article explains the reason for the expensive price of the concert tickets. A Whopping
$6.60!I guess it was
rather expensive in those days, considering minimum wage was approximately $1.00 an hour.
So it would have been a whole days work to attend this concert. Though you have to laugh
now, considering we have seen concert goers attending Paul McCartney and Rolling
Stone concerts this summer and paying any where from $50.00 to $300.00 to attend.
Written By Ed Nimmervoll
Courtesy of Linda Crafar
Saturday 19th August 1972
Cat Stevens -
Public Cry Rip-Off!
There's been some weighty
outcry to the prices being charged for the Cat Stevens' "Zimmering" concerts.
One promoter has gone to the extent of advertising a "non-rip-off" concert that
coincides with the concerts in Melbourne, referring subtly in his advertising to the Cat
Stevens price. Tickets are going for $6.60, and theres no real guarantee as to where
youre to sit.
The Paul Dainty
Organisations problem in bringing out Stevens is that he has stipulated that he will
not play at a venue where audience views are going to be obstructed. As a result,
Melbourne Festival Hall has been limited to a certain number of available seats.
An artist of Cat Stevens'
calibre does not come cheaply. There is a demand for him all around the world. And it
should be noted that there are at least two forthcoming concerts, by popular International
Artists, who are to appear in Australian venues for even more money per seat.
We approached promoter Ron
Blackmore with the numerous criticisms over the price of Cat Stevens' tickets,
particularly when there was no real guarantee as to where you were sitting. Ron pointed
out that Cat was not a normal type of act. To present him properly hed have to be
featured at a small theatre, where hed need to run for a month to satisfy the demand
to see him. Obviously thats impossible, particularly when Cat only performs four or
five months in the year. So Australia is lucky to get him for three and a half weeks of
that available time.
Our promoters are faced
with the problem of presenting him the best way possible, given Cats conditions. One
thing, already widely advertised, is that Cat does not want anyone sitting behind him or
beside him. This has limited the available seats.
To present him in the way
Cat Stevens wants to be presented, so that you imagine youre listening to his albums
Cat requires an eleven-piece orchestra and a large sound system to be flown in. On stage
Cat uses seven keyboard instruments, including concert, baby and grand pianos, with
similar sound facilities backstage (all except the PA.) so that Cat can prepare himself or
rehearse the orchestra. He is bringing 14 people with him, with three tons of equipment.
There you have it. Cat is
a world class act. Australia has to compete for him with the rest of the world with
facilities and financial reward. Its not enough that Cat wants to see Australia. In
an attempt to satisfy more people, having established that the only way they can
satisfactorily run the tour at those seat numbers and these prices the promoters persuaded
an unwilling Stevens to perform an unscheduled third concert in Melbourne and Sydney.
THAT is the story behind
the price youre paying for Cat Stevens.
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8 (11) Teaser And The Firecat Cat Stevens
Write On Page 23
In answer to "Low On
The Doe" in Go-Set on August 5. You must have heard about "Zimmering" ages
ago if you read Go-Set every week. (About two months ago thats when I heard
about it and Ive been saving like hell to get the money). Im rapt in Cat
Stevens too really bad and I'm one of a family of six kids all getting
pocket money every week. Im not "loaded" ($1.50 a week and I have to pay
for most of the things I want), yet I could scrape up the $6.60 I wanted. I go to school
too but I was prepared to spend up to $10 to see Steves show (thats what I
heard the price was at first).
If you really dig Steve as
much as you say, then Im sure you could scrape and scab up all your dough in time to
see him in his extra and third gig.
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