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Rolling Stones Live: Ticket Prices For 50th Anniversary Concert Remain High

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Mick Jagger defended the high price of tickets to upcoming Rolling Stones shows.
Mick Jagger defended the high price of tickets to upcoming Rolling Stones shows.

Attending one of the four "50 & Counting: The Rolling Stones Live" concerts is sure to be an unforgettable experience, but it is going to cost attendees a pretty penny to get there.

Tickets for the two London shows (Nov. 25 and Nov. 29) went on sale Oct. 19, while tickets for the two Newark, New Jersey shows (Dec. 13 and Dec. 15) went on sale Oct. 26. The concerts sold out in minutes. Now, tickets are being resold for as much as $34,500.

"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," Mick Jagger said in an interview with Billboard. "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."

In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary, The Rolling Stones are releasing a new album "GRRR!" -- a compilation of Stones favorites, as well as two new songs, "One More Shot" and "Doom and Gloom." They also performed two surprise shows in Paris in October in preparation for the 50th anniversary concerts.

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