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Concerts, Why Are They So Much Money?

jesse's mommy
March 22nd, 2006, 09:39 PM
So, I found out there is a House of Blues in Orlando -- which is really cool and I'm excited that we may be able to go there. So I decided to look up some of the upcoming venues and noticed Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is coming. Jim loves them so I'm considering getting us tickets. They aren't that bad -- between $17 - $39 each. Then I decided to look who is coming in the next couple of months and noticed Pat Benatar is coming in June. I'm totally freaking out now because I love Pat Benatar. She just rocks!! But then, I saw the price of the tickets $32.50 - $69!!! I just can't get over the price. Though I love Pat Benatar, when was her last hit? Not to say it this way, but she is sort of a has been, but the tickets are still expensive!!! I don't get it. :confused:

papillonmama
March 22nd, 2006, 09:51 PM
No kidding tickets are getting pricey.
Last concert I went to, ha ha, was The Wiggles (preschoolers band), anyhoo, we paid 37 for each ticket, no childrens prices, just 37 per seat. They are pretty famous, but they are also a kids band.
I haven't been to a concert for adults in a looong time, but if they charge that much for a kids show, I can just imagine what it is for a popular band.:eek:

wdawson
March 22nd, 2006, 09:58 PM
i think the record lables,agents and the venue all want a cut........so when you see the stones are playing in toronto and tickets are $350 cdn......they think the can charge alot less under the premis that its a more intimate setting.......i think they are all over priced. they also use the excuse that record sales are down due to illegel downloading and this is the only way to make money.........not to mention that there are not many concert promoters....clear channel being big in the states...alot of bands have complained about them.........i hope they are throwing in dinner for that price to see pat benatar....lol....ahh the early 80's.....to be that young again:rolleyes:

jesse's mommy
March 22nd, 2006, 10:01 PM
Nope, no dinner. Just the concert. They do have dinner there, but it's extra. I just couldn't believe the price. I would pay it if it was for someone who is "timeless" and survived the 90s and is still well known today, but Pat Benatar basically dropped off the face of the Earth and they still want this!

joeysmama
March 22nd, 2006, 10:04 PM
To charge 37 dollars for a kids concert is unconscionable, in my opinion. One preschooler gets to go but his buddy can't go because the cost is prohibitive. The same thing with amusement parks. What happens with a family that has 3 or more kids, and maybe a financial hurdle or two? It seems unfair.

jesse's mommy
March 22nd, 2006, 10:09 PM
Joeysmama, I totally agree with you. If you look where I'm located you know the major theme park around here and the prices are outrageous! We could barely afford to take Jim and I let alone a family. (We however are lucky because his mom works there -- he he!). But seriously, you almost have to take out a loan to take your kids to a concert or a movie or an amusement park. It really does amaze me. But then people will pay it so they keep raising the prices. It's pretty sad that there are those children who miss out on these things because of the financial burden they pose.

Prin
March 22nd, 2006, 10:14 PM
I remember seeing Beck and Primus in the '90s, both for $15.. Now to see Beck, it's like $70. :eek: Pearl Jam is coming and the tickets are $55 US. I missed Coldplay the second time because it was $71 or something (the first one was ~$25).

I'll just wait for the DVD.:D

wdawson
March 22nd, 2006, 10:17 PM
ahh i like when people have connections.........how about a family pass :D we can be there in a week or so.....lol

wdawson
March 22nd, 2006, 10:18 PM
prin
just whatch the juno awards........cold play is on

mesaana
March 22nd, 2006, 10:20 PM
To answer your question: because people agree to pay it. They charge as much as the market will allow. Which is why I don't go to big concerts anymore. I could probably afford it but I refuse to pay it.

