Nothin’ But A Good Time … And Fifty Bucks

noah | July 24, 2007 2:00 am
To follow up on this morning’s item about soft ticket sales for Poison: Tickets to tonight’s show at the Jones Beach Theater–which I will be attending–range between $26 and $42.50, before the obligatory Ticketmaster service charges.

Which, on the one hand, makes some sense: Poison is still touring with all its original members–a feat in hard rock right now, as we’ve chronicled here–and they’re still on a major, another feat. On the other hand, $42.50 seems a little steep for a band that’s a) playing shows behind a covers album and b) touring with Ratt, who aren’t even in the top 50 of VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.” Considering that Poison’s clip for “Nothin’ But A Good Time” has them as the savior of dish-washers around America, you’d think that ticket prices wouldn’t be so steep–or at least would have kept pace with inflation. In 1990 I spent $21.50 (before service charges) to see Poison with Warrant (which then had all its official members); that would equal $33.72 in 2006 dollars, according to Westegg’s inflation calendar, and we haven’t even gotten into the “pay $3 for the privilege of printing your ticket at home while using ink and paper that you paid for” lunacy yet.

Poison and Ratt, Vains of Jenna [Live Nation]

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