A few weeks ago the Def Leppard/Poison/Cheap Trick tour was announced with a date scheduled at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. I’m debating whether or not to go – I would like to see Def Leppard and Cheap Trick but I saw Poison about ten years ago on their first reunion tour and that was plenty for me. I’ve never seen Def Leppard or Cheap Trick live before (although I did have really good seats to see DL on the “Hysteria” tour until they canceled due to the El Paso Incident). The thing is that you know that Cheap Trick will only have around 30 minutes to play so I have to keep that in mind.
Really though, the Sprint Center? I’m constantly surprised at the acts that fill up that place (Bon Jovi, Tina Turner) but based on the tickets currently available they may have overestimated the demand for this bill.
Anyway, I came across the three ticket packages available for Poison. Essentially here’s the breakdown:
- If you spend $270 you get a seat in the first 15 rows, about $50 worth of Poison merchandise, and a $25 voucher for more Poison stuff.
- If you spend $470 you get a seat in the first 10 rows, a “preshow Poison backstage tour”, about $75 worth of Poison merchandise, and the $25 voucher.
- If you spend $620 you get special seating at the side on the stage during Poison’s set, the seat in the first 10 rows, the backstage tour, the $75 worth of Poison merchandise, and the $25 voucher.
On top of that the last two packages also include early access to the Poison merchandise booth, although it’s been years since I’ve seen any kind of crowd at a merchandise booth – probably Paul McCartney in 2002.
I also like the wording of the backstage tour – you’re not guaranteed to meet anyone from the band so if no one shows up you can’t complain.
The first package seems like the biggest scam. Poison’s essentially being a scalper for the first 15 rows and then they throw in some other crap to call it a package.
I know that things like this have been going on for a while. Kiss had some crazy package where you paid a load of cash to get a good seat and one picture of the band – with their camera. I’m too lazy to look it up but I think that was after Ace and Peter left the band so you weren’t even getting the original members. I had a friend spend $250 to meet Tesla a few months ago, but that didn’t seem like a scam because you got to watch the sound check, they promised you would meet the band, and from what I heard they hung out for a while and spoke with everyone. They gave everyone some CDs and a DVD too so it seemed like a good experience.
First off all three of these packages seem excessive for a band like Poison. The descriptions are worded so that you might end up getting screwed over. Like I said, it seems like the band is essentially just scalping their own tickets. I just checked eBay and you can get second row on the floor for $250 apiece. Not first 15 or 10 rows, you know you’re getting second row for sure.
Obviously they can do what they want, but it just seems like they’re trying to squeeze every dollar out of their biggest fans.