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babs $5000 tickets not selling so well to the little people
The Boston Herald ^ | June 30, 2006 | By Scott Van Voorhis

Posted on 06/30/2006 9:29:41 AM PDT by edzo4

Just call her money girl - Streisand tix demand off as price skyrockets By Scott Van Voorhis Boston Herald Business Reporter

Friday, June 30, 2006 - Updated: 07:35 AM EST

The days of being the music world’s top-priced ticket may just be memories now for Barbra Streisand.

The 64-year-old crooner with a taste for trendy, lefty causes earlier this month rolled out grand plans for a 20-concert tour, her first in 10 years.

But after taking a look at her ticket prices - including $5,000 deluxe packages - even Babs’ die-hard limousine liberal fans may be having second thoughts.

And in the biggest shocker of all, Babs is even bombing in Boston, the heartland of blue state America.

While Boston was slated for two shots of Streisand, for now, anyway, we will have to settle for one on Oct. 22.

It’s the same story across the country, where Streisand had hoped for lucrative double shows in a select list of major markets.

Instead, Streisand’s grand - and possibly final - tour is down to 14 shows, with doubles only in New York and south Florida.

What’s to blame?

The culprit, industry insiders say, may be the evil that liberals like Streisand just love to blast: greed.

Streisand’s ticket prices average $300 and quickly escalate to $750. That’s even before you get to the ticket packages.

Those start at $1,000, and top out at an oh-so-economical $5,000.

For that sum fit for a princess, you get a room at a five-star hotel, transportation to and from the arena, a pre-dinner reception and a souvenir to remember the night by.

It’s prices like these that have made Streisand the most expensive act ever to hit the road.

Even Madonna, the most ruthless of the ruthless in the corporate music world, tops out with ticket prices of $350.

But Streisand and her promoters could teach Madonna a few things or two when it comes to business tactics worthy of a corporate raider.

In talks with venues, Streisand’s promoters demanded a $6 million guarantee per show, one executive noted.

But it’s not just the money that can be a headache for arena managers.

Streisand is also known for demanding things like wall-to-wall carpeting and chandeliers.

But if Streisand’s early ticket sales are any indication, some fans may be tired of being milked.

The promoters of her tour have held out the possibility that second shows will be added in cities like Boston.

However, it’s now three weeks and counting since tickets went on sale, an eternity in the hyper-paced concert business.

You only need a day or two to figure out whether you have that kind of demand, one industry executive noted.

It’s not that Streisand hasn’t tried to tug at the heart-strings - as well as the purse strings - of her legion of fans.

She pledged to funnel millions from her tour to - what else, the Streisand Foundation - to “combat dangerous climate change” and other causes.

“The public speaks and at some point these ticket prices get stupid,” noted Paul Munick, senior vice president for sports and entertainment at Mohegan Sun, which considered booking Streisand.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: americahaters; barbra; barbrastreisand; bushhaters; celebrityairheads; chatroom; hollyweird; hollywoodleftists; hollywoodliberals; limousineliberals; streisand
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poor babs if only there was a tax cut for the rich so that her liberal cronies could afford a ticket...
1 posted on 06/30/2006 9:29:43 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: edzo4

I wouldn't go to see that whench if they paid me $5,000.


2 posted on 06/30/2006 9:33:12 AM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: edzo4

I'm sure the wealthy Left are pretty demoralized after 2000, 2002, and 2004.

They threw a heck of a lot of money at the elections in each of those years, and all they got were a couple caps, some bumper stickers, a few signs... and a lousy t-shirt.


3 posted on 06/30/2006 9:34:41 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: edzo4

My last indoor concert was Jimi Hendrix in Houston.

When concert tickets went to $3.50 I knew the real 60s were over and the mainstream had taken over the music.

In the best days of the 60s Led Zeppelin might be in a bar and start playing for free.


4 posted on 06/30/2006 9:35:45 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: edzo4

Streisand and all of Hollywood is so out of touch with the way average Americans live, that they think people can afford these tickets. Maybe if they paid their fair share of taxes instead of having all their money sheltered, they might get it. They must think everyone can live like Kerry and Kennedy.


5 posted on 06/30/2006 9:36:09 AM PDT by Merry
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To: edzo4

Maybe if Babs got the Dixie Chicks to open for her................


6 posted on 06/30/2006 9:36:23 AM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been Cowboys)
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To: edzo4

Maybe she should team up with The Dixie Chicks. Between the two of them, they might be able to sell out one or two venues. Maybe.


7 posted on 06/30/2006 9:37:44 AM PDT by Hildy (Change calls the tune we dance to.)
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To: edzo4
with doubles only in New York and south Florida.

The old yenta is popular only with other old yentas these days.

8 posted on 06/30/2006 9:37:49 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: edzo4

maybe if she payed me $5000, maybe then I would sit at her concert and endure the torture.. maybe...


