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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 05:13 PM
After 21 years of going to shows I'm officially giving up ( at least for now). $165 Tix to the Orpheum is simply too much. Will wait to see if there's another price level during the general sale. Not holding my breath. Anyone else find Tix prices a little too rich this year?

[Edited on 9/28/2011 by cliffee]

 
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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 05:19 PM
I agree 100%. Last year there were three price ranges, and looking at ticketmaster there seems like there will be a range at the general onsale also. However, like I mentioned in my other post the obstructed lower level seats that were $100 last year are now $165, not a good sign of things to come.
Not for nothing I wasn't even as excited to see the orpheum shows posted in the first place. These days i'd much rather see a Mule/WHB/DT or WSP show for $30-40 a ticket then an ABB show. Love the band but they are kind of getting stale to me... especially for $165 a ticket.
With that said i'll probably still be in for one show but like you I am waiting for the onsale or scoring something cheaper on the secondary market.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 05:25 PM
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After 21 years of going to shows I'm officially giving up ( at least for now). $165 Tix to the Orpheum is simply too much. Will wait to see if there's another price level during the general sale. Not holding my breath. Anyone else find Tix prices a little too rich this year?

[Edited on 9/28/2011 by cliffee]


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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 05:55 PM
I wouldn't pay that price for anyone. Not even the Brothers at the Beacon. The most I have and will drop on a ticket and it would have to be a show like the ABB at the Beacon is $120. If the lowest ticket prices ever rise above that I will be done forever. I have already given up all other expensive shows that come around like Van Halen, Clapton, the Stones and all other bands who over charge for stadium and arena shows. Thank God for bands like Hot Tuna, Gov't Mule, Black Crowes, and Tedeschi Trucks Band who I can see at a decent price in smaller venues.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 06:05 PM
for once I am not missing anything by living out west.. wow!

 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 06:33 PM
I made the decision a couple years ago to just see smaller acts at smaller venues, usually for under $20. There's a lot of good music out there and the small clubs and music rooms are so much more enjoyable than the big theaters and sheds.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 07:01 PM
Agreed! I was floored when all I saw for the Boston shows was 151.00 plus tax, hidden fees, and your first born child, to get in. I've paid more to see the ABB in NYC, and I'm going to the Orpheum on Dec 3rd, but in case whoever sets the ticket prices forgot, we're near the brink of another recession! Give us a break!
 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 09:04 PM
Wouldn't pay that price if they were performing in my front yard with free beer.

I would pay many times that to see Bill Ector just one more time playing bass.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 09:23 PM
Hey man, I'm 22 and in college and find a way to make to shows. This will be my 11 and 12 show since 2008. First show was in State College when they opened for "The Dead." That night changed my life and from there on out I decided I would do whatever it took to see shows. Even if it meant selling my plasma for money. Ahh, so excited for the Tower Theatre.

[Edited on 9/29/2011 by gNarbowski]

 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 09:42 PM
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I wouldn't pay that price for anyone. Not even the Brothers at the Beacon. The most I have and will drop on a ticket and it would have to be a show like the ABB at the Beacon is $120. If the lowest ticket prices ever rise above that I will be done forever. I have already given up all other expensive shows that come around like Van Halen, Clapton, the Stones and all other bands who over charge for stadium and arena shows. Thank God for bands like Hot Tuna, Gov't Mule, Black Crowes, and Tedeschi Trucks Band who I can see at a decent price in smaller venues.


Are you doing the WHB @ the Paramount in Huntington?

 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 10:58 PM
Due to the fact that I'm getting old and can't work like a maniac like I used to, I'm throwing in the towel as well, and I agree with you that $165 is a bit much. That's part of the reason, the other part of it is I've got medical bills to pay on top of everything else. I saw Dr. John/Little Feat/Blind Boys of Alabama last night, and it was reasonable: $52 including fees for three great acts. But I already made my decision: No more concert tickets, it's going to be strictly $10 or $15 club shows for me. ABB would be the only exception (IF they ever come out West again), but if it were $165 even THEY might not get it. And not working as much and enjoying life more is well worth the budget constraints.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2011 at 11:30 PM
woah. 165? i would rather see TTB and Warren Haynes Band and 2-3 other shows I could see with that money. Plus I factor in the shows I heard from Beacon 2011, that had Gregg sounding weak and missing vocal ques left and right.
No Fall ABB for me. No thanks. Its a question of what condition Gregg is in, and right now, I wonder. Its a big question mark????

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 12:00 AM
I'm starting to realize that I too may have seen my last ABB appearance at the 2008 WH Christmas Jam

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 12:31 AM
If I spend $165.00 on somethng, I want o end up with a smile on my face and I want her to cook me something before she leaves.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 12:46 AM
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I wouldn't pay that price for anyone. Not even the Brothers at the Beacon. The most I have and will drop on a ticket and it would have to be a show like the ABB at the Beacon is $120. If the lowest ticket prices ever rise above that I will be done forever. I have already given up all other expensive shows that come around like Van Halen, Clapton, the Stones and all other bands who over charge for stadium and arena shows. Thank God for bands like Hot Tuna, Gov't Mule, Black Crowes, and Tedeschi Trucks Band who I can see at a decent price in smaller venues.


Are you doing the WHB @ the Paramount in Huntington?


Of course I am Alan!!! The Paramount is only 25 minute drive from my house. I have seen many acts there when it was IMAC. Also going to Tedeschi Trucks Band the night before at Tilles Center. Great weekend of music for Long Island!!! You gonna take the LIRR or drive in Alan???

 

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If I spend $165.00 on somethng, I want o end up with a smile on my face and I want her to cook me something before she leaves.



