On Veterans Day I had the day off from work, so I decided to grab a cup of coffee, a newspaper, and scratch ticket from my local convenient store. This is a guilty pleasure I do not have the luxury of having these days with a 3-year old running around the house and the chaotic life of a half-rehabbed house.
As I looked through the paper I came across the event listings for my city and one that struck me right away was that the legendary group The Allman Brothers would be playing next week; cool I thought! As I read further (with all the anticipation and intent on getting a ticket) I noticed that ticket prices range from $50 – $150!!!!???? Granted The Allman Brothers have not stepped foot in the venue (The Palace) since 1973, I still think these ticket prices are out of control and truly not very realistic for a depressed economy. Not to mention that the band has not released a top ten hit in years, so at this point they are a novelty band full of greatest hits at best.
The show is being marketed as a “benefit concert”, so at first it made sense why the tickets are priced what they are; as usual a portion of the proceeds will go to the specific cause that the band or performer are supporting. I’m very cool with benefit concernts and I appreciate how artists can use their fame to support a charity, but this is where things get cheezy and lame with this particular “benefit” concert…the cause is for The Allman Brothers museum!! What?
Their musuem is called “The Big House”, it is a grand styled tudor mansion in Georgia where the band lived all together during the 1970’s during the real height of their career. Apparently they all lived together writing songs there and raising their kids, smoking doobies and perhaps the occasional riskier recreational drug use. According to their website it has become a “Mecca” for The Allman Brothers fan, big deal I say.
Why should I care about supporting their museum via an inflated ticket price? These guys are millionaires (or at least they should be). However, I’m sure that woman, drugs, and booze gobbled up much of Gregg Allman’s funds. The poor guy is dealing with recovery for a liver transplant; but I’m sure it was not from a tragic disease, but more a life of excess that is the trademark lifestyle of the Rock and Roll star. Regardless, I think they are asking fans to help their cause is pretty goofy. To ask fans to support keeping their old house alive and well while millions of Americans are dealing with foreclosure seems rather ironic. But, most people facing foreclosure would not be spending $50 to see The Allman Brothers right now either.
I would honestly pay the ticket prices if it was a benefit for perhaps, say, juvenile diabeties, pediatric AIDS, or even random backwoods animal shelter in Georgia. But The Allman Brothers museum? I think not, instead I think I’ll simply hanker down in my house with a cup of coffee and put on my $9.99 Allman Brother Greatest Hits album.
The band plays tonight at The Palace at 7:00; the show is not sold out as of this morning and if you are eager to fork over your hard earned dollars you can click here to get tickets.