My goodness.Â When did a Tori Amos gig become a + $100 event??!Â Generally if I want to see a band/musician badly enough, Iâ€™ll just go.Â Iâ€™m not really one to bitch about ticket prices, particularly for international acts Iâ€™m wanting to see badly enough.Â But man oh man â€“ over 100 bucks for Ms Amos?Â I wasnâ€™t expecting that and I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll be there.Â All the power to those of you that do go, though.
Bands like Wilco are getting up there, but thereâ€™s still something in my head about that magical $100 mark.Â I paid that for U2.Â I paid that (well, double that) when I bought tickets for my Dad and I to see the Eagles.Â I just checked and yep, Bob Dylan is up there plus plus.Â Acts like the Rolling Stones etc. are going to garner that sort of ticket price, because youâ€™d guess the demand for tickets and the frequency they tour warrant it.
I paid almost that for Tool, and genuinly they put on a great show for that price, what with the lazers and all.Â The Entertainment Centre is honestly though the most vibe-void performance space there ever was.Â I paid just a little less than Tool for Wilco, and I swear to god Iâ€™d pay it three times over.Â Especially to see them at the Enmore.Â Iâ€™d expect DiFranco to be up toward the $70 mark when (if she god damn ever) comes back.
But then, the best gig Iâ€™ve seen all year (and really, I highly doubt it will be beaten) I paid $30 for.Â A lot of the international gigs that blew me away this year were around the $40 to $70 mark.Â And then there are those local gigs you pay a $10 or $15 cover charge for that completely surprise you.Â We saw Dead Letter Chorus at the Hopetoun on June 15 and this was a perfect example of that â€“ 2 pretty good bands and one great one for a teeny tiny cover charge.
Anyway I started this and Iâ€™ve no idea where Iâ€™m going with it, but I think itâ€™s a little sad that there will be some crazyfangirls and boys out there who will miss out on the Tori Amos experience because theyâ€™re poor.Â I remember being poor and wanting to see international acts. Â It really bites the big one.Â When you live in Wagga thereâ€™s the whole added shizzat of transport and accommodation and what have you, and when youâ€™re 17, poor, and live in Wagga???Â Seriously, you might as well forget a live music scene even exists.Â I remember sneaking into the Union when I was 16 or 17 to see the Wagga band Stonehouse (who were terrible, incidently, but the lead singer was kinda hot) and thinking that was truly the most amazing musical experience EVER.Â Dear me.