Weekly survey: Is inflation cutting into your concert spending?

Over the weekend, I had no choice but to get some gas. By the time the numbers stopped spinning and the nozzle clicked off, I’d hit just over a hundred dollars, a new all-time fill-up record for me. I pulled away, the guy filling his SUV next to me was still pumping. He was approaching two hundred dollars.

When I got home, my wife, who had just finished grocery shopping, pointed to the meat she bought. The prices were insane. And when I tried to book an airline ticket to see my parents in Winnipeg next month, Air Canada quoted me a price of TWELVE HUNDRED DOLLARS! For a flight to Winnipeg!

Inflation is nuts and is affecting everything. This got me thinking about spending on concert tickets. That’s discretionary after-tax money–and we all know how expensive concert tickets were before this round of inflation set it.

Question: Is the rising cost of living affecting how much you spend on going out to see live music?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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