Honestly, right now I feel like a traitor to myself. Within a day of each other (from tomorrow) both tickets for Coldplay and Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Brisbane shows go on sale. Coldplay tickets are between $110-$140 (!!?) and Ryan Adams & The Cardinals tickets are $75 (which is up about another $20 from the last time I saw him play, I’m sure).
So, what’s the problem, you might ask? The problem is that, given the current economic climate of my wallet, I just don’t seem to be able to justify buying tickets to both. I have to choose. And, despite the fact that I would normally sacrifice a toe to see Ryan Adams play live, the choice isn’t as easy as you would expect. So, what would you do in my situation?
Ryan Adams Pros:
- It’s Ryan Adams, for Pete’s sake. I mean, I write enough about the dude, don’t I?
- Fix It. ‘Nuff Said.
- It’s at The Tivoli, one of my favourite venues.
Ryan Adams Cons:
- I’ve seen The Cardinals perform before at the Tiv. Only once, but that’s a significant factor in the choices here.
- Dammit. Can’t seem to come up with any more cons, apart from the fact that it’s $75, which really stings.
- It’s Coldplay. An iconic band of our generation. Sure, perhaps a bit mainstream for what you would think I’m into, but it’s Coldplay.
- Um. See above. Oh, and Strawberry Swing is a pretty damn cool tune.
- Oh yeah. One more… I haven’t seen them live before.
- The frikkin’ price. $110-$140? That is, point blank insane. I think the last time I paid that much was for the Bob Dylan concert, and he had The Frames opening… so Coldplay best have some awesomeness opening for them.
- I’m not so much a fan of the “Viva La Vida” album… it wasn’t bad, just not my favourite. But the majority of tracks on this tour will obviously be from that album.
At this stage, I think that Coldplay has it. But honestly, I want to hear your thoughts… what would YOU do? Let me know below.