9 posted on 06/30/2006 9:38:12 AM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: michigander
I wouldn't go to see that whench if they paid me $5,000.

I would. ....but I'd wear ear protection and some bathroom reading material.

10 posted on 06/30/2006 9:39:06 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: michigander

What if they sweetened the pot with a juicy tomato? ;) Kidding he he he


11 posted on 06/30/2006 9:39:13 AM PDT by Libertina
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To: Mr. Mojo

and BRING some bathroom reading material, that is.


12 posted on 06/30/2006 9:39:53 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: edzo4

Every year we fork out between $300-500 a ticket to see Jimmy Buffett. We have to go through a broker because the tickets sell out in less than 30 minutes.
Then we have to book a hotel room and pay for the trip too. All in all the weekend usually costs us about $1000 to 1500.
This is how we start our vacation.

I would say it is not the price of the tickets but Babs herself that is ruining the sales. I wouldn't pay $5 to see her. ;)


13 posted on 06/30/2006 9:40:34 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Cinnamon
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14 posted on 06/30/2006 9:40:39 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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To: Cinnamon

I'd go for $5,000 and I'd take ear plugs and a good book! Then I'd donate money to a conservative candidate! HA


15 posted on 06/30/2006 9:40:57 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (What's so hard to understand about the word illegal?)
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To: edzo4

5000 dollars to listen to this screech? Dream on !

16 posted on 06/30/2006 9:41:08 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (If Christians can go nuclear in a biblical way, would the Israelis go nuclear in a talmudic way?)
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To: Hildy
Maybe she should team up with The Dixie Chicks. Between the two of them, they might be able to sell out one or two venues.

Ya think there are that many "cool people who get it"?

17 posted on 06/30/2006 9:41:16 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: edzo4

She should have the Dixie Chicks as the opening act, I bet ticket sales will go through the...floor.


18 posted on 06/30/2006 9:41:26 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: edzo4

One of her pet causes is supporting Ned Lamont (D-CT) for Senate against Joe Lieberman in the Democrat primary.


19 posted on 06/30/2006 9:41:31 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Cinnamon
maybe if she payed me $5000, maybe then I would sit at her concert and endure the torture.. maybe...

Only if I can bring my iPod along!
20 posted on 06/30/2006 9:43:07 AM PDT by indianaconservative
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To: cowboyway
Maybe if Babs got the Dixie Chicks to open for her................
Now THAT's funny!...........
21 posted on 06/30/2006 9:43:13 AM PDT by GrandEagle
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To: michigander
I wouldn't go to see that whench if they paid me $5,000.
I wouldn't let HER come see ME for $5,000.00!
22 posted on 06/30/2006 9:44:21 AM PDT by GrandEagle
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To: sheana

If only Jimmy were a conservative, my world would be in perfect rhythm. I'd even let him keep the manatees on his platform. Come on Jimmy...come on over from the dark side.


23 posted on 06/30/2006 9:44:34 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

yep, too bad he is confused, money does that to people sometimes.
We adopt a manatee for each of the kids every year at Christmas. It is cheap and the grandkids get a kick out of it. We did it for our own children as well. Kind of a long standing tradition.


24 posted on 06/30/2006 9:46:42 AM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana
$300-500 a ticket
I am getting old........
25 posted on 06/30/2006 9:48:44 AM PDT by GrandEagle
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To: edzo4
babs $5000 tickets not selling so well to the little people

That's alright. It's working as designed. I mean, if us 'little people' could afford to attend her concert, then who would do the waitstaff and busboy and concierge and valet parking and bathroom attendant and sous-chef duties, just to name a few, and for so little money?

Has Babs lost her edge? Usually her concert tickets are sucked up by her leftie cronies regardless the cost... She'll have to spew some more hate to get herself back in the limelight and drum up sales.

26 posted on 06/30/2006 9:50:05 AM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: GrandEagle

Ah but it is not just a concert......it is an adventure! lol


27 posted on 06/30/2006 9:50:16 AM PDT by sheana
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To: GrandEagle

I remeber the days of $25 tickets... and that was a LOT!


28 posted on 06/30/2006 9:50:35 AM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: cowboyway
In case you missed the report --- DIXIE CHICKS TICKET ANNOUNCEMENT BOOED AT DAUGHTRY CONCERT
29 posted on 06/30/2006 9:50:38 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: edzo4

A family of 4 could fly to Walt Disney World, stay in a WDW hotel for 7 days and have 4 7 days passes for less than that. Sorry Babs, I'd rather hang out with Winnie the Pooh than with you.


