Seeing David Byrne and St. Vincent This Fall Will Be Really Expensive. Here Are Four Smarter Ways to Spend Your Live Music Money
Everyone has their own most anticipated album of the fall, but it's safe to say there's lots interest in Love This Giant, the David Byrne/St. Vincent collaboration. When an official announcement came this summer (LP due out in September) with a downloadable single ("Who") that didn't suck, the stakes were only raised. Just this week, the duo teased its second single, "Weekend in the Dust," which is equally catchy.
Really exciting. And really expensive.
Byrne and St. Vincent put together a joint 24-city tour, planning to both play from the album and have each musician perform "a bunch of songs that we suspect people will know." The San Francisco date -- Monday, October 15, at the Orpheum Theater -- is 73 days away. Currently, tickets remain oddly available. And not just here, but in many of the cities involved. With the reigning queen of indie and the dean of the genre involved, what gives? Looking at it through the lens of San Francisco's music scene, this show just isn't that great of a buy, economically speaking.
One ticket to the Byrne/St. Vincent show in the primary seating area would run you $129 plus $19 in processing fees (and who's going to a show solo, outside of music writers?). The cheapest purchase puts you up in a third-level balcony for $82.50. One of San Francisco's greatest strengths is the frequency and affordability of music. So in a city where you can catch an act like Purity Ring at Bottom of the Hill (on Sept. 3) for less than 10 percent of the price, it doesn't add up.