Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Skyrocketing Tickets, Reunions Shape Summer Concert Scene

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Skyrocketing Tickets, Reunions Shape Summer Concert Scene

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Associated Press

In the summer of 1994, music fans will be able to pay for a chance to reclaim their youth _ or an idealized notion of someone else's.

Led by the re-formed Eagles, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, superstars from the 1970s will dominate a pop music concert season those in the industry are hoping is the biggest ever.

But you'll have to pay handsomely to be entertained. This also is a summer that will be remembered for skyrocketing ticket prices.

"The concert business seems to be fueled by acts from the '60s and '70s and has been for six or seven years. '94 is no different. We just have some much bigger names out there," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert trade publication Pollstar.

The Rolling Stones, who rev up their tour machinery every five years or so, are poised to hit the stadiums in support of a new album. The Stones now are down to a quartet, with the departure of bass player Bill Wyman.

The tour represents a challenge for the aging rockers, who seem suspended between being a legend and a Letterman joke.

Despite an album ravaged by critics and the absence for former leader Roger Waters, Pink Floyd still is a popular draw for fans weaned on classic rock radio stations.

Two veteran piano men, Billy Joel and Elton John, also are teaming for a summer stadium tour, which will feature them playing together and separately. And, in that vein, Bonnie Raitt joins Bruce Hornsby, Jackson Browne brings along John Hiatt, and Metallica is touring with Alice in Chains.

But the Eagles have attracted the most attention. The country-rock band, which sold more than 30 million albums during the 1970s but split up with the dawn of the 1980s, have reunited to tour and perhaps release an album.

With Barbra Streisand's precedent, the Eagles are charging more than $100 a ticket at many of their shows.

No other acts have been quite so brazen, but concert prices in the $30 to $50 range are no longer unusual. It started in recent years with the practice of offering special "golden circle" seats and has reached full bloom this season.

Don't blame the promoters. Sorry to break this to you, fans, but some of your favorite stars are greedy. …

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