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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:05 AM

I posted this on the Gibson lounge so might as well here too. Paul McCartney is coming to our Centry Link this Sunday and they can't sell all the tickets. They have $75.00 tickets left in the nose bleed way in the back of the stadium looking straight at the stage. Deb and I saw Paul with Linda way back decades ago at Ames Iowa and it was a superb concert. Only Paul,and Ringo are left and she loves the Beatles. She wants to know what you guys think? Should we go or not? She has great memories of them before and this could be her last chance to see Paul.
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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:11 PM

I personally would not attend any stadium shows, unless John and George manage to return from the dead. It's pretty much the same as watching a video -- holds none of the appeal of a live musical performance for me. But as you say, it may be the last chance, and if your lady really wants the experience of being in the same building, $75.00 isn't outrageous.
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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:11 PM

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I personally would not attend any stadium shows, unless John and George manage to return from the dead. It's pretty much the same as watching a video -- holds none of the appeal of a live musical performance for me. But as you say, it may be the last chance, and if your lady really wants the experience of being in the same building, $75.00 isn't outrageous.


She could have seen them all together when she was a teen but she broke her foot and her parents wouldn't let her go. Both together we have seen Sir Paul with Linda and Ringo by him self and enjoyed both concerts. Not much you can do about those that die. Sad thing about famous musicians dying off here and there but when their all gone my concert days will be done.
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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:44 PM

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She could have seen them all together when she was a teen but she broke her foot and her parents wouldn't let her go. Both together we have seen Sir Paul with Linda and Ringo by him self and enjoyed both concerts. Not much you can do about those that die. Sad thing about famous musicians dying off here and there but when their all gone my concert days will be done.


$75 might seem stiff by ordinary standards, and to me, but I've known those Macca tickets to get as high as $300+, and if it don't break ya, I say go for it.
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Posted 21 July 2017 - 04:28 PM

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$75 might seem stiff by ordinary standards, and to me, but I've known those Macca tickets to get as high as $300+, and if it don't break ya, I say go for it.
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When she asked me this morning I told her to go for it! Exactly what I thought too. Tickets are selling in the hundreds so $75.00 isn't bad at all in comparison. It's close to 5:30 here and she called it in to reserve 2 tickets for Sunday's performance. I figure the folks down below paid to see his face. We should be able to see the stage and band and listening to the music is the important thing. Thanks for your reply guys, looks like we're seeing Paul McCartney Sunday.
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Posted 22 July 2017 - 03:14 PM

The last time Clapton was here we considered going to Melbourne to see him but decent tickets were $550 each and with transport , accomodation, meals etc it was going to cost us close to $2K!

I figured I could buy a nice guitar for that!
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Posted 22 July 2017 - 10:00 PM

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The last time Clapton was here we considered going to Melbourne to see him but decent tickets were $550 each and with transport , accomodation, meals etc it was going to cost us close to $2K!

I figured I could buy a nice guitar for that!


No kidding. Even for $200.00 a ticket we wouldn't go. I'm not sure what the seats close to the stage cost? I thought she said there were seats over $200.00. Maybe up to $350.00?? I think she wrote a pretty high check for Pink Floyd but that was a Anniversary present to each other. That was the best concert I've ever seen. And I did love seeing the Eagles 3 times with Joe Walsh with them. I would love to see Santana at least once.
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Posted 23 July 2017 - 09:55 AM

We saw McCartney about 5 years ago in Dallas and it was worth it, although I'm not sure what we paid. My wife has a business connection to him so they were FOB tickets. Great concert except for the acoustics at Jerry World (Cowboys Stadium then now AT&T). $75 in todays pricing is worth it and even $300 is "cheap." I've seen Macca tickets (full VIP package) for $3K.
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Posted 23 July 2017 - 04:19 PM

I'm spoiled. I grew up in the SF Bay Area when the Fillmore and Avalon were happening. Tickets were $2.50 on Thursdays and Sundays, $3.50 Friday and Saturday. Minimum wage was about $1.25 an hour, so very affordable --- three (usually great) bands per show, often with surprise guests. Plus light shows!

