Despite guitarist Keith Richards telling the BBC that the Rolling Stones hope to not “charge over the bloody top” for tickets to their recently announced two-city 2012 string of concert dates, that’s just what seems to be happening.
Addressing rumors that the four Stones members would each make a million dollars per show, Richards says, “I haven’t looked at the figures. Numbers can get greatly exaggerated but $25.8 million sounds about right to us. I’m a bit out of the loop with showbiz - I just want to do some shows and I don’t want to charge over the bloody top.”
The BBC reports that the string of access costs and booking fees mean the cheapest tickets for the London and New Jersey shows are going for $170, while the price of a standard seat to one of the shows is $654. For those going all in, a VIP hospitality package with surcharges added could run the buyer as much as $1836. However, members of the band’s fan club will be offered cheaper seats for their continued patronage.
So far, there's only been four shows announced... Nov. 25 and 26 at London’s O2 Arena and Dec. 13 and 15 at New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Richards says that even though four dates are all they’ve booked so far, he feels there may be more coming in 2013. He hints, “Nobody has given us a heads up, but this band isn’t going to wind up with four shows. Next year looks like it’s on.”
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