Does the demand for tickets to AC/DC's upcoming Black Ice tour prove the demand for live music isn't dead - or does it just say that people really love the Aussie rockers?
I keep going back and forth on my position about the ticket prices for the Black Ice shows. I know exactly how much money I've spent on music this year - and when I think of it that way, prices for AC/DC are on the lower end of the spectrum. I spent $200 and $300 a ticket to see Van Halen and George Michael respectively. Those prices are for one ticket - not a pair! So, even with the fanclub membership tacked on, I spent $250 for my two AC/DC seats. That's a lot of money when the economy sucks but I guess you have to pay if you want to see a certain band.
People are paying indeed.
I thought the days were gone where a single band could continually sell out venue after venue. I have to admit I'm intrigued watching this "AC/DC phenomenon." It is exciting to me to think that people are still into live music enough to get online, get on the phone, get in the car and get ready to all buy seats at the exact same time for one particular band. I can imagine this was the case often in the 80s. I guess it all comes down to the thrill of the chase.
I can only imagine how much better this experience would be if people could actually wait all night at venues for tickets. The advent of the Internet sort of killed that vibe altogether. Sure, time is money and progress moves society forward - but you also lose a very special bonding experience through convenience.