Baby Boomers Are Ruining the World: Example #73

$300 is the average ticket price to see Barbara Streisand this October at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.  Dinner, hotel and VIP packages range up to $5000 per person.  This is insanity.

Seven performers who came to Philadelphia last year charged an average ticket price of over $100:

  • Barry Manilow, $154
  • Celine Dion, $136
  • Paul McCartney, $135
  • The Rolling Stones, $134
  • Andrea Bocelli, $120
  • The Eagles, $108
  • Elton John, $102

I hear that the AARP co-sponsors the defibrillator machines and emergency oxygen tanks at these concerts . . . And this generation accuses us of having bad music?  The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney I’ll give you, but Celine Dion, Barry Manilow and The Eagles?  Give me a break. 

However, let this be a fair warning to my children: when I’m 64 I will spend your inheritance on overpriced tickets to see Madonna strut her wrinkled body across a stage with the help of a walker . . . You’ve been warned!

Link: Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/18/2006 | Hello, Dollar! Streisand tickets to set a record.

Published by Chris Duckworth

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. Veteran. Jedi. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.

8 thoughts on “Baby Boomers Are Ruining the World: Example #73

  1. Hmmmm. Reminds me when I went to Hewy Lewis and the News with the folks. Afterwards we talked about how my generation’s musicians will age. Will KRS-ONE’s break dancers still be able to spin on their head (my off hand guess is no)? Will Cake still be as sweet etc?

  2. I don’t think that I’m much older than you, Chris, but wow – who are KRS-ONE and Cake?
    I admit that I’m out of touch with today’s music (though I did listen to Shakira before she crossed over to English). I basically stopped listening to new music sometime between 5 and 10 years ago, and these days only purchase new CDs (I don’t have an iPod!) of my favorite 80s, 90s techno-pop bands such as Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, New Order, etc. etc..
    And when I was in elementary or middle school I saw Huey Lewis and the News!

  3. I jsut went to the Trocadero, saw four bands for $20. Hmmm, $300 to see a woman who may turn into Meca-streisand and wreak havoc on the fair city of philadelphia. Or go to some hole in the wall club and see a great indie rock band. hmmm, let me see.

  4. Like the rev, I am all about the $20 shows at little venues. I went to a 5 band show for $20 to celebrate Johnny Cash’s birthday, and I’ll bet i had WAY MORE FUN than those folks dropping 2 or 3 bills to hear the line up you listed above. Plus, beers were like $2.

  5. LP, that had to have been an awesome show. The next concert I am going to is a ska show. five bands 15 bucks and free tickets to a music fest to see New York Dolls.

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