Well, no, actually, $33 is a perfectly normal ticket price for a well-known nationally touring band playing a medium-size venue in New York City in 2010. In fact, it may well be cheaper than average. Spoon have played other shows in NYC in 2010 at much larger venues — Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden — and those were a lot more expensive. It may be pricey in comparison to smaller bands who are basically forced to go with lower ticket prices and tour at a loss. But you know, if you’re in the position to make any kind of profit, you should make your profit because if you’re working in the arts, money is tight even if you’re a reasonably successful band like Spoon. And yeah, we’re all broke these days, but I’m pretty sure that Britt Daniel isn’t out there talking about how you should get paid less for your work because there are other folks out there doing basically the same gig for less money. If this world was more fair, there would be some kind of reasonable minimum wage rate for bands and the ticket prices would have to go up for those cheaper shows too. Please remember that everything is more expensive now! Ticket prices can’t stay the same as they were 10, 15, 20 years ago if you want anyone involved to stay in business. (via perpetua)
Agree 100%. If you don’t think 600 people will pay $33 to see spoon at MHOW, you’re kidding yourself. And, crap, they won’t miss you during their sold out set.
A few months back, Tegan and Sara, a band I love and would put pretty close on par with Spoon in terms of popularity and personal enjoyment, played MHOW for $75. I really wanted to go to that show, but thought the price was too high. And you know what? I didn’t go to the show. And I’m sure I missed out on a nice set, and I wish I could have seen them under those circumstances, but it wasn’t worth it to me. I didn’t blame the band for charging more than I wanted to pay, and I didn’t bemoan the loss of innocence of a band which I once got to see for cheaper at a similar sized venue. I just stayed home. I bet if enough people didn’t go, next time the tickets would be cheaper. And if it sold out in a day or two, they might be even more next time. This is not a new and complicated system for determining the value of goods and services.
Still love ya, Billy.
One on the few times in the last hour my perma-cringe changed to a brief smile was during that ridiculously offensive, shallow and pathetic Clorox bleach ad. What a disaster! Whose idea was it to run an ad glorifying the sleaziness of the ad world AT THE SAME MOMENT the show dips down into its darkest pit of self loathing and disgust? I don’t know who actually buys straight bleach anymore except laundromat attendants and serial killers, but I’m sure they’re not thrilled to be associated with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce at this point. Yikes.