Appalled Bon Jovi fans complain about Richie Sambora tour package pricing

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Fans on Twitter and Facebook have expressed their shock and dismay at paying the same amount to see Richie Sambora solo as they would to see the entire band.

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I guess the wiz, faux reporter, did not get a press pass for richie's tour either.
I also have copied his article here so he won't make money off clicks. HAND wiz.
There used to be a time in rock n’ roll idol worship when the way a fan showed undying love and support for a band was to be the first to own the new record, or to wait in lines for hours to be one of the first to get their hands on the best tickets for concerts when they went on sale.
If you were really hardcore you pooled money with friends to buy better seats from scalpers or spent the rest of your allowance on t-shirts and posters before or after the show.
Worn out vinyl records and mangled cassette tapes were other indicators of fan worship run amok; yet today bands have taken an opportunity to see their live shows to the level of carnival, offering special access tour packages to a limited number of fans for literally thousands of dollars per show.
Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, of the band that bears his name says proudly in the rockumentary “When We Were Beautiful” that he isn’t merely the CEO of the band Bon Jovi, he’s also the Man In Charge Of The Brand.
In other words, the music is created for the fans and then packaged with anything from t-shirts to baby bibs, limited edition wine and autographed gold records, and of course, the proverbial fan club membership packages that cost hundreds of dollars so you can feel special about joining an exclusive club.
After you’ve spent your cold hard cash to join JBJ Backstage, one of the perks you get is the opportunity to have first grab at pre-sale concert tickets, usually made available a day earlier than the day they go on sale to the normal everyday rock n’ roll peasants.
But the Mother Lode of fan experiences is the opportunity to spend untold thousands of dollars of your cold hard cash to spend 3-days and 2-nights in and around a town in which you’ll be able to attend a special show by Jon Bon Jovi, or Richie Sambora.
That is if you can pry your attention away from counting your fingers to see if you have any left after you’ve forked over part of the second mortgage on your house or a sliver of your kids’ college fun for the moment of satisfaction you will get to be able to say you were there.
To be fair, Bon Jovi is not the only band to be doing this. But this week, fans on Facebook and Twitter got their ‘Slippery When Wet’ panties in a wad when a special Richie Sambora solo tour packages were announced and the investment to attend in either New York City or London is nothing short of a King’s Ransom, but more on that in a minute.
Fan excitement has been building since Sambora completed his new solo record,“Aftermath of the Lowdown” and announced a short solo tour to support the disc would begin in October.
This coupled with the follow-up news that Bon Jovi has a new record in the works that will be released in early 2013 and plans to tour---tickets go on sale in December, conveniently timed for you to blow all your Christmas budget---was priming the pump of fans in JoviNation the world over, delirious with the prospect that our boys would soon be “hitting the road one more time”.
So the details of the Richie Sambora solo show packages are as follows according to Runaway Tours via the bonjovi.com web site:
“You are invited to a very special trip to New York City or London to see Richie Sambora on the Every Road Tour!
LONDON, OCTOBER 15-17, 2012
2-nights hotel accommodations at the Cumberland Hotel
Welcome cocktail party on October 15.
Invitation to the VIP Pre-Show Sound Check on October 16.
One ticket to concert on October 16.
NEW YORK CITY, OCTOBER 22-24, 2012
2-nights hotel accommodation at the NY Hilton Times Square
Welcome cocktail party on October 22.
Invitation to the VIP Pre-Show Sound Check on October 23.
One ticket to the concert on October 23.
BOTH TRIPS INCLUDE:
VIP Check-in suite at hotel.
Meet-and-Greet and Photo-Op with Richie

