We love Prince, but only enough to sell out one night in Denver - Reverb

We love Prince, but only enough to sell out one night in Denver

From the potent genius of “Purple Rain” (the film, the album, the song) to the unmistakable breed of funk that permeates his whole catalogue, it’s easy to understand why Prince remains such a remarkable force in 2013.

Unlike many of his peers from the ’70s and ’80s, Prince hasn’t forced himself upon modern listeners via incessant reminders of his significance. Sometimes he disappears from the spotlight. Sometimes he doesn’t tour a new record. Sometimes he doesn’t allow his decades-old hits to be used for each and every commercial opportunity presented to him.

Thank goodness.

When Prince chills out, he’s daring you to forget about him. And as he’s shown time and time again, he then comes back with something that reminds us just how special his music truly is.

Prince’s latest move confounded and excited many: an intimate club tour, rocking two shows per night. In Denver that equates to Sunday and Monday shows at 8 and 11:30 p.m. at the 1,700-capacity Ogden Theatre. The four shows present an unprecedented opportunity to see the legend in an intimate, local, storied venue — yes, it’s special. But it comes at a price: $250 per ticket, or $277 after fees.

Per ticket.

Is it worth it? If you’re a fan, we think so. But it looks as if his fans disagree; Only one of the four shows (11:30 p.m. Sunday) was sold out at press time.

Does Prince still have fans? Of course. But is $277 too much for a ticket to a rock show, even a very special one? The people have spoken.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686581254 Eric J. Schultz

    He is great and I would love to go, but we all don’t have $300 (fees, drinks, dinner, etc.) to lay down. Sorry man.

  • Ted DuBiosee

    On the list of musicians I’d love to see. But to take my wife, hire a kid sitter, get there, get a couple of beers, and get home – its coming to about a grand. Sorry Prince, maybe next time.

  • denverdrew

    Simple supply and demand. Lower ticket prices, and the house will sell out.

  • ckn1010

    Yeah, shit! Nearly $300 for tickets and it’s on Sunday/Monday?! I’ve got work.

  • http://twitter.com/RickAfterDark Rick After Dark

    I live less than two blocks from the Ogden, and I would love to see Prince in a small venue, but yeah… I can’t justify $277 for the experience right now.

  • Prince Fan

    Love Prince but not for $250. He played 30 days in LA. Tixs were $50. I would pay $50 for Prince. $250 is way out of line.

  • dchris24

    Sorry, man. I love Prince, saw him at the Pepsi Center in 03, but as others have said, I have much more pressing uses for $277 (well over $300 after drinks, etc). Ticket prices like these show you just how out of touch many artists are with the general public.

  • Paradisimo

    11:30 PM on a Sunday?!?! Seriously Prince? Don’t you realize that your main fan base is having grand-kids right about now?

  • http://twitter.com/mymondo mymondo

    To see a living legend live in this small venue is worth much much more! Hell yes! Just read any of the recent reviews from San Fran, Vegas or LA!

  • yesimafam

    I’m flying in from Texas just for the chance to see Prince live and up close, I’ll be there! Prince is going to rock the house tonight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708586411 Michelle Jb

    I paid $500 in Australia and he SUCKED. He didn’t play guitar, he allowed his backgrounds to sing many tracks and he mainly did Purple Rain, Parade and that friggin’ song from Happy Feet. Now he’s singing like he did and doing ‘Bambi’ with an all-girl band and I feel CRAZY cheated all over again because THAT’S the Prince I needed to see last year…