The Rolling Stones may face a pay cut as their US tour fails to sell out due to high ticket prices.
On Friday (May 3) it was reported that the band had failed to sell-out the allocation of their high-priced tickets ($600) for their opening night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. They also released more $85 (£55) tickets to fill out the arena.
Now, according to The Guardian, the band may have to take a pay cut and renegotiate their reputed $20million fee as there is still a lot of tickets available for other dates on the tour. “Total disaster. Too expensive and no vibe on the show…it’s a terrible way to go out,” a source told the newspaper. “What’s the band gonna do? Say we’re not going to play if you touch our gross?”
The issue appears to have only affected their US tour with tickets for their upcoming gigs at London’s Hyde Park, priced between £95 and £300, selling-out. The band are also set to headline the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Despite the problems, The Rolling Stones kicked off their US Tour in Los Angeles on Friday with a well-received set, which saw the legendary group joined on stage by No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani during ‘Wild Horses’.
Country musician Keith Urban later joined the band on guitar and vocals during ‘Respectable’, whilst former Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor played on ‘Midnight Rambler’ to huge cheers from the crowd, which included Muse drummer Dom Howard, actors Jack Nicholson, David Hasselhoff and Pierce Brosnan and Arcadia Group CEO Philip Green.