Sunday, May 15, 2011

Wish Me Luck!

Mr Tennis and I will be hanging around outside our new City Arena this evening.  After not seeing Bon Jovi the last three times (or ever in my life) they were in town, I figure it's now or never..... 

So, we are going to take our chances that the scalpers will get desperate at some point and be willing to sell their overpriced tickets at a discount.

I don't have to be front row or in the special "pit", but I also don't want to be stuck up in the top row and watching a bunch of ants dancing around on stage.

What happened to concert ticket prices?? Why are they so high?!?!? Why must I do a song and dance on Ticketmaster to beat the scalpers who buy in bulk and then set even higher prices?

Think back to your first concert.  What did you pay and who did you see? And where did you see them?

For me, 1975. At the Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL. Saw Chicago for $6.

1976, paid $12 to see Gary Wright and Aerosmith somewhere in Tampa. I didn't even know who they were at the time. You will understand when you read my next concert experience.

1976 saw Barry Manilow (Don't laugh at me please) for $7 at the Lakeland Civic Center.

Met Mr. Tennis and musical tastes improved a bit. 
1979 paid $9 to see Billy Joel in Jacksonville, FL.

1979, paid $10 to see Linda Ronstadt open for The Eagles in Gainesville at the Gator's Stadium.

1980, Dave Mason and Kenny (squeal!) Loggins in University of Florida gym for $12.  A two-fer!

1981 Paid $12 to see Hall & Oates back at Orlando Convention Center.

1981-ish paid about $15 to see The Who at what is now the Orlando Citrus Bowl, general admission. (remember those days? Getting there early. The crush at the gates or the door and then running for the best spot on the floor or grass and standing for 6 hours until you were ready to collapse, if you didn't get trampled in the stampede - glad those are gone).

There are many more concerts, lots of fun, progressively lots of money.  Now, I don't expect to get in for $10-20 tonight, but I sure won't be paying $100 a ticket - special "pit" seats are going for $1200.  Who has this kind of money???  Besides the performers...

So, again, wish me luck!  I may be back sooner than I think and watching The Survivor Finale, which okay by me.  But please ticket-gods, smile on me tonight so Mr. Tennis doesn't have to go through this again next year when they come...


KarenSue said...

Can't wait to hear all about it.

Orlando Grandma said...

Gook luck and Buena Suerte.
Would seeing, Lisa Minelli, Samy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinastra for twenty at the *U of F Tampa campus qualify for a good deal? I think so because of what it meant to me

Chatty Crone said...

Good Luck - my daughter and grandson saw them Saturday night here. $45 they wanted for T-shirts.

Hope you got in.

His drummer Richie was not there - drug rehab.

Bon Jovi is a cutie though.

I think my first concert was the Beatles in 1968.

Annesphamily said...

I meet the Monkees at their hotel in 1969 because they were going to perform at the Colorado State Fair in my hometown. I saw Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina at Red Rocks. Jethro Tull. Edgar Winter. youth! Barry Manilow twice in Denver and Neil Diamond twice also in Denver. The ticket prices ranged from $8 to $45! I think the prices today are ridiculous. I always love music. Anne

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Good luck Ann!!!
Really these prices are awful, and as you say concerts didn't cost like this years ago!
I've seen Jethro Tull in Calgary, Alberta as a teenager, and that was pretty well the extent of my history.

I also saw Tom Jones in Regina in the early 1970's.
I'm sure the prices were very reasonable. :)

Three years ago the Rolling Stones came to Regina, this was HUGE for Regina, and tickets were up to $300, but they were sold out.

I'm not a huge fan of them, but I sat out on my porch that night and heard the concert for free and felt pretty thrilled!

P.S. I'm a fan of Kenny Loggins too, and have actually a cd of children's music by him which is absolutely wonderful!

Oh, I HOPE you and Mr. Tennis got in!

Mr. Connor said...

Wow ! Did you get in ? Sounds like a lot of fun !

Jo said...

OMGoodness I love Survivor!And your taste of music and the singers.
Hope and wish you luck!
Thanks for comment(blog title-out behind the barn)I thought that might stir up bloggers curosity!

Stitchfork said...

Humming along to all of your familiar choices here!
xo Cathy

Linda said...

Hope you were able to get tickets! My first concert was in probably 1968 or 1969...the Monkees!