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Sep 6, 2012
 
Here is the article no need to click.
There used to be a time in rock n’ roll idol worship when the way a fan showed undying love and support for a band was to be the first to own the new record, or to wait in lines for hours to be one of the first to get their hands on the best tickets for concerts when they went on sale.
If you were really hardcore you pooled money with friends to buy better seats from scalpers or spent the rest of your allowance on t-shirts and posters before or after the show.
Worn out vinyl records and mangled cassette tapes were other indicators of fan worship run amok; yet today bands have taken an opportunity to see their live shows to the level of carnival, offering special access tour packages to a limited number of fans for literally thousands of dollars per show.
Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, of the band that bears his name says proudly in the rockumentary “When We Were Beautiful” that he isn’t merely the CEO of the band Bon Jovi, he’s also the Man In Charge Of The Brand. In other words, the music is created for the fans and then packaged with anything from t-shirts to baby bibs, limited edition wine and autographed gold records, and of course, the proverbial fan club membership packages that cost hundreds of dollars so you can feel special about joining an exclusive club.
After you’ve spent your cold hard cash to join JBJ Backstage, one of the perks you get is the opportunity to have first grab at pre-sale concert tickets, usually made available a day earlier than the day they go on sale to the normal everyday rock n’ roll peasants.
But the Mother Lode of fan experiences is the opportunity to spend untold thousands of dollars of your cold hard cash to spend 3-days and 2-nights in and around a town in which you’ll be able to attend a special show by Jon Bon Jovi, or Richie Sambora.
That is if you can pry your attention away from counting your fingers to see if you have any left after you’ve forked over part of the second mortgage on your house or a sliver of your kids’ college fun for the moment of satisfaction you will get to be able to say you were there.
To be fair, Bon Jovi is not the only band to be doing this. But this week, fans on Facebook and Twitter got their ‘Slippery When Wet’ panties in a wad when a special Richie Sambora solo tour packages were announced and the investment to attend in either New York City or London is nothing short of a King’s Ransom, but more on that in a minute.
Fan excitement has been building since Sambora completed his new solo record,“Aftermath of the Lowdown” and announced a short solo tour to support the disc would begin in October.
This coupled with the follow-up news that Bon Jovi has a new record in the works that will be released in early 2013 and plans to tour---tickets go on sale in December, conveniently timed for you to blow all your Christmas budget---was priming the pump of fans in JoviNation the world over, delirious with the prospect that our boys would soon be “hitting the road one more time”.
So the details of the Richie Sambora solo show packages are as follows according to Runaway Tours via the bonjovi.com web site:
“You are invited to a very special trip to New York City or London to see Richie Sambora on the Every Road Tour!
LONDON, OCTOBER 15-17, 2012
2-nights hotel accommodations at the Cumberland Hotel
Welcome cocktail party on October 15.
Invitation to the VIP Pre-Show Sound Check on October 16.
One ticket to concert on October 16.

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Thx BonJersey. Hate the fact that he gets $$$..even if it is pennies...everytime someone reads one of his articles.

It seems to me there is an important word missing from the title...SOME Bon Jovi fans would be far more accurate. I have the impression that he is not aware that this trip has zero to do with BSWJBJ. You do not have to be a member of the fan club to go on the trip.

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Sep 6, 2012
 
Thing is, there is always complaining about the high prices for these events, yet they usually sell out. Just a never ending circle. It's hard enough spending that kind of money for "real life" events! That's why I just wait and read the posts by people who go to these things :-D
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Sorry, but why should Richie-Fans pay less for the trips than JBJ-Fans? I would be sooooooooo totally pissed off if I as a Jon-Fan pay much more for the trips than the Richie-Fans. AND I zhink the Trips are worth its money!
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The writer needs to get a "real job" and stop fanning the flames because of his own discontent.
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Basically he is right. The trips are over priced and it's not about the music anymore and the fans, it's a business where JBJ is the CEO and plays Brand Manager of his Corporation - from records to fanclub to Runaway Tours to pasta sauce. I would have expected Richie to have more sense of the "old-fashioned" music biz but I understand he enjoys a piece of the cake as well.

