Never to OLD to Rock & Roll…?

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It may be true but the price of admission ain't CHEAP...!! 

Today is " Ticked Off Tuesday " on my local radio station. This morning one of the callers complained about the high price of concert tickets, brought to mind my thoughts of the Areosmith show a few months ago.

Coming of age in the 70's, me and the boys saw many shows.  In the heyday of the New Haven Coliseum (recently imploded) the top bands were always coming to town.

During what I consider the height of Areosmith's popularity "Toys in the Attic" I became burnt out on the music.  While in high school one of my many jobs was working in the cafeteria of UNH, during my all day Saturday & Sunday shift the college station kept side one of the album on continuous repeat play.

Getting back on track, my wife never saw the group so for her birthday I got tickets to the show at the Mohegan Sun Casino.  Two Tickets & Dinner.... about $350.00

To keep costs in perspective I often gauge prices by the Minimum Wage.  Back in the day we paid about triple the minimum wage to get Floor Seats.  Fast forward to the Areosmith show, with the minimum today around $7.50 it cost me 16 hours of wages per seat.  Since I forgot when they were actually going on sale I purchased the tickets on the second or third day when a commercial jogged my memory.

My view from the TOP.... Image my shock when we arrive at our seats, last row on the far right side of the stage... These were computer selected - Best Available!  

 

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Sandra Cummings
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I loved the gift - it was a great surprise and enjoyed the concert ever-though the seats where in the nose bleed section.  You always come up with the most unexpected gifts.

Your wife.

 

Feb 27, 2007 04:53 AM #1
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Just re-read my writing.... How coincidental..... all those years ago I worked at UNH, 16 hours on the weekend hearing the same songs over and over... 30 years later I spend the equivalent of those 16 hours of wages per ticket...
Feb 27, 2007 05:39 AM #2
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No matter how much you paid Dan, the comment from your wife says it all! It was worth it! You're right though about the prices. Things definitely were cheaper, literally years ago. My first job paid $90 a week. I was able to save in less than a year and pay cash for my first car. Now I do not pay cash for my cars, I never have that much cash hanging around and it would take longer than a year to save up for it. Of course they didn't have charge cards then either:(
Feb 27, 2007 12:44 PM #3
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Chris Hendricks
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Somewhere Ian Anderson is smiling.  Funny [Jethro Tull] story from my younger days.  In the early 70's I worked at a radio station for the proverbial 'old guy' Program Manager [you know the type:  fake permed hair to try and look cool but really a goofy 40-year old trying to fit in with the 18-24 demographic].  I listened to everything that was sent to the station and told him what was worth playing on air.  In exchange, I got peanuts wages and all the concert tickets I wanted (usually first three rows back then because every band was bribing the radio stations for airtime-- or trying to...).  At a Jethro Tull concert in about '73 I actually watched Ian Anderson go off on one of those monumental flute solos-- the one's that leave the flautist gasping for air to keep playing-- and get going so fast that the inhale choked him up and he coughed up a massive spitwad (I can't spell 'lougi' anymore') and nailed a lady in the second row and blurted out "Oh s**t, sorry! without missing a single note in the song.  Funniest concert moment ever and would have been worth the full price of a ticket had I had to have paid for it back then.  I agree with you on Aerosmith... I can't hear the transition from studio to live version of 'Train Kept A Rollin' without stopping whatever I'm doing and momentarily being back in a '68 Camaro and... well, let's just say I remember the moments well!
Feb 27, 2007 02:22 PM #4
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WOW $350, and I complain about $70 for tickets to some of the groups that come to the Oakdale......LOL
Feb 27, 2007 03:17 PM #5
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john smith
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That seems to be the going rate now a days, oh well... If we want to go to the concert bad enough, well then we  pay those prices. LOL!!!

Feb 27, 2007 04:28 PM #6
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Karen - I know the cash doesn't matter, fortunately I can find the money to splurge.

Chris - Ole' Ian certainly enjoys the showmanship... I pump it up a notch when running to one of his tunes.

George - You dating yourself?   If that's the Oakdale in Wallingford I think it's a Chevy, Dodge or Ford these days.

Feb 27, 2007 10:30 PM #7
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I'm wondering if the live tours are the greatest source of income now that it's so easy to pirate their songs for free. Maybe the entertainers feel that if we don't have to buy the CD to enjoy their work, then you'll pay thru the nose to see it live.

Sue Argue 

Feb 27, 2007 11:20 PM #8
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