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Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards insists the band did what they could to keep ticket prices low for their 50th anniversary tour.
The Stones tour is now in full force on the road in the US with former guitarist Mick Taylor appearing as a special guest last Friday and Tom Waits made a surprise appearance to perform Little Red Rooster alongside Mick Jagger and co last Sunday.
The Stones encountered controversy over the price of entry to their short run of reunion shows last year, with standard tickets for their London gigs costing £406 and ranging up to £1140.
It’s been reported that some shows on the 2013 tour haven’t been the sell-out that was expected, and some promoters have dropped fees as a result.
But Richards argues there’s only so much the band can do about pricing. He tells Rolling Stone: “We say we want to put a tour together, and people come to us with proposals. And these proposals are all basically the same.
“We actually did push down the prices a little bit – we took the lower offer, in other words. But it’s the price of the market. I don’t have much to do with it other than I would like people to get in, to be able to afford to get in, without sort of starving their babies and all. And that’s about it.”
Meanwhile, Jagger admits he’s not sure why people still want to see the band – although he’s delighted they do. “However much we might like to do it for ourselves, if nobody wants to see you, we probably wouldn’t do it,” he says.
Come on, guys...you can do better than that! Lower the prices and come play Nashville! http://www.youtube.com/embed/7Gc-2pm6GoU?feature=player_embedded"
The Rolling Stones kicked off their 50 & Counting tour this past Friday night (May 3rd) at the Staples Center in L.A. . The 23-song set featured tunes from across the band's 50 year career. The highlights of the show -- which was preceded by the UCLA Bruins marching band playing "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" -- was undoubtedly the Stones' live premiere of 1980's "Emotional Rescue," and the band's first performance since 1997 of the Beggars Banquet acoustic classic, "Factory Girl."
Pollstar reported the concert was preceded by a film featuring such famous friends and fans as Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp, and Cate Blanchett talking about their love for the Stones. During the show, Mick Jagger gave a shout out to Jack Nicholson and joked about the band switching its opening night to accommodate the basketball playoffs, saying: "It was either us or the Lakers, so now you got us. It doesn't matter to Jack Nicholson."
Here's the set list:
"Get Off My Cloud"
"The Last Time"
"It's Only Rock N Roll"
"Paint It, Black"
"Wild Horses" (with Gwen Stefani)
"Respectable" (with Keith Urban)
"Doom And Gloom"
"One More Shot"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Before They Make You Run"
"Midnight Rambler" (with Mick Taylor)
"Start Me Up"
"Sympathy For The Devil"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash "
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"