Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey heard from a fan that the good seats were gone before tickets went on sale - having been scooped up by those looking to stock the house with shiny happy fans for a documentary Martin Scorcese is filming about the band. Others have been saved for those attending Bill Clinton's 60th birthday party. The Beacon holds a little more than 2,000 people.
Carrie filed this report for us:
"Here comes their 19th nervous breakdown. That flap you hear is Rolling Stones fans freaking because Sunday and Tuesday Mick and his crew are playing New Yorks Beacon Theater and they cant score tickets.. Martin Scorsese is shooting a Stones concert film and is auditioning extras, hipper and younger than the Stones graying, grotty longtimes fans, who will fill many of the seats in the intimate house. The remainder are going for up to $4,000 per because, according to Stones flack Fran Curtis, the band provided a bloc of ducats to the Clinton Foundation to support its efforts. While Stones fans such as Marilou Regan, one of many who brought this to my attention, are in an uproar, this is standard operating procedure. When Jonathan Demme shot his Talking Heads concert film "Stop Making Sense" and Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," the houses were filled by what we euphemistically call a "selected audience." Meaning: insiders, friends and cinegenic extras. Scorsese, who made "The Last Waltz" -- my nominee for best concert film ever -- will almost certainly make a definitive movie of the most documented rock band ever, which is some recompense for the no satisfaction crowd."