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Rolling Stones: 50 and Counting (Their Money) Tour

StonesTongueI am a big Rolling Stones fan and am grateful that I got to see them five times. I entertained the possibility of taking my kids to see them, until I saw the ticket prices and realized they have completely lost their minds. As a result, I have renamed their tour the “50 and Counting Their Money” tour.

I read on Pollstar what the prices are. The “cheap” tickets are a mere $142.75 plus $29 in TicketMaster fees, bringing the nosebleed seats up to $171.75 each. If you want good seats, those are $571.50 each with a $94.35 TicketMaster fee, bringing the price in at $665.85 per ticket. Honestly, I’m kind of disgusted about this. It’s not like the Stones need the money. To me, it seems more like an ego thing: How much would someone spend to see us play? For me, not that much. I may be dating myself here, but the first time I saw the Stones I paid $5. That’s right – five dollars.

This is nothing short of exploitation, capitalizing on an aging population that is desperately trying to recapture their glory days. I’m not going to be a part of this. I guess I’ll end with a quote from The Clash’s song White Man in Hammersmith Palais: “They got Burton suits, ha you think it’s funny, turning rebellion into money.”

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The Rolling Stones: A Half Century of Rock and Roll

So, I read that the Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary and I though, damn, they’ve been playing music together longer than I have been alive! (Click here to read the article.) As a musician who has been in my share of bands over the years, I realize how astonishing it is that they have managed to stay together all these years. For that matter, it’s really astonishing that they lived so long. Kind of makes you wonder whether they really did make a deal with the Devil.

I remember the first time I saw the Stones; I paid a whopping $5.00. I squeezed into a huge football stadium and managed to actually get close to the stage. It was extremely hot so the stage hands had hoses to spray the crowd. When the Stones came out and opened with “Under My Thumb,” Mick grabbed a hose and sprayed the crowd, and I was one of the people he sprayed. I joked later that I was hosed by Mick Jagger but still respected myself in the morning.

Over the years, I’ve read several books about the Stones, including Up and Down with the Rolling Stones and Keith’s autobiography Life. I’ve found the books fascinating because, honestly, no band embodies the spirit of rock and roll like the Stones. The stories of their decadent escapades are truly the stuff of legends.

The article mentions plans for a Stones tour. I’ve seen the band five times, but I have to say, I am tempted to see them again. I’d like to take my kids so that they can have the memory of seeing the “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band.” I guess I’d better start saving now.

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