Re: Front row tickets???

Elizabeth Platt ([email protected])
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 13:50:06 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 14 Jul 1998, "Nikki !!!" <[email protected]>

> HEY!
> I called a ticket company before I saw the Popmart show, and asked "How
> much for front row tickets??"
> The man said somethin' like $500!
> Anyone know how accurate this is?

"Accurate" is relative, I guess; if the scalpers (aka "brokers") thought
they could get your cash, your kidneys, and your first-born child for a
front-row ticket, they'd try it!

But really, there's not that much status in getting a first-row ticket
these days, certainly not on the PopMart tour. A good part of the show +
encores is done along or at the b-stage, and in some places, if you're
_really_ close, you can't see anyone except whoever is at the very lip of
the stage...something to remember if you're a big fan of Larry!

The whole scalping business is built around the notion that people with
money, who want some illusion of importance or status, are willing to pay
big bucks for the "best seats in the house". In years past, yes, the best
seats often went to "insiders" and folks like that, and for all I know,
this may well be the case with other bands. Things are different at a
U2 show; things like the b-stage and the fan club tickets very neatly
subvert the front row/money/status bullshit--though the scalpers aren't
going to tell anyone this, right?


Elizabeth Platt
[email protected]

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