questionswho would you pay $1,000 to see from the front…

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It would have to be Jesus or someone else risen from the dead. I'm not a big fan of concerts to begin with, so paying over $50 to see someone perform is already hard for me to justify.

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I love music, I love concerts, I'd pay a couple hundred to get into the front of a small venue (<250 people) . The wife and I are going to see Eric Clapton in a couple weeks, we got floor seat for a couple hundred bucks each. I don't mind paying a bit more for excellent music but $1000 is too steep for me.

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The Beatles (John, Paul, George, Ringo). But I hear no tour is in the works. :(

Have paid close to $500 to see the Stones from the 10th row at that mountain stadium in El Paso (Is that the Sun Bowl? It's an incredible venue). The concert was a blast blast blast.

Might do it again for the Stones, depending on venue, friends, and finances. Might not.

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In short nothing, $1000 is way too much for any event
I could buy/pay for a lot of things with that kind of money.

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Nobody. Absolutely nobody. Not even Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six.

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Metallica at that concert with the San Francisco Symphony . . . the one they made an album and DVD out of . . . the one with the name I won't type out here at work lest I get a call from Human Resources.

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@f00l: Glad you enjoyed your visit to El Paso! You are probably talking about the Sun Bowl.

I have a feeling this is an income bracket question. I am not a big fan of live performance (heresy in my social group which contains theater teachers and season ticket holders to the local theater) so it's not really abut the cost. But it's hard to imagine paying $1000 for just a ticket, no backstage access or anything extra. I felt like $120 a ticket for Cirque de Soleil in Vegas was steep, although I had to admit that it was worth it, especially for Ka. But my friend who's much better off than me used to fly all over the country to see Jethro Tull in concert, he was effectively laying out about that much with travel costs.

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Most of my favorite bands and musicians are either dead or permanently not performing.

Even if you got Dire Straits and the Talking Heads back together (neither of which will ever happen) and it was a quadruple billing with Miles Davis leading the John Coltrane Quintet with Charles Mingus and his band doing a set as well (that's a lot of dead guys, there...) I'm still not sure I would pay $1,000. That said, $1,000 is a truck load of money relative to what I'm making right now; ask again in 10 or so years and maybe by then I'd be willing to consider spending $1,000 on one night of something.

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@lparsons42: For front row at that concert, I'd pay it. Hell, I'd consider it for Dire Straits alone.

I'd camp out to pay $1000 each for 2 tix to see the beatles. Same for Led Zepplin.

I'd consider it for a GN'R reunion. and maybe the next Genisis reunion.

I saw U2 from the 3rd row....nothing special

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Nope. Not even a little bit. Not for my favorite band with my 2nd, 3rd, 4th favs. Nope. For my hubs and I to go - that's $2k. Which would be a wrought iron fence around our property. Or the materials for a roof. Or rewiring the house. Even if there weren't a ton of home improvement projects we'd rather invest in, I wouldn't spend that kind of money on a show. Not when you can buy tickets to a festival and see a grip of your favs with a good crowd.

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Only if it were Pink Floyd, no other group or individual... Then again, if PF, they wouldn't be $1000 either - lol.

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I love concerts, but I could never justify spending that much on one when I could go to 20 at $50 a piece. Even then most bands want to see are only around $15-30. The most I spent was $86 to see Mumford and Sons and as much as I love them that felt like a lot to spend.

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An interactive money shower. And you get to keep what you catch. A worthwhile investment

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@wisenekt I want to know who is coming that thinks they're worth $1,000 for front row seats?!?

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No, I would not. BUT, I might be tempted at $100.

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If it was one of those Coachella type shows but with "front seats" I might depending on the lineup. Front row for 3 days of like 30 bands. Might be worth $1000. I'd have no idea where I could come up with that money to just blow and I'd have to take my wife or a friend so I guess the real answer is NO.

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Concerts generally aren't my thing. I don't like large groups of people. And there is a reason most albums are done in a studio with lots of takes. They sound better that way and you get the very best they can do. The live version is usually just louder and more rough with lots of crowd noise. There are some exceptions where the venue and the acoustics really add to the experience. But that is for symphony orchestras or choral groups. But even then, $1000 per ticket is ridiculous unless John Williams himself is composing a symphony just for me.

