Bruce Springsteen, always billing himself as a working class singer singing working class tunes, seems to really prefer singing “Born in the U.S.A.” to the silver spooners.
“Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s “River Tour” with the E-Street Band went on sale Friday morning, with most stops on the nine-week U.S. jaunt selling out within minutes. But many fans are grumbling over the high ticket prices, as well as the resale sites snatching up the majority of seats only to sell them for many times the original cost.
The cheapest tickets for Springsteen’s January 31 show in Newark started at $272, while seats for his February 4 show in Boston began at $239. On Twitter fans have expressed anger that there was no pre-sale or options for exclusive discounts, with one person tweeting that the costs meant Springsteen “is a troubadour for the one percent now.”
This is part of a very disturbing trend in the entertainment business, including sports, as gangster capitalism reaches it’s hyper stage.
The gap between the have’s and the have nots is becoming increasingly large with no end in sight. In major league baseball, a star pitcher was just signed to a six year, $206 million dollar contract to play baseball in Arizona. That’s 37 million PER YEAR to play baseball. Another player, good but not great, is set to command over $200 million when his contract is offered. In professional basketball, two players who already receive over $20 million per year to play basketball also signed contracts with shoe companies paying them over $20 million per year to endorse their increasingly expensive shoes and apparel.
Famous former professional basketball player Michael Jordan became a billionaire last year. Current famous basketball professional player Lebron James will undoubtedly become a billionaire sooner than Jordan did. We’re on the verge of having a whole new section in the billionaire class made up of professional ahtletes and entertainers.
Next year the “salary cap” is being lifted in the National Basketball Association whereby typical NBA contracts for star players will start veering toward 50 million per year not including endorsement contracts.
Meanwhile, people making $7.25 per hour are shut out of attending music or sporting events because tickets now cost a week’s wages or more. It used to be the people in the working class would work hard and save their money for annual vacations. Now vacations are out of the questions and they try to save their money to go to a two hour game or concert. Even that’s becoming impossible.
This is all par for the course now for human societies on this planet. The “One Percent” live like royalty while the rest of us, the Serfs, are left to languish in the muck fighting over raising a minimum wage that keeps them in perpetual poverty.
Entertainers like Bruce Springsteen and sports stars like Lebron James have turned into the 21st century equivalent of Court Jesters, enterntainers for the King and his Court. The rest of us are being left outside the castle walls.
Can you hear it? They’re singing “Glory Days” in their designer jeans and designer shoes while drinking their designer drinks. Sounds like they’re having fun doesn’t it?