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I noted Bruce Springsteen is playing Wembley this summer, and doing The River to boot, but £95 to stand in the middle of a field outside a golden circle to watch him on a screen is pointless.  I'd see him at The O2, but Wembley Stadium is for football not gigs.

I was lucky enough to see The Who from the front block of the O2 last year, but also unlucky enough to be at Hyde Park beyond the golden circle which cost about the same.

Fortunately, The Stranglers, Elvis Costello, Wilko Johnson and The Damned play smaller venues this year, even if The Damned are playing The Royal Albert Hall!

 



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I can't think of any band I like that would  command huge crowds- Rats, Bunnymen, Clinic, Xtc(if they ever decide to play live again)

When I think about it most of the acts I like are fairly 'cult'. Big in their day but now holding on to a dedicated, not massive following. Luckily they don't charge minor fortunes to see they, which adds to their cred.I've never particularly liked Sprinsteen and The Who are good, but don't think I'd be bothered to go see them live.  I think they played the O2(or whatever corporate name it has now) in Dublin fairly recently. Probably cost an arm and a leg  and a dose of tinnitus too.smile



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I said Leonard Cohen, but can't think of who else at present, bound to be lots.

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I said Leonard Cohen, but can't think of who else at present, bound to be lots.


 Good call. I'd forgotten about Lenny. He's more suited to an intimate venue, but vastly popular paradoxically. Funny how the king of the lonely bedsit can attract large crowds- one of the very few artists worth forking out on.



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I said Leonard Cohen, but can't think of who else at present, bound to be lots.


 Good call. I'd forgotten about Lenny. He's more suited to an intimate venue, but vastly popular paradoxically. Funny how the king of the lonely bedsit can attract large crowds- one of the very few artists worth forking out on.


 Ive not seen him live and wonder if I ever will if he tours again in his 80s, it will be pretty incredible. I'm sure he'd rather do fewer bigger dates than more smaller venues. 

 

The Who would be a good call, certainly wouldn't be paying over £400 for front row. What are the cheapest tickets? £200??  Who can afford to see them. Ridiculous. 



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Cohen would be one, Morrissey another if he hadn't become so dangerously unreliable by the time I was in a position to see him. Definitely The Who, though I'd consider a big venue if they toured Quadrophenia in full again even if I was in the rafters for my money.

The Stones and the Faces the only other two that spring to mind. I'd almost consider breaking my no big venue rules for a Faces reunion.

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I think I pressed subscribe instead of post after my original post. I'm getting email notification. Irritating .

I would love to see U2 in a small venue, although I've never been a mile away from the stage, always within their viewing distance.

If I could bring back bigger bands it would be Pink Floyd. If I could bring them back from the dead, Queen.

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The Who would be a good call, certainly wouldn't be paying over £400 for front row. What are the cheapest tickets? £200??  Who can afford to see them. Ridiculous. 

It was £450 plus for the first ten rows at Wembley recently.  I was in 20th row on the aisle at O2, which cost me £90.  Hyde Park should have cost about the same with fees, but BST had a two day ticket offer for £99 (no fees) with blur, so I sold the blur part for normal price (£59), so it only cost £40 in the end.  But it wasn't even worth that given how far from the stage I was.  Glad I didn't see blur either.

By way of contrast, my pair of front row seats for Geldof were £25.  And nice and comfy.  Had a little kip during Harvest Moon.



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I don't know how they justify these charges.

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Cohen would be one, Morrissey another if he hadn't become so dangerously unreliable by the time I was in a position to see him. Definitely The Who, though I'd consider a big venue if they toured Quadrophenia in full again even if I was in the rafters for my money.

The Stones and the Faces the only other two that spring to mind. I'd almost consider breaking my no big venue rules for a Faces reunion.


Seen Morrissey at Brixton a couple of times, and although he did play O2, he hasn't played anything like Wembley.

Stones were just silly money.  Over £350 for an average seat at The O2, and relatively stupid for Hyde Park, I think over £100.   I did consider it, but decided against it in the end.  The only reason I paid £90 for The Who was it was in the front block and only 20 rows away.

As for The Faces, they played Hurtwood last summer, and I don't think it was that hard to get tickets.  Just a total pain in the ar$e to get to as I remember from the Rats first proper reformed gig.  Had to hire a car to get there!  



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I don't know how they justify these charges.


 Yeah, £25 was pushing the boat out for Geldof.  I was only there for the Rats songs, so £10 would have been more realistic. 



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I think the most Ive paid for a standalone gig is about £80 or so. I can't remember how much it was to seethe Stones from virtually in the car park down the road, but up very high and steep, with rotten cold . The cold wasn't their fault/problem but I wasn't allowed to take water in. Had to get tiny cups inside.

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As for The Faces, they played Hurtwood last summer, and I don't think it was that hard to get tickets.  Just a total pain in the ar$e to get to as I remember from the Rats first proper reformed gig.  Had to hire a car to get there!  


 Yeah the tickets weren't bonkers money either, given it was a charity thing, but I was away at the time, alas. Given that I can't drive it might have been a bit of a faff though, by the sounds of it!



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The Who would be a good call, certainly wouldn't be paying over £400 for front row. What are the cheapest tickets? £200??  Who can afford to see them. Ridiculous. 

It was £450 plus for the first ten rows at Wembley recently.  I was in 20th row on the aisle at O2, which cost me £90.  Hyde Park should have cost about the same with fees, but BST had a two day ticket offer for £99 (no fees) with blur, so I sold the blur part for normal price (£59), so it only cost £40 in the end.  But it wasn't even worth that given how far from the stage I was.  Glad I didn't see blur either.

By way of contrast, my pair of front row seats for Geldof were £25.  And nice and comfy.  Had a little kip during Harvest Moon.


hahaha 450 quid

ah dear what a joke 



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I bought my bf The Who Live In Hyde Park DVD for xmas

He's a fan of The Who.

Not really my cuppa tbh.



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JoanOfArc wrote:

PiL


 Most of the time PiL play fairly sensibly sized venues, saw them at Shepherds Bush Empire last year which isn't exactly massive. Great set, too.



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Also, Peter Gabriel. Although if you were miles away at least you wouldn't have to see the facial hair.

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