Stones Ticket Controversy


In an effort to drum up some controversy over concert ticket prices, Fairfax newspapers report that ‘baby boomers …..will have to fork out up to a staggering $580 for the best seat’ when the Rolling Stones arrive in Australia next March for their 14 On Fire tour.

Top tickets to the Perth show will be $580.45 while Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena premium tickets are $578.25.

However, ‘Lucky Dip’ tickets are selling for $99. Pre-sale for each venue begins on December 9, apart from the Adelaide show, which is already sold out.

Prior to the USA tour earlier this year Mick Jagger told the Chicago Tribune that “there’s a price for everybody,’ however, due to alleged poor ticket sales the band offered cheaper tickets to premium seats to fan club members and others at many of the shows. This ‘flexing’ of the prices meant that stadiums were filled.

By contrast, in the UK tickets for the group’s two Hyde Park shows, priced from £95-£300, quickly sold out.

The Age claims that the most expensive seats for Taylor Swift’s tour sold for about $250 while Bon Jovi tickets at ANZ Stadium later this month ranging from $35 to $250. However, the paper does point out that ‘a more intimate show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre will cost fans $500 for VIP seats and $400 for Platinum tickets.’ The paper goes onto claim that Irish rockers U2 offered obstructed view seats starting at $40 and general standing and stadium seats for $99.90 in their 2010 tour.

To put the controversy into perspective tickets to Leonard Cohen’s winery show this weekend show range from $129.50 to $259.00. Prices for his Palais Theatre show on Monday December 9 (the same day the Rolling Stones tickets go on pre-sale) range from $140.30 to $285.05. Remaining tickets for Hunters & Collectors’ winery show in January are $295 while their Palais Theatre shows are $77 to $104.50.

Ticket prices for Sydney:

Tongue Pit – $577.70

Category 1 – $577.70

Category 2 – $374.20

Category 3 – $198.20

Lucky Dip – $99.00


Ticket prices for Melbourne:

Tongue Pit – $578.25

Category 1 – $578.25

Category 2 – $374.15

Category 3 – $197.95

Lucky Dip – $99.00


Ticket prices for Hanging Rock:

Category 1 – $576.60

Category 2 – $373.10

General Admission (Standing) – $153.10

Lucky Dip – $99


Ticket prices for Brisbane:

Tongue Pit – $577.70

Category 1 – $577.70

Category 2 – $374.20

Category 3 – $198.20

Lucky Dip – $99.00

Ticket prices for Perth:

Tongue Pit – $580.45

Category 1 – $580.45

Category 2 – $376.95

Category 3 – $200.95

Lucky Dip – $99.00


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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