How Much Would You Pay To See The Concert Of Your Dreams?

scalpy.png
The Daily Swarm got wind of an eBay auction for a pair of tickets to Elephant 6 cult hero Jeff Mangum's September 9 show at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, which predates his appearance at the Portishead-curated ATP in Asbury Park by about three weeks. The asking price for the chance to be one of "hundreds" watching the gig: $5,600. Plus shipping. (Aw, c'mon!) Now, granted, the listing has been up since March and nobody's bitten yet, so perhaps the Tampa-based concern "bestavailabletickets" might wind up making a bit less of a profit. But still!

Of course, concert tickets are crazy expensive these days even before you factor in fees, or the price-pumping that goes on in the secondary market; depending on what venue you're attending, tickets could start just under $100 and then creep up from there. And the promise of a show by Mangum, whose legacy only grew as Neutral Milk Hotel's 1998 album In The Aeroplane Over The Sea gained enough of a reputation to eventually be a Thursday-night NBC punchline, is clearly one that people will burn up the phone lines and hit up Craigslist, eBay, and less savory sides of the Internet.

So yes, capitalism charges on. But here's where the fun speculation comes in. Actually, it's kind of a good party game! What concert would you pay top dollar to see—and how much would you be willing to blow on the ticket, including transportation costs if you had to incur them (hey, some people really dream of seeing their favorite bands play Wrigley Field)? I generally am terrible at this game because my "I Wanna Be Rich" fantasies generally include a beach, a lot of sunscreen, and a gigantic scissor with which to cut off any inbound links to the Internet, but if I was told that for, say, a thousand dollars I could watch the Afghan Whigs perform Congregation and Gentlemen in their entirety at the Chicago club the Empty Bottle, I'd probably take fewer cabs and drink more wine at home.

Your turn!

(Oh, and it should probably be noted that the asking price for tickets to Mangum's Town Hall show on Oct. 29 tops out at an asking price of $625/pair, should you be OK with waiting an eternity seven weeks to catch a show of his.)

My Voice Nation Help
9 comments
kippy87
kippy87

I used to say that if Pulp will reunite, I will use my inheritance money or sell my kidney and book a European trip just to see them. But that's because I thought they wouldn't. Now that my dream is within reach and I'm still broke, I 'll have to add a condition -- North American dates only. Pulp and US dates? Hehe, that's not gonna happen, so my kidney's safe.

Bubbles Burbujas
Bubbles Burbujas

I spent $600 going to Boston to see the Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 last month and $2500 going to Barcelona for a trip to Primavera that pretty much was a trip to see Pulp (with lots of added value), so that's well over halfway to this pair of tickets. The trip to see LCD Soundsystem at MSG was also a four figure venture . . . Jesus, I think I have a problem.

For me the party game isn't who would I shell out money for, it's who would I want to see badly enough that their reunion would convince me to suffer through Coachella?

Michael Tedder
Michael Tedder

The honest answer to this question is, if you caught me in a weak moment, I might go up $5,000 for all four members of The Smiths.

Hg
Hg

I'm tired of reading about this persons stupid overpriced auction..  asking and getting are two different things.. most scalped Mangum tickets are going for a few hundred which is still pretty crazy..you'd have to be an idiot to pay $5600 for any tickets.. all scalped tickets drop massively closer to show dates... also a lot of times extra tickets get released to sold out shows...

MC
MC

I would literally pay as much money as I possibly could to see my favorite band reunite. I would empty my bank account. It would be absolutely, unquestionably worth it.

Adam
Adam

If Blur plays again, I'd pay a grand to see them.

KS
KS

The funniest thing about this is that the tickets for that show are will call only, meaning you can only pick up your tix with ID the night of the show.

Nick
Nick

Well, this is the best Parks & Recreation viral advertising I've seen. 

maura
maura

Wait until I start posting about vacation packages at the Neutral Milk Hotel!

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

New York Event Tickets
Loading...