Now, I love Squeeze. I’ve been a fan since the ‘Packet of Three’ EP was released 44 years ago. I’ve bought all the records, seem them live dozens of times and now they’re touring the US. Hooray!
But… I looked online last night to see if tickets were available for either of the two shows that are closest to me: Riverside and the Hollywood Bowl.
Cheapest ticket for the Riverside show? $72.00! Seventy two fucking dollars!! In Riverside! Which is a couple of hours away, which means if we (me and my mate Dave) went we’d have to book a hotel at $134.00 a night. Then there’s meals and drinks. That means we’d be spending close to $300 each for a night out. To see a band. We might as well go to Las Vegas and see Squeeze at the Virgin Hotel (formerly the Hard Rock Hotel). It’s a nice hotel (I’ve stayed there before) and the rates are good… but wait a minute… the tickets are over $100.00!
I don’t begrudge Squeeze one bit but $100+ to see them is getting a bit much. I remember the days back in the late seventies when you could roll up at the venue and pay your one pound fifty at the door to see your favorite punk band.