So I like to go & see concerts. To me there is nothing quite like seeing a band live. From Bob Dylan to Slayer to Rogue Wave every band brings something interesting to the stage when they come in concert. Nowadays I like to go to smaller venues to see shows as the larger arenas don’t seem to rock like they used to. The intimacy of a small club beats out large crowds pretty much every time. Now there’s another reason not to go see big bands in large venues.
In the late eighties rock & roll was new to me as I had been brought up on a lot of southern gospel. Watching the video for Living On A Prayer & Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi made me want to go see those guys. I mean what better concert could there be than a guy flying through the air like Superman to a 15 year old! For a short time Jon Bon Jovi was my hero. I say that with just a small twinge of embarrassment, but hey…why start trying to be hip now?
Alas I never got to see Bon Jovi in their heyday but they recently announced that they are back on tour. An email I got boasted $20.00 presale tickets, and even though I probably would not take the dive to see them I wanted to see what that kind of money could buy me. It turns out that Bon Jovi tickets, like most other tickets these days, are sold from the lower class to the high class. Fans that don’t have a lot of extra money can go see Bon Jovi in the back of the arena for $20 – $40 and binoculars are NOT included. If you want to go see the show up in the front rows or in the pit where Jon himself may come out & sing to you that ticket ends up costing you somewhere around $1500 per ticket. That’s right, you can’t even get near those good seats unless you have $500 or more.
So back in 1994 when I saw Pink Floyd on the Division Bell tour I got my tickets early and sat in the 4th row centerstage. Those tickets didn’t cost me extra. The fact is that I was a big fan, got my tickets early, & got to see one of my favorite bands waaaaay up in front. Nowadays I couldn’t afford those tickets unless I wanted to get behind on my house payments. Everyone wants to know what’s wrong with the music industry. Let me just say that gouging fans is not one of the answers. I love small venue shows because you can see the artist play & enjoy the show without straining to see who exactly is on stage. I may not be able to see the more popular artists because they only play large venues, but I’ll take that. Rock & roll is alive in well in America. Just not at a Bon Jovi concert.