The Rolling Stones may be facing several empty seats when they kick off their '50 And Counting' tour in Los Angeles this evening after failing to shift the $600 (£385) tickets.
Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman will begin the North American leg of their latest tour tonight at the Staples Center in LA and while fans have been anticipating their return to the stage, some have struggled to fork out on the expensive tickets meaning there may be many empty seats at the venue.
The Rolling Stones will be kicking off their '50 and Counting' tour in LA tonight (Packshot)
One ticket vendor had more than 500 tickets available yesterday while another was forced to cut their re-sale prices by 40 percent. In a bid to boost sales, The Rolling Stones announced on their official website earlier this week that an extra set of tickets would be available to purchase for $85 with some seats located in the “Tongue Pit.”
However, concert promoters AEG Live denied that the new batch of tickets were due to poor sales, claiming the staging meant they were able to put more tickets on sale.
“Seeing (the stage) in this setting for the first time, we were able to determine that seats previously thought to have obstructed views were in fact unobstructed and could immediately be offered to fans for $85 each,” the statement read.
The Rolling Stones will be performing 17 dates on their North American tour to mark their 50th anniversary and will be performing a series of festival dates over the summer, including a headline set at Glastonbury and British Summer Time Hyde Park gig.