Muse are supporting U2 on a leg of their North American tour, taking in New York, Washington, Atlanta and Tampa. I’m going to be working in New York as the tour comes by, so I’m tempted to get a ticket and see the show. However, looking at the ticket prices, I’ve decided not to go as a protest to the way U2 are treating their fans. They’ve done a few things right, mainly providing £55 tickets to fans - but everything subsequent to that has “greedy, money-squeezing bastards” written all over it.
If you aren’t already aware, U2 are charging up to $250(!) for standard tickets, and hundreds more for VIP packages which include a tour of the backstage area. This isn’t so bad in itself, fans will genuinely want this experience, however the real shocker comes down to the pricing of their (RED) tickets.
The (RED) areas at the 360 degree shows are positioned just around the stage and are, apparently, the best place to “see, and be seen”. They come at a price though. U2 have taken their fans loyalty and sent them competing against each other - the highest bidder gets the ticket (up to $1,000’s). It’s a fantastic business model, yes, but at the cost of anally raping their fans, it’s probably not the best long term plan.
Aha! you think. Why don’t I just get a presale ticket? Well, to be considered a ‘real fan’ these days, you have to pay $50 (or more) for the privilege. $50 gets you access to the third day of the presale - if you want access any earlier then you’ll have to shell out a bit more. That $50 doesn’t even include the cost of a ticket.
I’m not normally one for ranting, but this jolly well takes the biscuit.