I read the NYT profile on the Police reunion Sunday – as an NPR/CSPAN junkie, this is the only way I get my music news, and even then, it’s a reunion tour. I said to Himself – “Ooh, I’d love to go to that show.” Himself, to his credit, jumped to it, fingers a-flyin in search of a Seattle date. Then he stopped and said, “Ahem.”
Prices for tickets at the smallish Key Arena start at 300+, and run to 1,300. Per seat.
I remember in my teenage days buying posters because the records were much more expensive, and I could hear the right songs on the radio. Concert tickets were a huge indulgence. Now for the first time since adulthood, I felt completely priced out of an event. Again, to Himself’s tremendous credit, he said he would fund it, that I could celebrate my late grandmother’s 99th birthday in style. But the pricing is obscene; her thrifty soul would not approve. And in truth, neither would I.
Boys, I wasn’t born in the 50’s, but I also wasn’t born yesterday.
update, 2/23: well, things weren’t as dire as earlier reported. A few google searches without himself uncovered a few seats under 150. The new peak price being asked, via reseller, was 4,250.