30 posted on 06/30/2006 9:50:49 AM PDT by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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To: michigander
I wouldn't go to see that whench if they paid me $5,000

I would....but not a penny less
31 posted on 06/30/2006 9:53:07 AM PDT by The Lumster (USA - where the innocent have nothing to fear!)
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To: michigander
I wouldn't go to see that whench if they paid me $5,000

I would, and I'd have my pants down with my ass facing the stage for the entire show.
32 posted on 06/30/2006 9:54:54 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Man was made in the image of God, not pond scum)
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To: chae

perhaps we need to launch a congressional investigation into ticket price gouging
we should also look at hitting babs with a windfall profit tax, hehe :)


33 posted on 06/30/2006 9:55:26 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: doug from upland

Kudos to me Carolina brothers.


34 posted on 06/30/2006 9:55:50 AM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been Cowboys)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

I know! And he is friends with PJ, too! At least he was when "Holidays in Hell" was written.


35 posted on 06/30/2006 9:56:31 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: doug from upland
Nice picture on your thread.


36 posted on 06/30/2006 9:59:25 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Centurion2000

mecha-streisand - darn - you beat me to it


37 posted on 06/30/2006 10:01:28 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: Cinnamon

Man, I think the first concert I went to, The Moody Blues, was around $17.00 at the Cow Palace. Then again, skiing, even at Heavenly was $25.00 or less.


38 posted on 06/30/2006 10:01:43 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Cinnamon
>>I remember the days of $25 tickets... and that was a LOT!

Back in 1977, my friend had a chance to go to a Led Zeppelin concert here in Indy. The ticket price was $8.50. He refused to go, because the normal price for a ticket was around the $5 figure back then. Till this day, it still sticks in his crawl. He wanted to stick it to the man by not paying that much. lol
39 posted on 06/30/2006 10:09:25 AM PDT by excalibur1701
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To: sheana
Every year we fork out between $300-500 a ticket to see Jimmy Buffett. We have to go through a broker because the tickets sell out in less than 30 minutes

Where do you usually attend the concert? Buffett is HUGE here in Cincinnati! The venue is right on the water so people go out in boats to listen for free. It is a madhouse!

I cannot wait until we can afford to go! LOL

40 posted on 06/30/2006 10:10:32 AM PDT by Dianna
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To: CAluvdubya
I'd go for $5,000 and I'd take ear plugs and a good book Ann Colter's "Godless"

Would that twist Barbra fans' panties up or what?

41 posted on 06/30/2006 10:16:26 AM PDT by daybreakcoming (If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. A. Lincoln)
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To: edzo4

5 grand for a ticket to listen to this screechin bitch. How crazy can you get? I could buy a new dirt bike to enjoy for years to come.


42 posted on 06/30/2006 10:18:58 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: edzo4

5,000 dollars is a lot of money. She should reduce them to five dollars or something reasonable. She does not even need money. Why are all these rich folks trying to screw the little guy? Although, I guess it is not working...


43 posted on 06/30/2006 10:24:43 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: sheana

$300-500 a ticket to see Jimmy Buffett'


A worthwhile amount and quite reasonable. I mean I could not do that everyday, but once in awhile it is doable. 5,000 dollars??? Not so much. I mean Babs might be a legend but not to many generations left. I don't see my family going to see her. Gen X never really got her anyway. However Jimmy is just a fun guy and would put on a fun concert with before and after parties.


44 posted on 06/30/2006 10:27:57 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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" I wouldn't go to see that whench if they paid me $5,000."
You could snooze through the concert with your Ipod earbuds on.
Then, take the $5,000 and buy a small ad in The New York Times in which you could openly question Keller's integrity.


45 posted on 06/30/2006 10:28:50 AM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Interesting. I might have a different view than most FREEPERS because I don't necessarily mind if someone is liberal as long as they keep their BIG MOUTH SHUT. I haven't heard Jimmy saying anything so to me his politics are a non issue. In fact, if you hadn't said anything, I would not have know what he thought about politics one way or another. I like it when stars don't give their views.


46 posted on 06/30/2006 10:30:51 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: edzo4

I can see the Babs' show now.


She steps out on stage to a "roar" of a single patron occupying the front row. It's George Soros sporting his mayo-stained jacket. One other in attendance: Michael Moore in the cheap seats.


47 posted on 06/30/2006 11:07:17 AM PDT by rod1
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To: rod1

katrina evacuees could buy tickets with their fema debit cards...


48 posted on 06/30/2006 11:10:50 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: edzo4
And in the biggest shocker of all, Babs is even bombing in Boston, the heartland of blue state America.

Instead, Streisand’s grand - and possibly final - tour is down to 14 shows, with doubles only in New York and south Florida.

Isn't this like the 15th "final" concert tour?

49 posted on 06/30/2006 11:14:27 AM PDT by GOPJ ('Pinch' has been named al-Qaida's Employee of the Month for the 12th straight month-Phil Brennan)
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her farewell tour is becoming an annual event


50 posted on 06/30/2006 11:17:40 AM PDT by edzo4
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