Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What Would You Pay For-Just For Fun

Awhile back, I was in Denver.  We were having dinner at my brother and sister in law's home. As always, we ended up sitting at the table for a good hour or so, discussing the problems of the world.  Somehow (I dont recall the segue) the topic turned to the cost of tickets.  Originally we were discussing the cost of sports tickets, but the conversation moved to other topics-concert tickets, and even play tickets (not expensive at the local level).

Being fans of all kinds of music including classic rock, we bemoaned the fact that prices had gotten out of hand.  We also griped about the fact that it seems tickets for events are purchased immediately by resellers with a hard markup.  This of course, led to a discussion of who we would pay for, if we had the money.  I dont know about you, but my list these days, at least for rock concerts is VERY short.

So ask you, in the spirit of conversation today, two questions. First who would YOU pay for?  Who is on your short list?  I'm not just talking rock, but I am talking individual performers and groups -not orchestras or plays (although I enjoy them equally). When it comes to sports, I'll leave that one alone, except to say that I want a Denver Broncos playoff ticket for Christmas.

In my case I like all music. When it comes to groups and bands, I decided years ago that outdoor venues were not for me. I've stood at the twenty yard line for the very last time. If I'm going to go see someone, it had better be inside, at the Pepsi or American Airlines center. While I have not been to a huge number of performances in my life, I have seen Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (10 years ago, and the best concert of my life-no voice damage there), Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart (who in concert is nothing like you imagine) and even Jimi Hendrix. My serious wish list is very short, and last year my sister in law took me to see Eric Clapton, so it is much, much shorter. Still in the rock era, I would pay to see the Rolling Stones (and will sell my children outright if they tour in Dallas), and Pink Floyd if they ever decide to be on the same stage. And off the top of my head, that's my short list. I'm sure there are others I could add, but there you are. If we were talking about classical performers or musicians, there are a couple others I might add.

As far as those smaller concerts and club performances, I there are sitll few folks I will pay to go see. It should be noted that Dallas and especially Austin are big music towns and have lots of smaller venues where fairly big performers appear unannounced. I managed to see Buddy Guy and  BB King in a local place that way.  And when I go to Denver El Chapultapec has name jazz artists on a regular basis. Still, the more middle aged I get, the less, smoke, standing and crowds I can tolerate.  Call me set in my ways!  And frankly, when it comes to Austin, you often don't know who you'll get until you're inside.  Jeff Beck is famous (for example) for just showing up and playing-but I can't count on that. So, while occasionally I pay the entrance fee and a couple drinks, more and more I am relying on my radio and my Itunes account. Call me a party pooper!

What about you-whose on your dream list?  Who would you pay to see in the real world? Anyone?

Note: For true music addicts with the energy to stand and walk all day, the annual Austin City Limits concert cannot be beat for the true afficionado.  A three day event, last year my twenty and thirty year old (and my sister and brother in law, bless them) saw Stevie Wonder, Cold Play, Alison Krause and heaven knows who else. This year, Neil Young, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White and about fifty other performers. I could almost be tempted for Neil Young and Crazy Horse-nor not!

16 comments:

  1. Oh, I love going to concerts!! Hubby took me to see my first concert, KISS!! :) Since then i've seen plenty!! Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Simple Plan, Hedley, Marianas Trench, Prince, The All Time Low, and i'm probably forgetting a few. I'm hooked now! If we spend money, it's on "life", not "stuff" usually! :)

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  2. I recently payed $200 for two Zac Brown tickets. The concert isn't until the end of August but we will be in nose bleed land. Oh well, bonding time with the 15 yo.

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  3. I saw the bands when they were young ... And so was I. They really don't interest me anymore. Now I love a good concert in a park or an occasional play in NYC.
    I am buying my family tickets to the Kennedy Center when we are back for Christmas. Just going o the place is worth it.

    Enjoy the concerts:) they are a true American experience.

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  4. Janette, Im still young at heart...I love concerts, just not the price. I also enjoy concerts on the park and Im sure you will enjoy the K center...we were actually talking about it the other day. they do alot of experimental theater there and when my thirty year old was a twinkle my mother and I went and saw musical versions of of mice and men and all the kings men-non of which went far if I recall.

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  5. Carla, I have no idea who any of those people are after tim Mcgraw, lol. Either canadian bands or after my time (not prince but the others)

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  6. We went to several concert years ago to see some of the old rock bands, always with the lawn seats that were cheaper. The costs are just to high, drinks and food are out of the world expencive, its PBS concert specials now days for us, much more comforatable and the price is right. I would pay for tickets to an AL payoff game for hubby, roll tide!!

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  7. Well, we mostly go to plays. We head off to NYC three times a year to go to the Manhattan Theater Club, tkts about $80 a piece. We attend summer Shakespeare, tkts are $45 with our senior discount.

    I wanted to see Fiona Apple, but couldn't persuade B to go with me. We recently saw the Indigo Girls and Townes Van Zandt at a festival. And we're gonna see Roger Waters do "The Wall" in July. Tkts range from $65 to $4,500. We're paying $140 a piece.

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  8. The only performer I haven't seen and would pay BIG bucks for is Paul McCartney as I've been madly in love with him for close to 50 years. My other idol is Neil Young (I see you like him too) - I've seen him once and just purchased tickets to see him this October ($190 for two tickets!!!) but I don't mind paying for him. I've seen Bob Dylan and was disappointed, never again. I would enjoy seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers & the Stones.

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  9. Jane, I loved Neil Young. when we saw them, they did an acousitic unit, an electric unit and then a third of the concert was Young by himself. Like I said, I cannot tell you how good all of these guys sounded. I went at my husbands behest prepared to be disappointed and I was stunned. I also would like to see Paul. Every person I know who has seen Dylan in concert has been disapointed. I was told you cannot understand him, and he sings his newer stuff only.

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  10. OK, I'm just going to put it out there - last year I paid $500 for two tickets to see Garth Brooks in Las Vegas.

    That was post-retirement. Now my max would be half that, but probably only if I'm getting a discount in addition.

    We just returned from Las Vegas where I spent $181 on two tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis. That amount represents a 25% discount over the normal price, obtained by doing a quick internet search.

    Locally, we enjoy going to Laguna Beach's Pageant of the Masters and one show at the Hollywood Bowl each summer. With no discounts currently available for either, we spent $60 and $40 a ticket respectively. It wouldn't seem like summer if we didn't get to both, so we'll continue to attend even at full price.

    Otherwise, I do GoldStar or TravelZoo.com for all my entertainment purchases, usually in the range of $10-$25 a ticket, though we'll spend more, up to $100 per ticket max, for a discounted ticket to a Broadway caliber production.

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  11. Have you heard of Madeline Peyroux? She plays small venues for the most part, which means the tickets aren't outrageously expensive. This summer she is touring with Roseanne Cash (which seems like a very odd combination--Country plus French?)

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  12. Tamara, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. I hav no desire to go to vegs, but I would like to see cirque de solei.

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  13. I just payed $200 to jump out of an airplane. Thirty minutes of heart pounding entertainment - some things are just worth it!

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  14. P.S. you can also see cirque de solei in Orlando. We saw it a couple of years ago and were amazed.

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  15. Any Luke Bryan fans out there? Just snagged some front row tickets from Casatickets.com when he comes here this fall...really like his music, but haven't followed him much, hoping he puts on a good show!

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