QUEEN Guitarist Defends $200 Ticket Prices: 'I Guarantee It Will Be Worth It'

Billboard.com is reporting that QUEEN guitarist Brian May took to his official web site earlier in the week to address some fan concerns about the price of tickets for the upcoming QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS shows, which top out at around $200.

"Well, I sympathize, guys, but I know our tickets are nowhere near as expensive as the STONES, or ELTON, or whatever (they COULD be!)," he wrote. "People are under no obligation to buy these things! We've made a decision to work indoors rather than outdoors, so that the fans get a better show. Most bands elect to go out and do the 'sheds' in the summer to make money. This is about doing the maximum show that is possible, in arenas, which are conducive to a show of the magnitude of ours. Of course the capacities are less this way, so ticket prices will be higher. But, sound-wise, view-wise and show-wise, I'll personally guarantee it will be worth it!"

The QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS six-week North American arena tour kicks off March 3 in Miami and runs through April 13 in Vancouver. The group tested the waters on this side of the Atlantic with single fall gigs in East Rutherford, N.J., and Los Angeles, after completing a successful tour internationally. A complete list of tour dates cane be found at this location.

In October, the group, which features Paul Rodgers filling in for the late Freddie Mercury, issued the live collection "Return of the Champions". The double-disc set debuted at No. 13 in the United Kingdom and No. 84 on The Billboard 200.

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