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Jagger responds to Stones ticket price controversy

Tom Pakinkis
Jagger and Richards

Mick Jagger has responded to disdain caused over ticket prices for The Rolling Stones’ upcoming shows in London and New Jersey.

Controversy was sparked when it was revealed that tickets for The Stones’ O2 Arena show on November 25 and 29 would start at £90, with VIP packages priced at £950. 

The shows also highlighted the issue of secondary ticketing once again as tickets appeared on the secondary marketing for up to £11,000 within days.

"I don't think there should be a secondary ticket market. I don't think it should be legal," said Jagger to Billboard.

"To my mind, there has to be a better way of doing it, but we're living, really, with the way the system functions.

On the tickets’ official price, Jagger said the handful of scheduled gigs were particularly costly. “You might say, 'The tickets are too expensive' - well, it's a very expensive show to put on, just to do four shows, because normally you do a hundred shows and you'd have the same expenses.

"So, yes, it's expensive," he added. "But most of the tickets go for a higher price than we've sold them for, so you can see the market is there. We don't participate in the profit. If a ticket costs 250 quid. let's imagine, and goes for 1,000 quid, I just want to point out that we don't get that difference."

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Tags: Ticketing, Rolling Stones

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