Final week, Michelle Obama introduced her nationwide guide tour of “Turning into,” her first memoir. However when tickets went reside on Friday, followers freaked out on the sky-high costs, that are as costly as going to a Beyoncé live performance.
Nosebleed seats begin at $30, whereas front-row seats go for $3,000 and embrace a pre-show photograph alternative with the previous first girl, a signed guide, and different “VIP” presents. To place it in perspective, VIP tickets to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On The Run II” tour are $1,000.
“Michelle Obama is out right here promoting Beyoncé priced tickets and I used to be not ready,” one user wrote on Twitter, adopted by a crying emoji.
“That is for the upper-middle to higher class solely,” tweeted another Obama fan. “The remainder of us can’t swing $200 for one ticket.”
However Deborah Speer, editor of live performance journal Pollstar, instructed The Washington Publish that whereas most writers don’t inform out stadiums for a guide tour, Obama is an exception.
“You don’t see it every single day, however she’s not a typical creator,” she mentioned. “Michelle Obama is form of a rock star herself.”
The previous first girl’s 10 metropolis book-tour, which is promoted as “an intimate dialog,” consists of two reveals at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn. Obama plans to donate 10 % of ticket gross sales to charity.
However others are completely tremendous spending a fairly penny for Obama tickets.
“I wasn’t/am by no means mad in regards to the Michelle Obama ticket costs,” wrote one user. “I paid round that a lot to see Beyonce each occasions lol. Each girls are price it.”
The tour kicks off on the guide’s launch date, Nov. 13.