When I heard the other day that Van Halen is coming to the Toronto Air Canada Centre this July, I was so excited at the thought of picking up a pair of tickets for an evening that would take us back in time (still am and will always be a rocker girl at heart!). What really had me stoked was that Kenny Wayne Shepherd will also be playing—I’ve never had a chance to see him live and I’ve been dying to see him for many years now. In my opinion KWS is clearly one of the best blues guitarists ever—right up there with Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. (Check out his amazing guitar riffing during his band’s cover of Voodoo Child here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6N4WbXRu-c)
I LOVE KWS!!!
Anyhow, when I went online to order tickets I almost flipped over backwards in my chair. A decent pair of tickets were $250.00 EACH!
Am I out of touch with reality or is that freaking expensive?!
A LOT of folks out there must have a LOT of money flowing like lava out of their glutes because how the hell else could they justify paying five-hundred dollars for a three-hour concert?!
Yes I know I sound like an antique when I say, “What has this world come to? I remember when I paid fifty bucks for a concert ticket and thought THAT was a ripoff…” (Hey, I guess I am an antique since I can remember paying FIFTEEN bucks each to see an Aerosmith concert!)
After checking to see what else might be available, I found that the cheapest tickets for Van Halen and KWS were $100 each, but we would need the Hubble space telescope just to get a glimpse of the dust-mite-sized band members onstage. We’d probably also get altitude sickness.
So overcome with disappointment, I had a good wrenching cry while I smashed a few Van Halen CDs against a wall and threw darts at a picture of David Lee Roth tacked up on my dart board.
I think I’ll celebrate the fact that I’ve just saved myself $500 bucks by getting out my earphones and listening to some old VH and KWS tunes on my Walkman.