I am a big Pink Floyd/The Wall/Roger Waters fan. My husband? Even bigger.
So when I saw on 60 Minutes the scope and scale of the Roger Waters show that is touring the country, I was intrigued.
Three years to plan and create this rock opera extravaganza. With 42 high-definition projectors. The screen, flashing images throughout the concert, is 3 stories tall and as long as a football field. Choirs. Orchestras. And Roger Waters, of course.
My husband’s birthday is this summer and I thought, what a treat! I’ll take him to see this amazing concert. And since I get to go, too, it’s a win-win!
Fifty bucks for tickets in the nosebleeds. Hmmmm. Let’s see what it is a little closer to the action. The tickets jump to $199 and $250. And we’re still not even near the floor yet. We’re still waaaaayyyy up there. It’s a pretty huge venue.
(Cue cynical smirk.)
Wonder what the prices are for tickets on the floor?
They start at $575. Or you can pay $1250 to be right on top of the action.
One thousand, two hundred, fifty dollars.
For one ticket.
That’s a house payment. Or college tuition payment. Or a monthly paycheck for a teacher.
Twelve hundred dollars and change for the opportunity to be entertained for a few hours.
And then I stumble upon this piece about Roger Waters being thrilled that he was able to see Jimi Hendrix and Cream back in the 60’s for about 2 bucks. Recounted as the “deal of his life” Waters said, “It might have been the best purchase I ever made.”
Where is our deal, Mr. Waters?
I am so sick of celebrities: wearing their armbands of support, wearing t-shirts and hats screaming their favorite charity, lending their name and face to a philanthropic endeavor, pleading with us to give all we can and then turning around and agreeing with the venue to charge us a thousand bucks to see them play. I realize the star doesn’t receive all of the profit. But c’mon. A thousand dollars? You’re kidding me, right?
So, I’m curious. What charities does Roger Waters want me to support?
I go to looktothestars.org and search his name.
And this is what I find:
“Charities & foundations supported
None known – if you know of one, please drop us an email”
We’re not going. Even to sit in the nosebleeds.
I still love the music.
But I am no longer a fan.
(I know there are artists out there that refuse to deal with certain venues or ticket sellers because of outrageous pricing. If you know of any, please list them in the comments section below. Those are the artists I want to support.)