The most I've paid for concert tickets was $100 or so for Van Morrison, because my lady friend REALLY wanted to go. But I couldn't talk myself into $85 for Al Green or Smokey Robinson (back of the balcony). I can't think of anyone I'd pay over $100 to see. Most of the artists I most enjoy play at places that charge $25 to $50 a ticket, so that's pretty much my ceiling.
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Posted 24 July 2017 - 03:00 PM

It was very good indeed. A little too loud on some songs I had to turn the hearing aids off. Most songs were played not too loud where I could have them on. Paul played a variety of his bass guitar and a beautiful Gibson LP orange 6 string with custom paint spattered all over it. An acoustic and his piano of course. I've never seen him play 6 strings that much as in this concert. A wide variety of guitars played by his other 2 guitarists. One had what looked like a beautiful firebird and a jag? One had a Gretsch. Most of the band had been with Paul for 14 years but he never introduced any of them. Lots of fire and fireworks across the stage on Live and Let Die. Ha, Paul,acted like he couldn't hear a thing after that song. They were extremely loud on that one. Good thing I took my hearing aids out and had ear plugs shoved in. Deb loved the whole thing somit was worth going to. When we picked up the tickets, we were surprised to find out we were only 20 rows up from the main floor instead of up in the nose bled and that on the tickets it said they were $168.00 seats a apiece and we got them for $75.00 apiece so we made out with a great view.
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Posted 24 July 2017 - 03:44 PM

Glad to hear you enjoyed it. That's all that really counts. If the price didn't break ya, so it's no big deal.

I suppose promoters figure us aged "boomers" are made of money or something, and recapturing our youth is worth the price to us. Oh, well.

Sure is a BIG change from the $4 I paid for front row balcony seats at Detroit's Masonic auditorium for JIMI HENDRIX! [thumbup] But, that was back in '68! ;)

FIVE bands on that ticket. SRC, Soft Machine, Thyme, MC5 and then JIMI! For my first concert ever, it couldn't be better. [love]
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Posted 25 July 2017 - 02:11 AM

Yeah we have to get used to inflation. I think of my parents telling us how much a loaf of bread was in their childhood days and such. Then what they paid as adults and it's the same with every generation. I paid .35 cents per Gallon of gas with my first car. I could get a Big Mac Large fries and a soda for .80 cents or less in high school as a senior and I graduated in 1971. Now going to fast food places are as much or more then sit down restaurants. We go to the Husker football games at least once or twice Per year and spend $200.00 or more going to one home game. They keep increasing the prices for tickets and Deb is alumni. It's getting so high anymore we decided to stop going as we can watch them on tv. I hate being packed in the stadium like sardines and it's so uncomfortable but I did love the atmosphere.
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Posted 25 July 2017 - 04:51 AM

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Yeah we have to get used to inflation. I think of my parents telling us how much a loaf of bread was in their childhood days and such. Then what they paid as adults and it's the same with every generation. I paid .35 cents per Gallon of gas with my first car. I could get a Big Mac Large fries and a soda for .80 cents or less in high school as a senior and I graduated in 1971. Now going to fast food places are as much or more then sit down restaurants. We go to the Husker football games at least once or twice Per year and spend $200.00 or more going to one home game. They keep increasing the prices for tickets and Deb is alumni. It's getting so high anymore we decided to stop going as we can watch them on tv. I hate being packed in the stadium like sardines and it's so uncomfortable but I did love the atmosphere.


The biggest change in the shortest time for me(and most Metro Detroiters) was being able to, in that same summer of '68, go to the weekly Sat. hight dances at Southgate MI's Aquinas high school's gym for a $2 entry fee and dance to the Bob Seger System who was there every other week. Alice Cooper would turn up a few times later that summer, and everyone would ask, "Who?" ;)

Seven years later, we'd pay $30 a ticket to see Bob at Detroit's Cobo Arena and wind up being among the crowd heard screaming on his "Live Bullet" LP!

I can well imagine how some oldster now who once paid the equal of maybe a $1 cover to get into the Cavern Club and listen to The Beatles feels paying upwards of $300+ U.S. to see only ONE of them! ;)
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Posted 25 July 2017 - 01:17 PM

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The biggest change in the shortest time for me(and most Metro Detroiters) was being able to, in that same summer of '68, go to the weekly Sat. hight dances at Southgate MI's Aquinas high school's gym for a $2 entry fee and dance to the Bob Seger System who was there every other week. Alice Cooper would turn up a few times later that summer, and everyone would ask, "Who?" ;)

Seven years later, we'd pay $30 a ticket to see Bob at Detroit's Cobo Arena and wind up being among the crowd heard screaming on his "Live Bullet" LP!

