Black Francis ad

Fans of Black Francis who plan to see the Pixies frontman’s solo-acoustic show in New York City next week who are older than 30 — and let’s face it, that’s a lot of us — might want to consider something they haven’t done in a couple decades: investing in a fake ID.

That’s because the venue that the erstwhile Frank Black is playing this coming Friday is charging fans who are older than 30 an additional $30 for tickets. That’s three times the price.

According to the website for NYC’s Symphony Space — as well as the ad posted above that ran in the New York Times’ Arts & Leisure section today (and was spotted by a sharp-eyed reader) — full-price tickets to the May 17 show are $45. Buyers who are members of the performing arts center can get discounted tickets for $38, an arrangement that’s not uncommon for such venues.

But for fans 30 and under — who can prove it with a valid ID — tickets are just $15.

A quick glance through the ticket links for Black Francis’ remaining tour dates, as well as some already-completed shows this month, reveals no other such age-based pricing — suggesting he’s likely unaware of this rather unique pricing structure.

As for Symphony Space, which is obviously trying to draw younger fans to next week’s concert, a look at other performances listed at the performing arts center shows discounts for seniors, children or students, but we saw no other price breaks for the 30-and-under crowd.

Is this fair pricing — especially toward fans who date back to the days the Pixies first roamed the Earth?

Feel free to weigh in below.


Black Francis tour dates:

May 11: The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC
May 12: The Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach, VA
May 13: The Birchmere, Washington, DC
May 14: Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ
May 15: Spaceland Ballroom, New Haven, CT
May 17: Symphony Space, New York, NY

All dates with opener Reid Paley






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