Monday November 2, 2009 6:20 pm
Fans Upset by Steep Bon Jovi Prices
Bon Jovi has been blasted for “ludicrous” ticket prices for their London tour.
The “We Weren’t Born to Follow” rockers are set to play a string of dates at the city’s O2 Arena starting June 7, but fans are upset they will have to pay up to a staggering $2100 to see their idols.
General admission to the shows costs $73 for the cheapest seats, rising to $327, while the price of the highest-banded premium tickets has led angry fans to call for a boycott of the concerts.
One wrote on the group’s website: “I am going to stand up for what I believe in and use my earnings to feed my kids rather than lining some fat cat’s pockets.” Another added: “After writing an album about the world’s problems with the recession the prices are just a mockery.”
Despite the complaints the band’s initial five shows sold out in hours, and another nine dates in The Circle Tour were subsequently added.
The high prices are in contrast to those sold by other stars for their dates at the venue. Tickets for Michael Jackson’s This Is It 50-date residency cost $82 to $123, with a corporate package charged at $12,950. In June, unsold VIP Britney Spears tickets with a face value of $163 were sold off at $3.27 each to fill up the arena.
Meanwhile, Bon Jovi performed on UK TV talent show The X Factor last night, where lead singer Jon Bon Jovi reportedly made some unusual backstage demands. “Jon made a big deal about his [toilet] seat. He wanted it to be a brand new seat and his people said he wanted to see it before it was fitted upon his arrival at the studios,” a source said.
The band will complete a world tour in 2010, in support of their latest album The Circle.
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