LMAO!!!

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 03:28 AM
I set myself a liimit of 50 ($75-80) a while ago. The closest I've come recently to breaching this was Roger Daltrey performing Tommy (49.50 inc charges) and that was worth the money.

Most shows I see these days are under 20 ($30-35). They are a lot of fun, you can get close to the stage, meet the musicians, grab a beer while still in the room, pick up a CD if you feel like it ...

The only issue is the number of such venues closing down.

In the highly unlikely event of the ABB ever touring Europe again, I'd pay out for one show but wouldn't follow them around as I would do if prices were more "sensible".






 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 04:15 AM
It is ridiculous. The ABB can charge a lower amount and still make a good profit. Why not charge $500 a ticket?

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 05:21 AM
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Even if it meant selling my plasma for money. Ahh, so excited for the Tower Theater.





Ahhh............I remember those days so clearly. But for now, a veteran of so many great shows, I too "pick and chose" where my concert $$ is spent.

I can only speak for my self, but to spend $165 and not hear new, original material is just not worth it to me, no matter the venue.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 05:47 AM
There are "certain" band members who want to play older songs not played often and "certain" band members who do not! There are also many fans outside of this website who only go to hear the songs that always end up in rotation which is why the flow of same songs over and over. We here are not as many fans as the BIG picture, believe me but just know that there are some band members working hard to try and get other songs in rotation!

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 06:50 AM
Yeah this is BS......$165 is ridiculous. As much as I'd like to catch them again, and was planning to fly out to Boston.....there's no way I'm paying that kind of money to see them.

Gone are the days when they were the "people's band". They gone!

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 06:54 AM
As long as people "fans" keep feeding the beast of tix prices , it will not change.
I probably threw in the towel about 5-6 yrs ago. It's insane. Like other people mentioned I go for the lower priced entertainment.

I hope they are not pandering to the audience at this point in they're career by playing what they want to hear. That does not make sense to me. I just wonder during an ABB show how many members of the audience are just the casual fans. The ones that expect to hear just "the best of" stuff.
It seems like the more entrenched fans would be attending at this point in the game, but I could be wrong. As far as certain songs being played and some not. I dont know.
To me they're setlist seems like a select group of songs that are rotated. Quite a few songs, but the same ones. Write some new stuff and freshen things up , and please enough of the covers for now.

I have said the same things about Deep Purple. Those guys still put music out and tour very extensively but for the most part the setlist is pretty much the same. I think recently they have mixed it up some more which is good. LIke the ABB at this point in the game are they really bringing in new fans? Yeah proabbly some, but I bet the overall percentages are low. I think as a long time fan I would enjoy hearing some old stuff that does not get played and I bet others would feel the same way. If I saw DP and they pulled out Bloodsucker,Rat Bat Blue, Into the Fire, and etc that would be awesome.
Or play some more of the Morse era stuff , which is very good. It would make for a much more intersting and memorable experience seeing and hearing that, which I might be more enticed to go to a show again.

Kinda changed the subject sorry....

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 07:09 AM
First of all - most importanly, I love the Allman Brother's Band. The original line-up was quite possibly the greatest band ever! The current line-up is the finest act on the road (most serious competition coming from Zappa Plays Zappa and Steely Dan).

Having seen the band aproximately 100 times (from the days of the originals to present), the ticket prices leave me wondering if I've seen my last ABB show.

If there is a band or act out there that is worth $165 - it would most certainly be the current line-up of the ABB.

My home state of Alabama has certainly been blessed by the band in recent years. I don't know if there is a "love affair gone wrong" with Atlanta or not. I don't know if that was a factor in Birmingham getting a two show run a couple of years ago (WSP as the alternate open/close band). The relatively small town of Huntsville has had two of my most memorable shows including one with Jack Pearson subbing for Derek and the night after the Macon show (much, much better show than the Macon one!).

For this alone, I thank the band!

I envy my northern peachies for their ability to draw the band to their region. There is nothing more enjoyable than a visit to the Big Apple - to catch my favorite band and to throw in some museums and sight-seeing. However, for a southern boy (please notice that wages for identical jobs pay less in the south!), laying out over a hundred smackers for a single ticket, airfare, hotel and meals is becoming impossible in the current economy.

I honestly wish the band well. I hope all of these Boston shows are sell outs. But at $165 per ticket, one wonders if a "cheaper by the dozen" approach (ie - cheaper tickets) might fill the seats quicker.

To the band I say, rake it in while you can! Enjoy whatever audience shows up.

But please keep us southerners in your hearts and minds. We were the guys and gals filling the armories, parks and bars when y'all were still making the rounds in vans. Maybe we haven't fattened your wallets to the extent that the fatter cats up north have - but we have always had that mad southern love for ya.

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 07:26 AM
The Road Goes On Forever...

 

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  posted on 9/29/2011 at 07:29 AM
back in the early 90's, I worked collections. to keep my call volume up, or for a break,
I use to call the old hotline and sit and listen to Kirk or Kristen spout out the tour dates
(actually, that was where I first heard Warren and Allen had a new band called Gov't Mule).

Anyway, I clearly remember, the Eagles had just got back together and were doing their
reunion tour charging astronomical prices. This is what started the the whole pricing out of
the audiences. But if the people paid, the more they charged.

But, here was Kirk saying, "this band ain't the Eagles. Tickets ARE affordable"

Fast forward about 20 years, and it's funny how things have changed.

I am only doing one show at the Tower, largely to get my ABB fix, not to mention I missed
Warren's and Derek's tour this summer. But the day is coming, I won't be along for the ride
much longer.

Now ... don't get me started on Moogis ....

 

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