Just got an email this morning about a new “community” for fans, offering perks including priority tickets. “Oh, that’s nice, ” thought I, reflecting on the shambles of the last ticketing fiasco. However, this costs £65 to access the “community”.
It’s mainly the way it was phrased on Twitter that pissed me off. “and somewhere we can give back to everyone” no, not to everyone, to those who are okay with paying/can pay $50-$65 for this. That’s not really how giving works is it… If the “exclusive content” and the “more” makes it worth it, because it’s pretty vague at the moment, fine. But then it still creates a kind of division between the fans who can afford this and those who can’t (I thinking poor students without an income like myself) and that doesn’t feel right.
Been a member here for years, and have been a ticket and album buying fan for longer than that. Supporting the band as they rose to fame was a pleasure and I have received plenty in return for the investment.
I have paid for “fan club” memberships to support bands in the past. This is excessive. I understand why a new fan might pay $50/year for a chance to buy $100 tickets when they come through town, but this is not for me. I’ll continue buying records, and will be sad to miss out on exclusive releases, but will be quite happy to spend that money elsewhere.
Pass. This is such a disappointing scam money grab. Along with being not at all impressed by the crappy treatment of longtime fans who have been nothing but loyal and supportive and helpful, I’m sadly losing respect for them.