Wealthy Americans can afford to drop $150 for nosebleed seats to a Stones show, and somehow (although it kind of makes me barf) I understand that promoters only charge what the people will pay. The fact that Stones tours sell out every time, means that, while completely ridiculous, the tickets are being offered at a "fair" price. That said, the band is heading to Serbia next summer to play Belgrade as part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour. Ticket prices for the event have been lowered to approximately $50 (US) - quite a bargain right? Well, considering that the average income in the struggling nation is a mere $154 a month, The Stones are apparently expecting the Serbian people to go without food, clothes, and shelter for a few months in order to get a glimpse at their 800-year-old rock star asses.
According to NME, in an effort to make things right, The Stones are offering fans in Serbia a chance to pay for the tickes over a six month period. Can you fucking believe that? The billion-dollar band is charging fans in a nation that, two years ago, was under the control of a ruthless dictator and war criminal, a third of their monthly income in order to see a rock & roll show? And to make it worse, they are going to "let" them finance the tickets? WWBS (what would Bono say)?
Hopefully, The Stones will reconsider in the coming months and play the show for free as a gesture of good will to a group of people who could really use it. Until then, I officially hate The Rolling Stones.