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Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:39 Host: no-dns-yet-assigned.orbital.net
I've been to about four or five Sonny Rollins gigs at the Barbican in London. The last was in 2007, when I got backstage to meet him (and my wife gave him some of her world famous chocolate brownies!). I was going to go to the 2010 gig but my son had been born in 2009 and I just couldn't warrant the time and cost. But when I heard Sonny was back at the Barbican for 2012, I thought I would actually go and also find out if my son - who'll be three years old in July - would be allowed to come also - he can recognise saxophones and sing along to Sonny's tune St Thomas (I did used to play it at my wife's stomach when he was inside!). However, to find out that within a day, most tickets had gone but even worse, that all stall seats and even further up in the Gods were £75 each, meant I have had to decide not to go. £75 buys a week's shopping almost... £75 gives me more than a tank of fuel in the car... £75 pays for half a term of pre school for my son! Who is pricing these concerts, is it the Barbican or the artist's management? It means Joe Public can't go see the guy, only lying solicitors and politicians can afford to frequent these gigs and the same applies at Ronnie Scotts. Whilst the common man is left out on a limb. I was really hoping to go this time but I definitely can't now. Oh well, I'll live with the fond memories of our meeting with Sonny from 2007.
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