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All-Access Gets a Pricey Upgrade

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A backstage pass for the entertainment venue Power Plant Live (NNNIIIIICCCCCKKK HUM/flickr)

What would you pay for a chance to get closer to your favorite artist? For $350, you can attend a pre-show sound check by teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. For $800, pop princess Christina Aguilera will pose for a picture. $1750 gets you a front-row seat for Jersey arena rockers Bon Jovi – and you can even take the seat home.

Today, we find out how big-name artists are making a mint off VIP concert packages. Later, Alan Gilbert looks back at his first season as director of the New York Philharmonic.


Alan Gilbert and Ben Sisario

Paying Extra for Concert Perks

Fans of Rick Springfield still turn out in droves to see the pop singer perform “Jessie’s Girl” live. But for the few who can shell out $1000 a ticket, there’s an added bonus: the cha...

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Alan Gilbert

A night at the opera doesn’t get much more rollicking and unpredictable than a performance of György Ligeti's apocalyptic satire Le Grand Macabre. Alan Gilbert is capping his first se...

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VIP Concert Tix

John Schaefer wonders why he isn't more upset at VIP concert packages.


Gig Alerts: Braids

Playing at: Mercury Lounge
(217 E. Houston St., East Village)
Get: Tickets ($10 at door) | Directions