Keith Richards Justifies High Rolling Stones Ticket Prices
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Keith Richards Justifies High Rolling Stones Ticket Prices
Keith Richards defends the Rolling Stones exorbitant ticket prices, which have forced many of the band's longtime followers to sit out the current 50 & Counting dates. The band is on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone, and Richards sheds light on how he can justify charging $600 and upwards for a two-and-a-half hour arena show, saying, "From my point of view, it's like this: We say we want to put a Stones tour together and people come to us with proposals. And these proposals are all basically the same. We actually did push down the prices a little bit. We took the lower offer, in other words. But, um, it's the price of the market. I don't really know. I don't have much to do with it other than I would like people to get in, to be able to afford to get in, without sort of starving their babies and all. And that's about it."
Keith Richards was asked if the Stones turning the big "5-0" means something special to him: "Not really, after all, I've been through zeros up till now and I, I've never found them particularly significant. Y'know, it's what happens. You're aware of it and I think more aware that other people are aware of it, so probably that's the main thing. Hey, it's been nice to have a birthday bash. I don't mind, I'm ready any time, y'know?
The Rolling Stones have just added a June 24th gig at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center, which will serve as the final North American date before the band heads back home to play three British shows.
Tickets for Washington, D.C. concert go on sale on Monday, May 13th at 10 a.m. EDT.
The Rolling Stones perform tonight (May 8th) in San Jose, California at HP Pavilion At San Jose.
In response to the rumors that the Rolling Stones are running into trouble by out-pricing a large contingent of fans, John Meglen, co-president of AEG Live subsidiary Concerts West, told Billboard: "It's unfortunate in our business that everybody wants to be cynics. The fact is, the tour is doing great and we have no problems whatsoever." The band's current dates are expected to gross nearly $100 million, with Meglen claiming that over 20,000 $600 tickets were sold in Los Angeles across the four shows.
With industry whispers pointing at the fact that some Stones seats were available for as low as $85 dollars due to the top-tiered tickets going unsold, Meglen explained: "Did we hit a point where we ran out of people that would buy at $600? Yeah. But why can't we do the 'market value' thing? Why do we have to let the market value proposition live with the scalpers? Why should, in my estimation, $3 million go to the brokers, instead of the artists, in every one of these markets?"

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