I can well imagine how some oldster now who once paid the equal of maybe a $1 cover to get into the Cavern Club and listen to The Beatles feels paying upwards of $300+ U.S. to see only ONE of them! ;)
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Dang, I had it all typed out and the computer shut off and I lost it all. Yeah, I hear you. The thing that made me mad was prices everywhere kept increasing, taxes, property taxes, insurance, fast food prices, restraunt taxes on foood and service, store increased prices, grocery prices, gas increased prices, everything except the minimum wage and yet the Railroads said, "No...you won't get a raise because the cost of living hasn't went up." Then one year we got a penny raise and our union dues and health insurance went way up. Then the next year they claimed the penny raise was too much and they took it back. Can you guess why I hate the Railroads? And all the while the CEO's make mega millions each year. Whenever we got a foreign car in the company charged over a hundred dollars an hour just for our labor for repairs. It's all ripoff and get rich fast anymore.
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Posted 25 July 2017 - 03:34 PM

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Dang, I had it all typed out and the computer shut off and I lost it all. Yeah, I hear you. The thing that made me mad was prices everywhere kept increasing, taxes, property taxes, insurance, fast food prices, restraunt taxes on foood and service, store increased prices, grocery prices, gas increased prices, everything except the minimum wage and yet the Railroads said, "No...you won't get a raise because the cost of living hasn't went up." Then one year we got a penny raise and our union dues and health insurance went way up. Then the next year they claimed the penny raise was too much and they took it back. Can you guess why I hate the Railroads? And all the while the CEO's make mega millions each year. Whenever we got a foreign car in the company charged over a hundred dollars an hour just for our labor for repairs. It's all ripoff and get rich fast anymore.


That all sounds like a bad deal alright. I don't gripe about prices going up all the time. I've come to expect it after a while. But it's the getting LESS than you used to for less "back then" than you get now.

Like going to the show on Sat. afternoons when I was a kid. 25 cent matinee ticket got you TWO movies, PLUS a couple of cartoons and the previews. But now(and for some time) a $5 ticket gets you ONE movie, NO cartoons and a half hour of previews, AND a "slide show" of advertisements.

$5 used to fill your tank once upon a time, now it's just a couple of gallons or so spit into your 16 gallon tank. Sometimes I feel like wrapping myself in a shawl and rocking on the porch. :D $1.50 used to cover my newspaper cost for a week. Now, it's $1.50 for each edition. But now THEY only "home deliver" three days a week. All the other editions are e-Editions I have to go online for. For $18 a MONTH [cursing]
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Posted 26 July 2017 - 11:21 PM

Yeah, the pay more with less quality. I once took Enginering and Designing at UNO and was shocked at stuff they told us. For instance, did you know when they first made the Iron of course there was no steam hole in it. So some guy got the idea if he put one in it the sales would go up. Sure did! It sold like pancakes so the next guy thought i'll put one steam hole in a Iron and drill a dummy hole and advertise 2 steam holes but only one would work. Sure enough, it out sold the other one. So then another person comes along and drills 3 holes in a Iron but still with One steam hole. The sales goes up further. It's all marketing and getting rich quick with less! I read somewhere way back that Billionairs aren't happy with their billions and it's just a contest with one another to see who can be the richest! At that time their were around 10 of them competing with each other. To pull it off, it's make more money with less quality. They do it with food too.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:19 AM

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A wide variety of guitars played by his other 2 guitarists...... One had a Gretsch. Most of the band had been with Paul for 14 years but he never introduced any of them.


I think the Gretsch player was probably Brian Ray, a great player I played in a group with lonnnggg ago. He was all guitar, all the time, and it obviously paid off!

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 03:01 PM

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I think the Gretsch player was probably Brian Ray, a great player I played in a group with lonnnggg ago. He was all guitar, all the time, and it obviously paid off!

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I think that was him if I can remember. He did have a thick Gretsch and blond hair. A very great player. You guys are so very lucky that you change bands and get to play with lots of different players. I wish I could just play through all my songs without making any mistakes. Seems like I play clean once, then do it again and make a mistake somewhere. My wife gets tired of the mistakes and so I tend not to practice much when she's in the house.
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:08 AM

So, did you go ? $75.00 is , to me , a small price to pay to see one, whom I consider great.


but, I'd probably take that 75 and put it towards an Epiphone guitar, and play Beatles tunes on it, maybe....probably :)


but that's just me :)
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