Same goes for sports tickets. I was given some Dallas Stars tickets. I was shocked when I saw that they were $400 each.

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First off, I absolutely love live music. Love concerts, etc. However, just for front row, the answer would definitely be no one. However, I did drop $700 for backstage tour, meet and greet, and be up on stage during a performance. Or the $3k that we spent on the ShipRocked rock cruise that included more or less front row access and meet and greets with all the bands as well as a pretty awesome cruise. Add to that running into the various band members over the course of 4 days. Those were both really awesome experience and would do again. But $1,000 just for front row, definitely a pass.

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@sportster25: The concert is for Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. I guess it is some international show, I have never heard of it.

I do not know if they include anything else with the $1,000 front row seats, most shows do something for people that want to shell out the big bucks though.

EDIT: I put the wrong concert before.

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@wisenekt: I see here he's a Pakistani singer, there are vids on YouTube but I am at work and can't check them out. Another downside to cubicle hell. He's got a show in May on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City and the floor seats are selling for almost $300 each, and it looks like about half of them are sold out.

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@triplebud I agree, I love going to festivals over a span of a few days, where there are more than 50 artists. These are the only cases I could conceive of spending $1000, because it'd be worth that much money to see that many artists. Also, in these situations there is usually a "pit" or front crowd area (no designated seats or front row) - so no reason to pay extra for that! :P

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No one. I'd pay $250 or so for one or two bands, but not $1000.

Just curious - to the OP - how much are 2nd row tickets at this same concert?

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@dows: ahhh true! I didn't think of the pit! I take back my answer. There is no way I'd spend $1000 to get trampled and mud on me for 3 days.

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@djp519: No clue, they are already sold out. Four rows back is $500 though.

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@moondrake: the stadium at UTEP where they estimate the stadium crowd and the "from the mountains" watchers. One of my favorite ever venues ever ever ever, a long long walk uphill from parking, but a great location once you arrive.

I also went jogging in the big park, and climbed up to the radio towers, and drank too much tequila over the walk bridge in Juarez. Fun trip. Lucked into a place in Van Horn that made wonderful huevos rancheros. All the local ranchers seemed to meet for breakfast and then leave for work just before sunrise. I love driving all those empty miles in the SW.

Have seen the Stones for too much $ (Madison Square Garden, 1978?), and for $5 nosebleeds (Cotton Bowl, 1980‘s), and in venues great or rediculous. They always give great show even if they are corporate rock exponential.

The other acts I'd love to see (Nirvana, Led Zep, Talking Heads, Beatles, Janis, Ornette Coleman, Sinatra, Garland) aren't touring or are too much changed.

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@thumperchick: I have your back on this one. $1K is a big chunk of my annual electric bill, and I can watch youtube for a mere pittance. "Live" just doesn't do it for me. :)

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@jsimsace: $1k is my annual electricity bill. Plus, concerts require parking, planning, pants... a plethora of "p" words. Watching shows at home requires... internet?

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Possibly Leonard Cohen. He played a couple of years ago in a venue four hours south of us, but the show was on the day we were to drive 10 hours home from a vacation site north of us. I just couldn't face that much driving in one day, and we really didn't want to cut short our one little week in an isolated mountain cabin.

But another day, in a closer venue, on a day when I'm feeling reckless, yeah, I might consider it.

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I went on two Barenaked Ladies cruises, neither of which was over $1,000. Of course, I had the cheap cabin with multiple roommates.

Other than shows I've traveled for (Art of Time Ensemble with Steven Page, Davy Jones as Fagin in Oliver, impromptu Elvis Costello fan convention in Chicago), the most I've spent for a concert was $140 for Leonard Cohen; that was a VIP ticket and included $70-80 worth of merch.

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I'd pay $1000 to see Jimi Hendrix or The Beatles or Johnny Cash or Sergey Rachmaninov or Miles Davis. Even in zombie form, they would probably still be good.