According to SonicNet, the cancellation of two high-profile New Year's concerts this week after slow ticket sales has led some experts to say promoters are overcharging for end-of-millennium events. Celebration 2000 - a New York party featuring Sting, Aretha Franklin and Chuck Berry - and a concert by singer Jewel in her home state of Alaska have fallen by the wayside. And tickets are still available for some of the biggest New Year's Eve concerts, including Billy Joel in New York; the Eagles in Los Angeles; Kiss in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Barbra Streisand in Las Vegas. The prices for tickets are extremely high, and ticket sales are really disappointing. For example, prices for Celebration 2000 begin at $1,000 a ticket.
Organizers are planning a scaled-back version of the event, which also had been scheduled to feature Latin-pop singer Enrique Iglesias and rock pioneer Chuck Berry. Ticket prices for the new version will be significantly lower.
About 7,000 tickets are still available for a show with Metallica, Kid Rock, Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., according to a spokesperson for its promoter. Several $999 floor seats were available at press time for Billy Joel's New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden, as were seats in other sections. Spokespersons for the venue did not return a call for comment.
David Giles - spokesperson for Miami Beach 2000, a 12-hour beach party featuring a three-band lineup topped by Blondie - said ticket prices may not be the biggest issue involved in the successful sale of New Year's Eve events. It's that fans want more than just a concert, he said.