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Carol Perkins: Who would I pay big bucks to see?

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By Carol Perkins

How much is it worth? When I learned that George Strait was performing a limited number of engagements in Austin, I thought I might go. The logistics were not logical, but since our son lives there, I justified the inconvenience to see George one more time.

Then I checked for tickets. Stunned. That's the only way to describe my reaction to the cheap seats in the rafters and impossible for me to reach. Three hundred and forty dollars for the worst seats in the house? The best seats are going for a thousand and up.

I'm a fan, but not enough to pay that kind of money. I am positive both nights will be sold out. The most expensive ticket I've ever bought was to see Elton John and Billy Joel and that was at $300 for good seats. I didn't regret the experience, but it was a one-time deal. I have seen George many times, so I will live with my memories.

Who would I pay big bucks to see that I haven't seen? Paul McCartney is the last one on my bucket list. The rafter tickets are around two hundred dollars. Floor tickets, however, are over a thousand. I won't be seeing Paul. The days of affordable concerts must be over. Yet, arenas are filled with loyal fans. Although not an actual concert, I wanted to see the play "Hamilton" but not at $400 a ticket.

On the flip side of my whining about ticket prices, I noticed that Engelbert Humperdink will be in concert in Cincinnati in May. My friends and I followed him when we were all younger. At age 85, he is going strong. I convinced Guy to make the trip with me to see him one last time. The tickets were fifty dollars.

Going to concerts was something my good friend Judy and I did together. After she passed, I haven't been to see anyone. She would be going with me to see Engelbert instead of Guy (he wishes she were here) and we would reminisce about the days when he was this larger-than-life star and we longed to meet him.

George and Paul will probably miss me, but I'll spend my money on Engelbert unless I set up a "Go Fund Me Page."

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