The city of Hoboken stands to make quite the pool of gold coins from the July 26th Bob Dylan show on Pier A. Roughly 15,000 tickets go on-sale this Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:00am for an astounding $75.00 each, which is a 36% increase from last year’s Mumford & Sons show.
It is surprising that although the price has gone up significantly, the booking costs for this year’s show are significantly less. According to Clear Channel, Mumford & Sons cost roughly $150,000 to book while various sources report that Bob Dylan costs about 33% less, coming it at around $100,000.
Even more surprising is that similar general admission tickets for additional locations of Bob Dylan’s Americarama tour are selling for $25-36 on Ticketmaster.com, half of what Hoboken will be charging.
While we’re sure there is much to be improved from last year’s inaugural Pier A show, asking for a 33% price increase is an insult to the community that showed it’s support for a promising future of summer concerts.
Not to rag on Hoboken or Bob Dylan too much, we love Hoboken, think Bob is a legend and the show is going to be historical, but $75.00 is a lot of money to ask residents to pay for an artist who’s recent live shows have been panned…to say the least. A review says his voice is an “incomprehensible grumble” and “if you’re lucky, you’ll understand every 16th word.”
So where is all the money going?
The short answer is in the city’s pocket. We suspect that after Mumford in Hoboken realized concerts on Pier A could be a significant revenue source the town is looking to turn into a summer business. Let’s just hope they don’t stifle the cool factor.
Keep in mind, for the $1.12 million in ticket sales generated from this year’s show, Hoboken could have booked The Killers, Billy Joel, The Black Keys, Muse or any band from our list of 25 Bands We Want To See Perform At Hoboken’s Pier A In Summer 2013. No offense to Bob Dylan, and even though the show will sell out, if you took a poll of Hoboken residents the majority would say $75 is a little too much to ask.
So with that in mind, if you don’t feel like paying $75 but you still want to enjoy all the hoopla come to our official Bob Dylan Pier A preparty at Wicked Wolf.