Nearly 60 years after The Beatles first album, Please Please Me, was released, Sir Paul McCartney, who turns 80 on June 18, is still going strong and filling packed stadiums and arenas. More than 70,000 fans were present at SoFi Stadium and it was sold out concert on Friday, May 13.
Bold questions asked to Paul McCartney
Ryan Ritchie, a writer, a musician and an adjunct college instructor at three southern California campuses sent an open letter to Paul McCartney regarding the ticket prices of the show.
He revealed that he “would surprise my parents with tickets to your Friday show at SoFi Stadium. Naturally, I would also be in attendance.”
It believed that the tickets “would have been ideal because Mother’s Day just happened and my mom’s birthday is May 21.”
He revealed McCartney’s show was supposed to be the first time he did something of importance for his parents. He divulged that he wanted to change that by surprising them with tickets to the show.
“Sadly, my dream of finally being the good son who spends more than an Andrew Jackson on his parents isn’t happening. And, sadly for us, when you look into that sea of 70,000 people Friday night at SoFi, we won’t be three of them because your prices are too expensive for my surprise gift.”
It was noted on Ticketmaster.com, that tickets for section 526 — which appears to be the absolute worst seats at the venue — are $190 each. “Or, if we want to sit in section 539, tickets are a steal at $174.”
He raised questions on the matter and noted: “Let’s, Paul, for the sake of argument, say I want my parents to, you know, actually see you, so I buy three seats in section C129. Those seats are $450. Each. And, as Ticketmaster reminds me, “+ fees.”
“I can’t surprise my parents with tickets to see Sir Paul freakin’ McCartney only for them to sit halfway to LAX. That’s like giving a child a toy without batteries. A $600 toy, mind you.”
“That $600 doesn’t include parking. I’ve yet to visit SoFi Stadium, but let’s pretend parking is $20. We both know it’s not $20, but let’s pretend. That’s $620. My parents don’t drink alcohol, so I’m definitely saving money on beers, but — and I know you don’t live here — have you any idea of current gas prices? You probably don’t because if I wrote “The Long and Winding Road” I wouldn’t know gas prices, either. Paul, gas is expensive. Like, so expensive that I’m writing to you and wasting space by talking about gas,” wrote Ritchie.
He further added that: “Call me naïve, but I don’t think any three people should have to pay $700 to attend any concert that doesn’t include Elvis walking onto the stage and confirming he faked his 1977 death. That is worth $700.”
He concluded the letter stating: “The idea of seeing you in concert is worth every cent in my bank account and for the first time in my life, I can afford $700 and not worry about how I’m going to eat for the next three months. But I shouldn’t have to. I should be able to see you at a reasonable price, especially from a mile away.”