I skipped reading any replies because I could pontificate and ramble on empathetically, and all that, but I think I have distilled it down to answer "what I would like to know is what are we getting for the extra £33 this time that we haven't had before?" to this: an insurance policy you can attend over someone else! It is that simple when we know that this act could pull in a huge crowd under certain venue capabilities and willing social situations. What would you do? Open the event to thousands more whom are initially glad to attend, with lower ticket prices, but the venue is too large for the entertainment fare to honestly be a good match? Wouldn't that have a larger percentage of displeased, or at the very least, unimpressed and very unlikely to be concerned with a "next time". For a total independent, YES it means a loss of income from future appearances, recordings, and merchandise-Joe's lifeblood to keep Rocking ON!!!
Plus, there's this thing called capitalization. J & R may be capitalizing on supply and demand, but if they INVEST in capital to improve the overall quality of the presentations-and I dare ask who can honestly say, if they have followed Joe Bonamassa for a number of years, with repeated attendance at concerts, can deny that the improvements have been steady if not so dramatic (read as at least not selling out, and I don't mean ticket sales). There have been CONSTANT considerations for new cities to expand to, longer show lengths, and constantly introducing new songs to keep things from going stale even though so many gleefully expectant neophytes show up at shows wanting to see "legendary" performances from back albums. AND, the new fans keep coming, demand is NOT going down, and there is ZERO doubt that so many of them are intent and hopeful on applying themselves in person that the only COMPROMISE to (limited) supply adjusting to (popular and excessive) demand is raising prices, which is in step with global economies anyway-like it or not, it is true-nobodies prices have been going DOWN anywhere I have been or looked lately.
I don't think either ticket pricing distressed fans or Joe & Touring Co. are being "selfish", I just think the old expression is "It is what it is" is applicable at this point in time to all parties. Trust me I feel this discomfort, but these are discomforting times in so many ways, what better way than to pay the Blues its' dues...............
Can you imagine trying to move this Slow Train without some heavy steam???!!!!
Rock ON & Keep the Faith,
ps-I don't think you were (or anyone was) being inflammatory, either
"He still doesn't charge for mistakes!
"Everybody wants ta get inta the act!"
“Now, this isn’t your ordinary party crowd, here. I mean, there are professionals in here.”