yea i hope to get my ticket tomorrow. if the last few concert tickets ive bought are any indication, i should get a pre-sale code via facebook tomorrow to use.
I have to say, I'm very disappointed in the pricing of the tickets on this tour. Or at least the MI date, anyway. They're charging $160 for GA or seats on the lower level of the stands, $140 for seats, and $60-$70 for nose bleed seats. I am guessing this is because of the quality/popularity of the openers, but still. It's a lot of money. Either U2 are severely underpricing their GA tickets or other artists are trying to maximize profits by charging a fortune for tix.
I am glad I don't have such expensive tastes - apart from the Stones who I saw very many years ago and won't pay the prices they demand now. Remember when Lars told the world he was "not greedy"? He also said they charge what they do to put the money back into the shows, so expect this show to be twice as spectacular as U2 in the summer.
Seriously, such prices mean you're pricing out all but your most affluent fans, which can't be great for gig atmosphere (or for the financially-excluded fans).
I think it might have something to do with the fact that James doesn't want to play more than 50 shows a year, so obviously they'd want to max out profit on the shows they do play to make up for that. As far as their stage show, lol. They will have a big screen and a pretty regular stage, that's about it. It won't be anything like what U2 have done since the 90s, nor should it be. With most rock shows, the name of the game is K.I.S.S. (no, not the god awful band who call themselves that): keep it simple stupid. A big stage show isn't needed.
And yeah, they are pricing out a lot of their fans. I've been seeing tons of complaints on Facebook about the ticket prices. Unless the opening bands are commanding a lot of money, this seems a lot like Metallica making a a huge cash grab. I feel if they really were not greedy (and wanted to do right by their fans) then they'd at least price GA cheaper. $100 is more reasonable, $160 is just excessive. You aren't the Stones, stop acting like your ticket prices should be as expensive as theirs.
Got Lady Gaga tickets for Montreal! Whoo hoo!
Not gonna lie, I want to go see her when she comes around here. Really enjoying her new album.
I'm sort of tempted. I just checked and saw she'll be playing the new arena in Detroit. I wouldn't mind going to that show--she seems like a great performer.
Lars always said shutting down file sharing sites like Napster was about “control” and not money: “I’ve always had an incredibly aloof relationship with money. Like, when I didn't have any money, it was not anything that mattered to me. And now that we're fortunate to have some money, it doesn't really play a role in anything we do, it doesn't really play a role in anything I do. I don't sit there and look at my bank balances or count the money or sit there and micro-manage Metallica... 'If we do this, if we do this, or if we do this... It'll be 17 dollars...' None of that stuff happens at all. I mean, the great thing about being successful is, obviously, in the wake of that comes... It gives you freedom, it gives you freedom to not think about it, actually; that's the best thing. And it gives you freedom to, kind of, put as much money back into the shows...”
The problem is that someone clearly has sat down and thought ‘If we do this, if we do this… it’ll be $160’, and he’s gone along with it. The atmosphere in the GA are will be more muted and many keen fans simply won’t be able to afford to go.
As you say, they’re a far inferior band to the Stones. The Stones have not done much great material since 1972, but their first decade was so incredible that I’d gladly hear them play stuff from that period all night long.