The High Cost of Seeing Your Favorite Bands from the Past

The summer concert season is just about here and I’ve been looking at who I’d like to see this year. It looks like I won’t be seeing any bands listed below. I can’t believe how much they and the venue wants for a show. I’ve always wanted to see U2, but $250 for good seats? You have got to be kidding! Most of the bands below have not had a hit song for 20+ years and they want up to $865 for a show. It’s almost laughable to me.

Many of the bands below don’t even have most of their original members left. Grand Funk Railroad is missing their lead singer/ song writer Mark Farner, only the original drummer and bass player. Journey has a very high energy Philippine singer that they found on YouTube. Sure, he sings almost like Steve Perry, but when I saw them a number of years ago I couldn’t stop laughing when he hit the stage. I swear lead guitarist Neal Schon at one point was laughing at him too or maybe he was laughing that we actually paid to see them!

  • BB King at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $93
  • Doobie Brothers at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $145
  • Grand Funk Railroad at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Jethro Tull at the Greek Theater = $99
  • Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater = $216 – $751
  • Michael McDonald (formally in the Doobie Brothers) at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $83
  • REO Speedwagon at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Rush at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater = $120- $865
  • Steely Dan at the Greek Theater = $145
  • The Moody Blues at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $99
  • U2 at Anaheim Stadium = $250
  • Weird Al Yankovic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds = $106
  • Yes and Styx at the Greek Theater = $116
  • Yes at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay = $83

Foreigner does not have any original members except for the guitarist? Really? How can they be called Foreigner without Lou Gramm? I guess the Doobie Brothers and Michael McDonald can’t mend their differences since they tour separately. The only bands with all original members are Rush and U2. And still they want this kind of money? Some bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon should really be called tribute bands since most original members are gone.

I believe the venues like the Greek Theater and Cricket Wireless Amphitheater are at fault too for gouging consumers. What is the deal with tickets up to $865 per seat? For that price I better get the best meal of my life and they better include a nude stripper giving me lap dances the entire time! The recession is NOT OVER! I don’t know how anybody can afford these prices.

Most of these prices do not include parking that can be $20+. Also don’t forget the high price of beer that can be up to $12 for a small cup and concert shirts (etc.) that can range from $40 on up. If you pay for these shows I’d like to know if it was worth it. I’ll just wait for the DVD’s. I’ll just stick to the smaller, more intimate venues around San Diego like the Belly Up and the House of Blues where I can see great bands for a lot cheaper.

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