Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has defended the steep prices for the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration shows in London and New Jersey, saying they are “expensive to put on”.
Fans have vented their frustration at the ticket prices – with many claiming they can’t afford to see the legendary band in action. Ticket prices for their 02 Arena shows in London on November 25 and 29 start from £90 (AU$137) in the nosebleeds, and go as far as a deluxe VIP package for £950 (AU$1446).
Jagger backed up bandmate Ronnie Wood’s remarks last week about the high prices – telling Billboard it is costing the band roughly the same amount of money to put on the four shows than it would if they were doing 100.
“You might say, ‘The tickets are too expensive’ – well, it’s a very expensive show to put on, just to do four shows, because normally you do a hundred shows and you’d have the same expenses,” he said.
“So, yes, it’s expensive,” he added. “But most of the tickets go for a higher price than we’ve sold them for, so you can see the market is there. We don’t participate in the profit. If a ticket costs 250 quid. let’s imagine, and goes for 1,000 quid, I just want to point out that we don’t get that difference.”
Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards have also hinted to Billboard the band could do a few more shows in 2013 in other cities.
“This juggernaut, once it gets rolling, is almost unstoppable,” Richards said.
‘Oh, an extra gig,’ or, ‘Let’s play somewhere you’ve never played before.’ So things go on. Right now, I’m just happy to have the thing rolling and moving. It’ll be great, playing London and New York. The rest of it, it’ll happen. Don’t worry about it.”