In my beautifully ill-informed and poorly worded Apple post I complained bitterly about the cost of tickets to see bands. I have just proved my point by forking out £81 for two tickets to see Weezer.
Weezer are a band I have loved since I was 11. The first time I heard Undone I fell in love- as someone who naturally gravitates towards cardigans and has to wear glasses, Rivers Cuomo is the perfect musician (see also- Graham Coxon). In my life many opportunities have been missed to see this great band (I actually missed them twice at Reading due to helping people who were too drunk to see) and I have wanted to see them for 17 years of my life. When I discovered they were to appear at Sonisphere I considered going to see them there despite not really wanting to sit through any of the other acts (especially Metallica, a band I can proudly say I have walked out on no less than 5 times). Then yesterday whilst trawling through the listings at Brixton there they were, in July and tickets were not on sale until this morning at 9am.
At work this morning I had the page up and was furiously F5-ing it until they came on sale. £35 each is not too much to pay for something I have wanted to do for nearly two-thirds of my life. But then they told me that Postage and Packing was £2.25. Not too bad, I love real tickets and still nerdishly collect them as a memento of things I have did. Weirdly though, when I paid the handling charges were £11. ELEVEN FUCKING QUID. For What?! What are Ticketweb doing with these tickets to make them so hard to handle? How much does an envelope cost these days?! Unless the band themselves are personally hand writing all tickets, letting the Queen urinate on them and sending them to me in John Travoltas private jet I should not have to pay eleven quid handling charge for what is essentially 2 pieces of cardboard and a small envelope!
I bought them anyway. Roll on July, when the sting of the handling charge will be a distant memory