Re: The price of concert tickets
The "price" of a $50 ticket is closer to $75 by the time you tack on all the fees, and most of the time you can't get around it. I don't go to many concerts or ball games these days because the overall price of the event, food, parking, etc really adds up. As others have said, I'd rather go see a local band play, or a minor league ballclub for $10 a ticket.
Last time I went to a concert it was about three years ago with Def Leppard and Styx, and the tickets weren't too bad ($40+/-), and with two bands playing, you really got a lot for the money. Plus I took the light rail train into the city to the concert and it only cost me a couple bucks for that.
I know many people that shell out several hundred bucks to go see Elton John, Billy Joel or the Stones. No thanks - I have all their concerts on DVD and can watch them from the comfort of my own home! :)
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