Prin
March 22nd, 2006, 10:23 PM
prin
just whatch the juno awards........cold play is on
Yeah, I heard. :thumbs up Too bad they're all mainstream now.:rolleyes:

To answer your question: because people agree to pay it. They charge as much as the market will allow. Which is why I don't go to big concerts anymore. I could probably afford it but I refuse to pay itI so wish that was true. I mean they do pay, of course, but in the last year, people have stopped going out to movies, IMO because of the price, and still they refuse to lower it. :confused:

mastifflover
March 22nd, 2006, 10:23 PM
The last show I saw was Bryan Ferry at the ACC and the tickets were 97.00 each and those were the 2nd highest price. Outrageous prices mind you he was worth it. Hot Hot Hot But Pat Benatar is someone I expect to see at Casino Rama with the rest of the we had big hits a long time ago. I think my hair may have been fushia back then

jesse's mommy
March 23rd, 2006, 06:01 AM
But Pat Benatar is someone I expect to see at Casino Rama with the rest of the we had big hits a long time ago.

Thank you, that's what I was thinking. You know someone that would be playing at a State Fair or something like that. I mean she rocks, but for $69 a ticket?????

BMDLuver
March 23rd, 2006, 07:49 AM
Yeah, I heard. :thumbs up Too bad they're all mainstream now.:rolleyes:

I so wish that was true. I mean they do pay, of course, but in the last year, people have stopped going out to movies, IMO because of the price, and still they refuse to lower it. :confused:
lol Prin, you said that about movies and on Monday we took the kids to a matinee. It was $30 for the movie, the kids are 3 & 4 for heavens sakes and another $25 for one bag of popcorn, 2 drinks and 2 kids packs.. So for $55 the kids got to see their first movie.. :eek:

Concerts in Montreal at the Bell Center are around $100 I believe.. which is why we haven't seen one in ages.. how anyone can afford $200 to go as a couple is beyond me. That's a week of groceries.. sigh

Prin
March 23rd, 2006, 10:40 AM
Yep. And going out to a movie is 11 rentals.:rolleyes:

jawert1
March 23rd, 2006, 12:21 PM
I now only go to concerts playing at the 930 club in DC, where the last gig I was at was 15.00 USD for 4 bands. I can't in good faith justify 50.00 for a ticket, anymore than I can justify going to the movies. Like Prin said, a night at the movies is 11 rentals, and half of what's out there isn't really worth seeing anyway.

Luvmypit
March 23rd, 2006, 12:44 PM
I just went to the Hilary Duff concert with my step daughter. Cost me 60 dollars a ticket to sit in the nose bleeds! The concert had to special lights or effects, she wore boring closes.... It was just ahh. But for 60 dollars it was ridiculous. 120 ? dang! Oh and this was at copps coliseum in hamilton. Notto mention the 20 dollars it cost to take the 407.

It is sad... Too much money!

jessi76
March 23rd, 2006, 01:06 PM
I tend to spend the money when it's a few bands I like playing at the same venue - then I feel it's worth the $40-$60 a ticket... BUT then the venue charges $10 for ONE cup of beer... for cryin out loud, even a bottle of WATER costs the same as a cup of beer. and if you want a slice of pizza... omg... another $10... by the time you have 2 drinks and a snack it's $30+. And it's not like you can bring anything in with you - you get patted down & felt up by security going into the concert...

jawert1
March 23rd, 2006, 02:43 PM
by the time you have 2 drinks and a snack it's $30+. And it's not like you can bring anything in with you - you get patted down & felt up by security going into the concert...

Yeah and after that I feel like I should be the one getting paid! :rolleyes:

chico2
March 23rd, 2006, 03:03 PM
I saw in the paper today,Barbra Streisands concert sell for $1.500 a ticket,apparently some of it goes to charity...but that is totally off the wall.
I paid $60 something to see Julio Eglesias(ok,I am older than you guys!) a few years back and he was great,worth every dollar.
But I think you are hard put to find any concert-tickets for less than $100 in the Toronto area.
We don't go to movies(waste of money!!)the last movie I saw in a theater was"Dances with wolves"and I've seen it at least 3 times on TV.