I got an e-mail about Eddie Vedder playing a show in downtown Phoenix, so I figured I would consider going depending on which tickets were available and cost. I was shocked to find out the tickets were $100 and it is the same cost no matter where you sit in the large theater. Certainly any artist has a right to ask for any price in my opinion. The reason I find this intersting is because it's another story in the evolution of music distribution and how artists are looking to continue making money since downloading has killed their record sales. I kind of understand where he is coming from but he should evolve the idea a bit more and maybe charge half the price for a concert ticket if you purchased the album for $12. I haven't been to a Pearl Jam concert in a very long time so i'm curious as to the cost of a ticket for one of their shows compared to his solo show. What do you think about Eddie Vedder's response to record sales losses?
PEARL JAM star EDDIE VEDDER fears he'll have to increase concert ticket prices after years of fighting to keep them low - because fans keep stealing his songs.
The rocker was one of the leading voices against high ticket fees - and famously took on Ticketmaster in America - but now he feels downloading is killing music and he'll need to seek profits elsewhere.
Vedder says, "A lot of people are getting your music without having to pay, and it's only $12.
"I ordered eggs at a little restaurant in Seattle and it was $9.50. I was thinking, 'You can't spend two extra bucks for a record that you put your heart and soul into?'
"I think the problem is to charge more for tickets, which is something we've always been abhorrent to do; either that or you're gonna have to start accepting sponsorships, or start selling your music to Viagra.
"I'm not sure how we'll do it. I'm glad we gave money away when we did - when it came in from making records. We kind of spread it around and helped people in our community and abroad in different ways."