Yes, I'm a rock star--temporarily, and in my own way, but a rock star nonetheless! And in celebration of that new-found status, let me relate a story:
Back in 1982 or so, I had a ticket to see Fleetwood Mac in Sacramento. Unfortunately the concert was put on hold because Stevie Nicks caught "a cold"--which, if I read the bios well enough, is code for "rehab"--and when the concert dates were rescheduled, Sacramento's was canceled. A couple years later Christine McVie released a solo album, and I got to see her perform when she played at West Point's Eisenhower Hall. A few years ago I saw Lindsey Buckingham perform on a solo tour, and just two summers ago I went to a Stevie Nicks concert. At that point I'd seen all three of Fleetwood Mac's "lead" singers perform, but never as Fleetwood Mac.
Sunday, May 26th, at the MGM in Las Vegas, I get to see Fleetwood Mac perform (Christine doesn't tour anymore, but OK). I'm very much looking forward to it!
In order to buy tickets I had to go through Ticketmaster, and you wouldn't believe the stupid fees they get away with as a veritable monopoly! Yes, I want the tickets enough to pay the fees, but that doesn't mean that they aren't stupid fees. I mean here's the list:
"convenience" fee: $11.15 ea
order processing fee (I have to pay them to take my money?): $3.75
TicketFast delivery (ie, I get the privilege of printing my own tickets): $2.50
I get to see Fleetwood Mac! After a weekend in Las Vegas!