Mick Jagger speaks out about Rolling Stones ticket prices

From NME:

Mick Jagger has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the ticket prices for The Rolling Stones’ upcoming shows in London and New Jersey.

Yesterday (November 9), the band’s guitarist Ronnie Wood defended the high prices and now, in an interview with Billboard, Jagger has also insisted that they are so costly because the band’s gigs are “expensive to put on”.

“I don’t think there should be a secondary ticket market. I don’t think it should be legal,” he said. “To my mind, there has to be a better way of doing it, but we’re living, really, with the way the system functions. We can’t, in four shows, change the whole ticketing system. You might say, ‘The tickets are too expensive’ – well, it’s a very expensive show to put on, just to do four shows, because normally you do a hundred shows and you’d have the same expenses.

“So, yes, it’s expensive,” he added. “But most of the tickets go for a higher price than we’ve sold them for, so you can see the market is there. We don’t participate in the profit. If a ticket costs 250 quid. let’s imagine, and goes for 1,000 quid, I just want to point out that we don’t get that difference.”

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