve to turn a profit for the shows they play. On the other hand, do they need the money? Not bloody likely.
    TimLarkin
    Ronnie is old as shit and is clearly senile if he thinks that he deserves 16M. What a snob. The only reason he's famous is because we, the fans, supported them; how do they repay us? By charging 100 dollars for nosebleed seats? You, Ronnie, can go shag a sheep.
    USCENDONE BENE
    The Rolling Stones are a touring joke, and it makes me sad. They've been playing extravagant shows for years now so why not strip it down a bit and make it about the music again? I'm not saying 'play a basement show', but do things a little more modestly. If they cut down their ticket prices but also their expenses tenfold they would still be able to make loads of cash, if that's all that matters to them.
    DickHardwood
    Come on guys, I know it's not fair but they're Rolling Stones. They're in their 70s, you can't expect a group of old guys to tour on a budget after 50 years in the industry. They use a big band and massive production. Besides, people cough up 700$ for stupid shit like iPhones. I'd rather spend a grand on seeing live the people that gave inspiration to rock music as we know it for decades now up and close vip and all. 100$ for a ticket? Hell yeah, I don't have to eat EVERY day. I gladly gave that money for RHCP tickets and I'm not rich or anything. Spend selectively.
    Crimson.King
    And I thought the $500 VIP package to see Procol Harum and Yes (including an after-show meet & greet) last August was a lot of money.
    Burning-Ice
    Even if they are Rolling Stones, nobody can accept to pay that much for a show. This way the Stones look like they only care about money, not about their fans. I'm sad, I won't see them... For sure I'm not the only one. However Rolling Stones Forever!
    elove89
    Seeing the centuries-long preserved mummies of ancient Egypt can't expected to be cheap.
    MthrfknBrkdwN
    Nickelback are the best band in the world. Down votes and replies = I win.
    TheNameOfNoone
    Your intention is to get some upvotes and no replies with reverse psychology. I see through your tricks and give you a downvote AND a reply. Bitch.
    Rockeagle540
    Ok dude, lets get one thing straight, i love nickelback, but from what i can gather, their fanbase is full of complete *****s ,like you, who bring them down, this comment has nothing to do with the stones so please, GTFO
    Wooohooo
    These are the usual prices for such gigs in Russia. Pretty often it can be even worse.
    MrCheezus
    Plus, this will eliminate scalping. When you're the biggest rock band of all time, the demand is unprecedented.
    diablo9333
    Why would they need to spend millions on the stage and on rehearsing? With the stage, I understand they want to enhance the experience, but why would they need a million for rehearsing? What the **** do they do that costs a million dollars at a rehearsal? Like cut the costs and then tell us why ticket prices need to be that high. Not that I really care, because I don't plan on seeing them live. But seriously, this is ****ing ridiculous
    Pit_
    of vourse he does, i would too if i were in the band getting a million.
    diablo9333
    Why would they need to spend millions on the stage and on rehearsing? With the stage, I understand they want to enhance the experience, but why would they need a million for rehearsing? What the **** do they do that costs a million dollars at a rehearsal? Like cut the costs and then tell us why ticket prices need to be that high. Not that I really care, because I don't plan on seeing them live. But seriously, this is ****ing ridiculous.
    Madferit420
    I love the stones of course but ill be honest, i don't think I'd pay to see them anymore
    Rockeagle540
    Aparently the stones have now ''lost their touch''. i was talking to some guy who seen them recently and they said it was just like a jamming session, theyre ment to be absolute shit these days, he said the only people hed spend that kind of money on is Springsteen or AC/DC, because with them, you get 3 hours of a pure rock show, no ****ing around
    metacarpi
    Previously, Keith Richards claimed the ticket prices which will see the band personally pocket around 16 million were "about right to us" Yeah, seems reasonable - multi-millionaires gonna multi-millionaire.
    diablo9333
    Why would they need to spend millions on the stage and on rehearsing? With the stage, I understand they want to enhance the experience, but why would they need a million for rehearsing? What the **** do they do that costs a million dollars at a rehearsal? Like cut the costs and then tell us why ticket prices need to be that high. Not that I really care, because I don't plan on seeing them live. But seriously, this is ****ing ridiculous.