There were times when you stood front row because you did something for it. There were times where you were able to get your picture with a band member because you tried hard and you were lucky - not because you were rich enough to pay for it. And there were time you could buy tickets for a local, intimate club concert in regular ticket sales, stand front row and even meet the band after the soundcheck the day before because you put energy in it. You were even able to afford that even if you still studied. And you saved your babysitting money to buy the ticket and slept in an awful youth hostel next to the venue. That was 10 years ago. I remember those days and I am sad those days are long gone. I am sad it's only about the money these days and that the so-called VIP ticket holders in the Diamond Circle have nothing better to do than throwing their "comes with the package" tour programme on the floor and sitting on it so that their butt won't get too cold. I have seen it all in the praised Diamond Circle and I was deeply hurt.
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I heard again and again the prices of the FC-Trips are JBJ`s fault. Can anybody explain to me WHY it should be JBJ`s fault. I can really not understand that.

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Waage, because Jon is the devil and all things evil and Richie is just perfect and wonderful.

Kaya - the pasta sauce is not Jon's. I long for the days when gas prices were below $1 per gallon, could pay $25 for a show and when people had their priorties right and didn't think the world was out to get them. Richie is a business man and needs to make money too. Tickets for the show were approx $50 sorry the tickets are affordable by todays ticket pricing standards.
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Kaya wrote:
Basically he is right. The trips are over priced and it's not about the music anymore and the fans, it's a business where JBJ is the CEO and plays Brand Manager of his Corporation - from records to fanclub to Runaway Tours to pasta sauce. I would have expected Richie to have more sense of the "old-fashioned" music biz but I understand he enjoys a piece of the cake as well.
There were times when you stood front row because you did something for it. There were times where you were able to get your picture with a band member because you tried hard and you were lucky - not because you were rich enough to pay for it. And there were time you could buy tickets for a local, intimate club concert in regular ticket sales, stand front row and even meet the band after the soundcheck the day before because you put energy in it. You were even able to afford that even if you still studied. And you saved your babysitting money to buy the ticket and slept in an awful youth hostel next to the venue. That was 10 years ago. I remember those days and I am sad those days are long gone. I am sad it's only about the money these days and that the so-called VIP ticket holders in the Diamond Circle have nothing better to do than throwing their "comes with the package" tour programme on the floor and sitting on it so that their butt won't get too cold. I have seen it all in the praised Diamond Circle and I was deeply hurt.
So Jon is a big bad CEO of his brand, but you "understand" if Richie wants a piece of the cake? Hypocrite much?

It's one thing to complain about prices ( I personally think SOME of the trips are definitely worth the money, some maybe not, but actual concert ticket prices are truly what have become ridiculous), but don't say that its ok for your favorite band member, and not ok for another.
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Sep 7, 2012
 
The prices being charged for these packages is not any more than any band of BJs calibar. No one is forced to purchase these packages. The ticket prices for Richie's shows are very reasonable. They are in the same price line with tickets to see Slash shows in the US.
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I think what all bands these days do to their fans is questionable. But it is a business and their are fans that can afford to pay. Simple accounting-supply and demand.

If you break down the package which includes accommodation and some events you can start to understand the price. I have been to London and NYC and can I say, to stay in a 2 or 3 star hotel is very expensive let alone a 4 or 5 star.

I'm not saying it's right but obviously there is a market for it. Personally I think, bands should be giving fans different opportunities than what is being given.

For fans who can't afford to take those packages which is most fans. Go to the show on the affordable tickets and have a blast because at the end of the day it's the music that we are all there for in the first place.
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I have to say I agree with the other comments about the package prices, its nothing that so many other bands that are equally as popular don't do. One of my relatives recently went to see Alice Cooper & paid $40. to meet him & another $40. for an autograph.
When I go to a show I only buy the tickets & a T-shirt as I can't afford those kind of prices either.
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BJ Fan wrote:
I have to say I agree with the other comments about the package prices, its nothing that so many other bands that are equally as popular don't do. One of my relatives recently went to see Alice Cooper & paid $40. to meet him & another $40. for an autograph.
When I go to a show I only buy the tickets & a T-shirt as I can't afford those kind of prices either.
I completely agree. Bon Jovi don't charge any more than most others. I have recently paid more for Jennifer Lopez than I did Bon Jovi.
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I don't mind the fanclub trip prices, because you are getting a hotel room and meals for that price, which is actually not too bad. But the circle and the whole diamond circle, I don't agree with. Why can't every fan club member get the same ticket prices on a first come first served basis like in the old days. I realize that front row is going to be more expensive, but I can't afford to sit in the circle or pit. I just with there were either more GA shows, or just eliminate the circle, and price accordingly.
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Kaya - the pasta sauce is not Jon's. I long for the days when gas prices were below $1 per gallon, could pay $25 for a show and when people had their priorties right and didn't think the world was out to get them. Richie is a business man and needs to make money too. Tickets for the show were approx $50 sorry the tickets are affordable by todays ticket pricing standards.
But obviously Jon's alright with pasta sauce being sold at Fanclub Trips and using his popularity to sell it. The target audience for that product must be fans. Who else will order over priced pasta sauce which probably tastes like Bertoli's or whatever pasta sauce from the supermarket? I have not tried it and maybe I am missing the big thing. It's only my personal opinion no one has to share!

