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TSO ticket prices might give concertgoers a chill

September 1, 2009 - Andy Gray
The recession may be keeping salaries stagnant, but it’s not affecting prices to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

The best seats will cost about 33 percent more than they did last year when the holiday show comes to the Covelli Centre in Youngstown on Nov. 1 for the opening dates of its 2009 tour.

Last year’s top ticket was $45.50. According to Ticketmaster’s Web site, those seats will cost $59 for the shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. The cheaper seats aren’t increasing as dramatically, from $35.50 to $39. Tickets are slightly less in Cleveland and Pittsburgh ($57 and $54.75, respectively, for the best seats), but those venues hold twice as many people as the Covelli Centre.

The tour has been a sell out on its past appearances at the arena, and it will be interesting to see if the price hike has much effect on attendance. If TSO still did four shows here like it did in 2007, that price might be too high. With only two Youngstown shows, those who want to go probably shouldn’t wait to get tickets.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 14, but radio and Internet presales start on Sept. 10.


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