Yes, Hall & Oates Tickets Are $100, But They Could Also Be $375
Pop-rock wonders and '80s radio mavens Daryl Hall and John Oates are coming to Arena Theatre on Saturday, May 25, their second time through the Houston area in the past few months.
Most people outside the Loop may think that the duo has been in mothballs since 1987, but the pair tour on the reg, and Hall has stayed busy in his own right with his syndicated television show Live From Daryl's House with Daryl Hall. Oates logs time making solo albums and the random guest spot on singles by younger acts.
The thing that sticks out the most about this upcoming Arena Theatre show is the price tag, $99.50 with a six-ticket limit per sale.
The Arena site notes ominously that "the stage will not rotate for this event." What you got against a rotating stage, H&O?
But for $375, two people can get a VIP package that affords you front-row access, a $50 food/beverage credit at the concession stands, free parking, the ability to skip all the lines, and you get a cool collector's badge.
Sadly, there is no meet-and-greet privileges, even at that price tag.
Arena Theatre rep Ernesto Garcia says that both options are selling briskly and that interest has been high for the show.
VIP packages are nothing new, and the $375 price tag is on par with most major touring acts. VIP deals without getting an autograph or a photo is not unusual either.
VIP Nation has listings of ever major VIP package going right now for Live Nation gigs. Elsewhere there are listings for Justin Bieber packages going for upwards of $4,000. Can you get high with the Canadian bad boy for that price?
Note that the H&O show is not a Live Nation event, and that this VIP deal is actually one of the cheaper ones out there. You could pay $895 to be nearer to the Eagles than most people.
But for some people the fact that H&O are charging a car payment to get free Coke, popcorn, and a seat up front seems villainous. Many people asked if the $375 gets you a moustache ride.
Or at least a picture with the duo to post on your Facebook wall.
If you wanna see H&O sooner and a bit cheaper, they are playing the last day of New Orleans' Jazz Fest on May 5.
GA tickets for Jazz Fest start out at $50, and the Black Keys play right before them, so you can hear "Rich Girl" and "Lonely Boy" within the same three-hour block.
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