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The good old days! Concert ticket prices ...

Old Nov 27th 2019, 9:13 pm
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Just going through some old boxes of stuff, and found these two tickets:

(year was 1981). 8.50 GBP for a major band in London!!!!


Annoyingly, no price printed on the ticket but I bet it was similarly cheap!


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And another - 3.75 GBP for Yes at Wembley Empire Pool ... with ... Donovan!

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I seem to remember Boomtown Rats about 10 quid at Bristol Colsnall about 1982. Sadly no ticket stubs.
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Possibly the best of all ...

Rolling Stones at Wembley Stadium, 10.50 GBP !!! June 26, 1982.


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In my experience, concert tickets are only extremely expensive for legacy acts (like those above) playing their hits to boomers. This is because boomers have money and are willing to shell out absurd sums to see a geriatric Springsteen do "Thunder Road".

Newer acts playing clubs are about the same price as they were thirty years ago adjusted for inflation, at least here in Chicago. For example, my daughter is going to see Louis the Child (no idea, but they're apparently fairly well known DJs) tomorrow at the Aragon (which is a beautiful, famous space here) for $30. I go to shows fairly frequently, generally at the larger clubs and generally paying $30-$50, again for emerging or medium-sized acts (Battles, Parquet Courts, Foals, Idles etc). I used to see tons of medium-draw bands (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Jane's Additction, Fishbone etc) back in the 80s and 90s for about $15-$20 at clubs in the Boston area. Those acts were all medium-draw at the time: sizable cultish fanbases, played on MTV, not exactly Madonna... similar to what I go see now.
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