£5o quid for a decent view, gotta be kidding., I was in support of this tour, was even going to travel Newcastle or maybe manchester. now im not.
Then of course there is the merchandice.
I refuse to be ripped off.
First of all: I'm pissed off about the ticketprices as well. But that's just how it goes nowadays.
Ticketprices in all countries have just exploded the last couple of years. The official reason: artists and companies get less income because we burn so many cd's. (Which is a stupid and UNTRUE argument!)
Also, bear in mind that this particular tour is particularly expensive! Why? Because it is not a real, existing, unit. When there is a band there is one price for one unit. Now it's three! There are three people on this tour -that would already be expensive to put on stage on their own- who all three have their own company, their own management, their own everything. Hence the price needs to be as high as that, say, 3 managers can eat instead of one.
So there you have it!
It's your choice - those are the prices so take it or leave it! I'm standing at Cardiff for £50 and it's the only show I'm seeing. £50 is expensive to some and the norm to others - it's the going rate for such a big name artiste even if Freddie is no longer with us. I've been starved of Queen gigs since Wembley'86 and am looking forward to hearing that magical sound of Roger & Brian playing together again.
These are fairly cheap when compared to Madonna, U2 - who by the way are the most overrated band in the world. Look at Live Aid - Queen blew off the stage!
There does seem to be a lot of grumbling about the price. Maybe one reason for this is that many Queen fans have followed the band since the 70's or 80's and are now old enough to have dependents that they also have to pay for. By the time you've added tickets for a husband or wife and a child the total cost does begin to look frightening even before you stick the travelling expenses on.
Well it may be fifty quid but think yourself lucky you have tickets. Those £50 will be selling on ebay soon for double or more.
Plus look at some of the other big acts Madonna the Eagles etc they were charging far more so it aint too bad.
Don't forget also, that for many this could be the first and only time we see queen or as near to queen as we can hope.
I signed up for the mailing list for Sheffield Arena when I heard about the date ... I knew it wouldn't be cheap, but you could have knocked me over with a feather when the email came thru just before I left work tonight.
So I for one WON'T be getting up at the crack of dawn tomorrow, to sit and listen to the engaged tone on the ticket hotline for hours on end.
Tickets were £12.50 in 1986.
I feel that they are pricing out younger fans who never got the opportunity to see Queen in '86 or before as they were too young, or not even around back then.
Personally I'd just left school then and managed to go, and this time after working full time for over 10 years, I now work part time and have a child to support, so the ticket price is prohibitive this time too.
I know ticket prices have risen but this still seems a bit steep, and dropping prices by a few quid would have been a good idea.
Normally I would go and see a band I love at several shows, but due to the high cost and my personal circumstances I won't be doing so. Welcome to being a grown up, eh?
I'm travelling from Ireland to go to the shows in Birmingham and Wembley. It's costing over £150 per show including ticket, travel and lodgings. It's the same if you want to see the musical, I paid £62 for a ticket last October. I think it's disgraceful that younger fans and people on low incomes are being priced out of this tour. Maybe they will get a better deal than the rest of us when the DVD comes out, at least they won't have spent £50 quid to see bugger all from the back!
Just looking at some of my old stubs:
£3.50 in 1978 up to £9 in 1982 up to £14.50 in 86. The tribute concert was £25 and that was 13 years ago so while I still think its expensive I guess with inflation the price is probably about right.
Judging by the response on the Ticketmaster site most of the UK shows have sold out (internet wise) already so somebody is prepared to pay myself included.