Toledo Talk

Elton John booked for the Arena

Tickets go on sale Saturday. Here's the link from the Blade:

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100308/ART10/3080320

Good to see the arena booking big names, but how 'bout those ticket prices! $139, $89, $39...holy crap! With the Ticketmaster extortion charge, those top end tickets will be nearly $300.

Elton may have to crank up the volume because he may be playing to a (nearly) empty floor. Or do you think the remaining people who have some money will pay $300 for a pair of tickets to see him?

He is great--but $300. Maybe if I was in Vegas...maybe...

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I meant $300 for a PAIR of tickets. Sucks going to a concert alone!

posted by oldhometown on Mar 08, 2010 at 06:17:57 pm     #  

I saw Elton John w/Billy Joel in concert a few years ago in the Bay Area. Was a great show.

I think the concert will still sell out - the arena only holds 8,100 people. (This is before the proposed "entertainment fee/tax" would be in place, correct?)

posted by mom2 on Mar 08, 2010 at 06:50:52 pm     #  

$139 to see Elton up close and personal. Sounds about right. This is huge for Toledo.

posted by muddyriverduck on Mar 08, 2010 at 06:55:36 pm     #  

I've got it marked on three calendars and I'm already trawling for presales codes.

posted by tlm0000 on Mar 08, 2010 at 07:14:26 pm     #  

Oh, I'd imagine it'd sell out - even the $39 seats you'll get closer to the stage at some of the larger venues

posted by billy on Mar 08, 2010 at 07:24:48 pm     #  

I saw Billy Joel and Elton John together in Pgh's old football stadium. Billy Joel spent the night talking about an article written in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about high ticket prices and parking.
Elton John put on a show. Elton John is definately more of an entertainer. Maybe Joel just had an "off" night. Either way, it was a good concert and I can't remember how much tickets were, but they were higher than usual.

posted by hockeyfan on Mar 08, 2010 at 07:47:26 pm     #  

I have paid to see Elton John (1982 at Pine Knob) and watched his shows for free at Joe Louis Arena (1984 and 1986) when I worked there, so I will probably skip this show. Still, good to see Toledo snag a top performer, even one a few years removed from his last Top-30 hit.

posted by historymike on Mar 08, 2010 at 08:29:02 pm     #  

kudos for snagging a big act...it will sell out...rich guys with skyboxes will scarf 'em up.

posted by justareviewer on Mar 08, 2010 at 08:42:27 pm     #  

Elton's concerts rock. Nice to have a big name pass through this area again. He puts on a good show and really put on a great performance last I saw him.

posted by OhioKimono on Mar 08, 2010 at 09:06:49 pm     #  

Not sure if I will be going, but awesome momentum for the arena. Saw my first Walleye game from the second floor this weekend and the view is amazing.

posted by Ryan on Mar 08, 2010 at 09:23:19 pm     #  

A little self indulgents here but, as marketing director for her company, my wife has a suite at the arena and Mud Hens. So, Iím dragged (yeah right) to most events there.

Having said that and delighted with my good fortune, I have to say that the arena experience is always great and a boon to our little city.

Concerts are run by a different production company than the Walleye but the concerts Iíve attended have shown me that the arena is a very nice concert venue with not a bad seat in the house.

Parking is plentiful, easy in and out, close to bars and restaurants and best of all, only fifteen minutes from home.

posted by Offshore on Mar 09, 2010 at 08:59:08 am     #  

I wonder why Ticketmaster has not listed it as an upcoming show.

posted by tlm0000 on Mar 09, 2010 at 10:14:14 am     #  

Just sent in my ticket request for the best seats $139.00 each.

Really don't know if I want to go or not, but E-Bay or Stub Hub sounds like a profitable alternative.

posted by Hoops on Mar 09, 2010 at 10:43:52 am     #  

@Hoops, who did you send your ticket request in to?

posted by tlm0000 on Mar 09, 2010 at 04:36:12 pm     #  

I have the First in Line Option with my season tickets for hockey. This enables me to get tickets to any arena event before the general public.

posted by Hoops on Mar 09, 2010 at 04:45:07 pm     #  

Well I am definitely not spending 139 on mine. I wonder where the 39 dollar tix will be. Normally that first level isnít that great, but thatís for a hockey game. A concert will have a stage that is higher up so almost seems like the 39 dollar tix may be the ones upstairs????? Either way they are all good seats. Especially since I will be going just to have the experience, not really a fan.

posted by Ryan on Mar 09, 2010 at 05:38:42 pm     #  

I would think that the best seats are not floor seats but first level on the sides nearest the stage. Club level is a little too high up.

No way in hell I would spend $139 but EJ for $40 thats worth it.

posted by Offshore on Mar 10, 2010 at 08:46:16 am     #  

If you ask me there are no "great" seats at an arena show, with the exception of the first five or seven rows on the floor.

Having said that, in a small arena like ours, most seats are "good" or "decent." I was at the recent REO Speedwagon/Styx/38 Special show a couple of weekends ago sitting at the very opposite end of the arena from the stage, on the middle level, and the seats were "decent."

But $139? Who is opening for Elton John? I haven't read of another act on the bill? In contrast, just yesterday I picked up $141 amphitheatre tickets to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Crosby, Stills and Nash -- fifth row seats in a side section but near the center aisle. (Obviously not in Toledo.) And I thought THAT was overpriced by about $20-30 a ticket.

posted by jmleong on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:22:36 am     #  

jmleong, what did you think of the REO Styx 38spec show?

posted by Offshore on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:25:58 am     #  

It was all right. Not a huge fan of any of the groups, though. My boyfriend was more interested than I was. Having said that, 38 Special and Styx surpassed my expectations, but REO's sound balance wasn't so great. It was just "loud," with no nuances in the performance.

All three groups did seem to give their performances a good effort, though. We saw Steve Winwood a couple of years ago and I have NEVER witnessed a performer so obviously phoning it in.

posted by jmleong on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:29:53 am     #  

(Note to self: Stop using the phrase, "Having said that...")

posted by jmleong on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:31:11 am     #  

Not a big fan either but agree with you on your assessment.

posted by Offshore on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:35:04 am     #  

Ah, cool. :)

posted by jmleong on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:38:57 am     #  

Offshore - I sat in the first level on the side near the stage for the Rascal Flatts concert. If I were going to another concert at the Arena, I'd definitely try to get seats in the same area.

posted by mom2 on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:39:54 am     #  

Mom, Stage right or left? What did you think of that concert?

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