Well, no, actually, $33 is a perfectly normal ticket price for a well-known nationally touring band playing a medium-size venue in New York City in 2010. In fact, it may well be cheaper than average. Spoon have played other shows in NYC in 2010 at much larger venues — Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden — and those were a lot more expensive. It may be pricey in comparison to smaller bands who are basically forced to go with lower ticket prices and tour at a loss. But you know, if you’re in the position to make any kind of profit, you should make your profit because if you’re working in the arts, money is tight even if you’re a reasonably successful band like Spoon. And yeah, we’re all broke these days, but I’m pretty sure that Britt Daniel isn’t out there talking about how you should get paid less for your work because there are other folks out there doing basically the same gig for less money. If this world was more fair, there would be some kind of reasonable minimum wage rate for bands and the ticket prices would have to go up for those cheaper shows too. Please remember that everything is more expensive now! Ticket prices can’t stay the same as they were 10, 15, 20 years ago if you want anyone involved to stay in business.
shut up perpetua