When I heard he was coming to Sacramento I rushed online to find out the price of tickets.
Let's get right to the point: James Blunt drew less than a half house at the Memorial Auditorium on Thursday night.
Well, duh. Tickets were over $80 apiece. I'd pay that much (and a lot more) to see Elton John, but not James Blunt. He doesn't have a track record that justifies that much money.
Some would chastise me for taking my son to see a performer whose #1 song has to have the phrase "f***ing high" replaced by "flying high" when it's played on the radio. Since my son hears so little foul language, I doubt he'd even notice; but if he did, I'm not convinced that that's enough reason to deprive him of what would be a fairly impressive experience for someone his age. $160, though? That's enough reason. $80 each is just an absurd amount of money for a relative newbie to charge for tickets, and the marketplace here in Sacramento spoke to that fact.