I was hoping to write this post about how elated I was to be going to see the best god-damned band in the world - Iron Maiden - but alas, it is not to be. It's not because I couldn't get tickets, I was on tickemaster at 11:58pm when they were to go on sale (they didn't actually go on sale till 12:08am, which brought it's own share of heart pounding), and I got some decent seated tickets. So I put in my information and proceeded to check out with my two Iron Maiden tickets, at their ONLY U.S. stop on their tour, very happy with myself. It was then I saw the over all totall - $146!!
Needless to say, this was a shock. Looking back at my purchase the tickets were $54 and change, which I was fine with, then there was the ticketmaster fee, the location fee, tax, and elivery fee, bringing them to over 70 bucks a pop. Well I double checked with the guy I was going with, to make sure that the price was ok. He had a hard time scrounging together the $60 he thought he needed. Now it was closer to $80, and after the cost of gas and food and crap, over $100 a person. He couldn't handle that, and while I could, it would have made my life difficult for some time. So we both agreed to catch them next time, something I've been saying for at least 8 years...
So, while this begins as a rant about failing at seeing Iron Maiden, it now becomes a rant about outrageous ticket prices and the bullshit hidden charges for ticketmaster and the like. I'm not going to invest too much time, because we all know about this crap, but sometimes it needs to be said. I get that ticket prices are expensive, I do, I don't like it, but it's a business. I also see hoe tickemaster has to put charges in their products. But there is no need for these to be hidden. They should be in the price from the get-go. And the venue itself shouldn't have their own charges. We are already paying to go there, and for parking, and for food, and for whatever else. This is just another bit of gouging the consumer that shouldn't be, expecially in today's rocky economic environment.
Alright that is it. That's my rant, I'm satisfied. I'm still not going to see Iron Maiden....unless someone out there likes my rant and wants to invite me along? I'll pay for gas and food, or just your ticket, whichever you'd like.