I just saw Suzy Izzard in Ottawa last weekend and we got front row seats for cheap (you know, reasonable monies). What shocked me more was most of the front row was just empty. The whole of the auditorium was fairly filled but there was 5 people in the front center row, I’ve never really seen that before.
Sometimes what happens is there is a section of tickets carved out for comps. This way the artists can give the tickets to friends, family, etc. without worrying that someone will buy them. A lot of time they don’t actually give all those tickets away, and don’t put them back out to be sold. Or even if they do put them back out to be sold at the last minute, there is no easy mechanism for people to easily exchange their current tickets to upgrade their seats.
I was at a family member’s show a few months ago. The whole thing was sold out except for several empty seats in our row for this very reason.
The new high tech live music venue is in Vegas, of course. The idea is to have an arena-capacity venue but designed around live music rather than sporting events. Seems like it’s starting out pretty successfully. Will it stick around as long as radio city music hall.
I really wish I could be at one of those Sphere shows, but it’s way too pricey for my wallet. Last I checked seats in the front row start in the 1200 range and nosebleeds start in the high 200ish range iirc. The videos I’ve seen look really awesome tho!
It’s owned by Dolan, the same douchebag who owns Radio City, Madison Square Garden, the Rangers, the Knicks, etc. He’s basically all in on it. It’s been a huge financial boondoggle. I hope it fails only because it might force him to sell the teams.