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Hey Joe

The blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa is coming to Buffalo in May to play at a wonderfully restored old movie theater. I didn't find out about this until just now, but as a fan of the blues, I thought I'd check the theater's website to see if any tickets remained in the front 10 rows or so.

Sure enough, three seats were for sale in the eighth row, dead center of the front orchestra section. I clicked on one to see how much it cost:

One hundred forty dollars and change.

Over the past couple of years, I've seen Jeff Beck twice. Buddy Guy, twice. Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Steve Vai. Joe Satriani. I take my guitar-slinging nephew to shows, and I buy his tickets. Last week, we saw Satriani. Tickets were $132. For the pair.

Based on the seats available chart, Bonamassa doesn't have any trouble selling tickets at such high prices. Good as he is, though, he won't be selling them to me.


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Oct. 11th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yep. There have been several people we wanted to see... but we couldn't justify nearly $200 EACH for Neil Young tickets, plus the gas to drive to Oakland, a hotel, etc....
Oct. 11th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
That's outrageous—tickets for people with more money than brains.
Oct. 12th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
Wow, that's pretty steep - wouldn't have thought that venue would bring in that kinda $$.
Oct. 12th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
That's what I was hoping. I like Joe, but I don't think he's worth more than twice the price of Satriani.
Oct. 12th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
Live entertainment is getting too dear to attend - we stopped going to ML baseball for the same reason.
Oct. 12th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I hear you. I won't go to National Hockey League games anymore. The seats are ridiculously expensive, and the public address system is nothing by 96-decibel ads during stoppages in play. Or the music: I've never been able to figure out the relationship between 100 db of "Foxy Lady" and ice hockey.

As for baseball, I turn it on at night when I have trouble sleeping. It works as well as Ambien, but without the weird dreams.
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