Are 'Jane's Addiction' fans taking a back seat to big business?

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Being first in line was once a guarantee for getting the best seats in the house at a rock concert, but for "Jane's Addiction" upcoming shows, it's about what credit card you have in your wallet.

“Jane’s Addiction" has two upcoming shows at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in L.A. on October 3rd and 4th. It was back in April of 1989 when the band played this same venue with a series of concerts and those shows became legendary. You can bet the “Jane’s Addiction” fans will come out to see this encore, even though its 20 years later.

This is not the beginning or the end of their concert dates, and while their two Chicago shows for this weekend are sold out, their N.Y.C. tickets haven’t gone on sale yet. October 17th and 18th “Jane’s Addiction” will be hitting the Big Apple.

They've changed the way they are selling tickets to see the band, which doesn't seem fair to the die-hard fans. Instead of first come, first served, “Jane’s Addiction” concert tickets are offered to Citi Credit Card holders first, before anyone else, according to the L.A. Times.

The pre-sale tickets for the L.A. show go on sale Tuesday, September 20th at 10 am, giving the Citi customers first dibs on the best seats in the house. It looks like “Jane’s Addiction” has joined, “Citi’s Private Pass Program.”

The card holders have four days to choose seats before the general public can purchase tickets on Saturday, September 24th. Not only do the card holders have first crack at the tickets, but they are also offered a special VIP package, created exclusively for them. They will be granted the unique opportunity to mingle with the band and “custom launch show merchandise.” How cool to be a Citi card holder, but how uncool if you are not. This is not only unfair, but so against the grain of what the experience of a rock concert has traditionally offered.

What happened to rock concert experience of camping out overnight on the sidewalk while waiting for the tickets to go on sale the next day? Depending on the popularity of the band, fans have stayed more than one night out in the elements to save their place in line for first dibs on tickets. Now you just need to hold the right credit card?

The real die-hard fans of “Jane’s Addiction” should have the chance to go on that long line journey to snag the best seats; it is all part of having a favorite band. The band’s choice of teaming up with a big institution, such as Citi, isn’t a move that takes their fans into consideration. It seems to change the landscape of the experience of a traditional rock concert by selling out their fans over big business.

The Citi people make out well; this is the best advertising aimed at “Jane’s Addiction” original fans that are now in their 30’s and 40’s and at the right stage of life to have wallets full of plastic. They may even get some new customers out of the deal?

It is only fair to mention that "Jane's Addiction" is not the only group of musicians to makes a corporate deal such as this one, others in the entertainment business have done so as well. It has the feel of putting big business in front of die-hard fans.


Submitted by Patrick (not verified) on
This was lame. I was on the phone with an agent before 10:00 became 10:01 and both shows were sold out. It's a scam, I'm pissed.

Submitted by MM_McGee (not verified) on
I don't understand why people don't get it. That amazing experience of waiting in line to get tickets WAS part of the marketing scheme of your favorite bands. It built hype, created a sense of camaraderie and anticipation, and sold more albums. The same goes for free tickets at Grateful Dead shows. Lollapolluza was always about making money, and so was Woodstock. When we're young, we feel rebellious through rock because in America we rebel in commercialized, scripted ways. Jane's addiction in particular sold the most salable commodity of all--sex. And NOW they're sellouts? Don't get me wrong. I like the music, but let's stop pretending rock is real rebellion.

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