Comment of the Moment: The High Price of Neil
We are growing weary of this thread on Neil ticket prices. But we'll try and make this the last word on the subject, although no promises. Thrasher has taken a bit of bashing here on defending Neil's position on charging high prices for seats. It's just an opinion of one fan, fwiw.
So here's another Comment of the Moment on The Price of Neil: When Art and Commerce Collide from Rob in Beantown:
I just scored seats for the 2nd night in Boston. Pretty good seats in row MM. And I'm glad to get them because it was pretty tough even through the pre-sale site.
IMHO, it would seem that the tickets are priced about right from a market demand standpoint. If the tickets had been priced far lower the shows would being selling out in hours or close to day of. If they had been priced higher than they would not be adding venues and selling out.
Outside of hard core fans and scalpers I'm not sure how well known this tour is. Once the album is released, things will probably go more mainstream and folks will go "Oh, he's on tour" and try and get tickets.
I would not be surprised that day of the show, tickets won't be available on the street except for extortion prices.
Let's face it. The ticket scalpers are the cause of this whole problem. Not Neil. I'm sure Neil would love nothing more than his tickets to go in the hands of loyal fans at reasonable prices. But nobody's really been able to come up with a system to beat the scalpers.
And Neil's having his cake and eating it to with the ticketmaster auctions. VIP seats are being bid way up. That's probably the best indicator of true value. What's up on ebay and Stubhub aren't probably realistic. Folks just trying to make a fortune.
Can't wait for the show!
I would take issue with the comment that no one has come up with a way to beat the system.
We saw Neil with Pearl Jam at the Voters for Choice show in DC in 95 (which btw, absolutely rocked) and tickets were virtually impossible to get. You had to mail in a postcard and have your name randomly drawn. If selected you were called 3 days before the show and given a confirmation #. You had to go to the box office day of the show to buy your tickets. You had to present a driver's license that matched the postcard name and the confirmation #. When we got to the box office the line was a block long and it took several hours as I recall. Was it a pain? Yes, but it seemed to work in keeping tickets out of the hands of scalpers.
The will call only system does have its complications and probably is too much trouble for artists and venues to bother with. But it does seem to work. I'm sure if someone else has a brilliant idea, they'll drop a comment. And as always, let's try and be civil and polite.