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...