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Mick Jagger And Keith Richards Talk About Their Reunion Shows, High Ticket Prices And More

November 9, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with Billboard, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spoke about their reunion shows, the high ticket prices and more.

Richards on when a reunion show seemed possible :”We did some rehearsals in New Jersey [in the spring]. To me that was the acid test, and when Charlie Watts clicked in, then I knew that the juggernaut would continue. We were rocking, and everyone’s going, ‘Yeah, the energy’s there.’ Music takes you over and above any of the petty little things, the bickering and all that crap.”

Jagger on the controversy over high ticket prices for reunion shows: “I don’t think there should be a secondary ticket market. I don’t think it should be legal. To my mind, there has to be a better way of doing it, but we’re living, really, with the way the system functions. We can’t, in four shows, change the whole ticketing system. You might say, “The tickets are too expensive”-well, it’s a very expensive show to put on, just to do four shows, because normally you do a hundred shows and you’d have the same expenses. [laughs] So, yes, it’s expensive. But most of the tickets go for a higher price than we’ve sold them for, so you can see the market is there. We don’t participate in the profit. If a ticket costs 250 quid [$400], let’s imagine, and goes for 1,000 quid [$1,600], I just want to point out that we don’t get that difference.”

Richards on their plans for 2013: “This juggernaut, once it gets rolling, is almost unstoppable. “Oh, an extra gig,” or, “Let’s play somewhere you’ve never played before.” So things go on. Right now, I’m just happy to have the thing rolling and moving. It’ll be great, playing London and New York. The rest of it, it’ll happen. Don’t worry about it.”

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