Besides I am not talking about the regular tickets, Richie's regular tickets were priced alright. I am also not talking about tickets in general being more expensive than 10 years ago. I am talking about the VIP packages from the last tour and the trip packages. These days you can only be up front and meet the band and have your picture taken when you pay for it and I think that is a sad development. But that is just my opinion as well...
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So Jon is a big bad CEO of his brand, but you "understand" if Richie wants a piece of the cake? Hypocrite much?
It's one thing to complain about prices ( I personally think SOME of the trips are definitely worth the money, some maybe not, but actual concert ticket prices are truly what have become ridiculous), but don't say that its ok for your favorite band member, and not ok for another.
Jon is a brilliant CEO - he could make a case study. Maybe I am just too idealistic and still think music should not merely be a business and about the money. Just like art. And btw my fave is Jon...always has been, always will be. But that doesn't mean I have to like everything that he does. Only my opinion...

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The sauce is not even close to Bertolli, jar sauce. Interesting how you judge how something tastes without tasting it. Things that make you go Hmmmm. It was not sold at FC trips, you could pick it up at the vegas trip because people requested it. The Sauce is being sold in grocery stores in NJ, and being picked up by more stores. So everyone is the target market.

You don't need to buy vip packages or fc trips. you could buy pit tickets as ticket only through the fc and you could also buy foundation tickets through the fc site with a donation amount and face value. When comparing ticket prices/packages to other bands of Bon Jovi's league they are comprable. I think it is really good that the FC offers tickets in all price ranges. Supply and demand drives the price, with everyone wanting to sit up front that is what drives the price.
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It is unfortunate that bands can no longer make a living selling their albums. Years ago, that was possible, but in the age of internet downloads, albums no longer sell millions of copies. Touring is now the only way to make a living for the bands now. It is expensive. It is costly to put on the type of show that bands like Bon Jovi put on. If the shows are not good, or the artists are not good, no one would attend. It's not ideal. It just is what it is.
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Kaya wrote:
Basically he is right. The trips are over priced and it's not about the music anymore and the fans, it's a business where JBJ is the CEO and plays Brand Manager of his Corporation - from records to fanclub to Runaway Tours to pasta sauce. I would have expected Richie to have more sense of the "old-fashioned" music biz but I understand he enjoys a piece of the cake as well.
There were times when you stood front row because you did something for it. There were times where you were able to get your picture with a band member because you tried hard and you were lucky - not because you were rich enough to pay for it. And there were time you could buy tickets for a local, intimate club concert in regular ticket sales, stand front row and even meet the band after the soundcheck the day before because you put energy in it. You were even able to afford that even if you still studied. And you saved your babysitting money to buy the ticket and slept in an awful youth hostel next to the venue. That was 10 years ago. I remember those days and I am sad those days are long gone. I am sad it's only about the money these days and that the so-called VIP ticket holders in the Diamond Circle have nothing better to do than throwing their "comes with the package" tour programme on the floor and sitting on it so that their butt won't get too cold. I have seen it all in the praised Diamond Circle and I was deeply hurt.
Well said, thank you.

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