Keith Richards Doesn't Want To 'Charge Over The Bloody Top' For Upcoming Gigs
The Rolling Stones are already feeling the heat for their exorbitant ticket prices, with a single top-priced ticket for one of their two Newark, New Jersey shows in December running over $800. Keith Richards talked about the cost for promoters and ultimately fans, explaining to the BBC, "I haven't looked at the figures. Numbers can get greatly exaggerated but ($25.8 million) sounds about right to us. I'm a bit out of the loop with showbiz -- I just want to do some shows and I don't want to charge over the bloody top."
Richards went on to explain that additional Stones shows in 2013 seems like a no-brainier: "Nobody has given us a heads up, but this band isn't going to wind up with four shows. Next year looks like it's on."
He remained non-committal when asked about the Stones headlining England's 2013 Glastonbury festival next June, saying, "On a good day, if the weather's fine, that's an interesting proposition. The band wants to get these four gigs under their belt, then think about next year after that. Anything is possible with this band."
Meanwhile, it seems that the Stones' two London shows will disappoint more fans than they'll thrill. Vintage Vinyl News reported that online ticket exchange Viagogo claimed: "With only 15,000 seats thought to be available per night at the London O2 Arena, that means at least a million disappointed fans. The O2 would need to put on 73 of those performances to meet this demand."
We asked Keith Richards if he's got any solid advice for new bands who are aiming to one day celebrate decades of great work together: "Yeah, get out of the business and just get into the fun of it. It's a matter of the joy of working with other people and being able to turn yourself into one thing. It's a functioning gang, if y'know what I mean -- with no ill intentions (laughs)." )
The Rolling Stones tour dates (subject to change):
November 25, 29 - London, England - The O2 London
December 13, 15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center