If you’ve ever wanted to pay $35,000 for a glorified visit to a geriatric ward, now is your chance. That’s right, The Rolling Stones have unveiled their “No Filter” tour experience. The experience promises “a face-to-face meeting with The Stones themselves”, “a pair of premium seats” and not much else.

Let’s check out what the most expensive meet and greet in history get you:

  • Two premium reserve tickets to The Rolling Stones’ 2018 “No Filter” Tour
  • Priority check-in and entrance
  • Pre-show hospitality reception
  • Meet & Greet with the band
  • Personal photo with the band
  • Swag bag with merchandise
It sounds more like a priority flight package than a meet and greet with some of the most iconic rock stars of all time.
However, it’s not as ludicrous as I’ve made it out to be. There is a good cause behind the exorbitant price tag. The ticketing site claims that the money raised from this experience will directly benefit Community Links. Community Links is an East London organisation that aims to tackle deprivation and inequality through providing practical support and opportunities to people that need it.
The website hasn’t specified exactly how much of the money will go to Community Links. But the FAQ page has stated that Luminary’s (in this case, that’s The Stones) will receive 80% of the total sales price, with their charity of choice receiving 5%, and IfOnly’s (the platform hosting the experience) receiving 15%. For more information head to this website.

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Earlier this week The 1975 frontman Matty Healy criticised musicians that charge their fans for meet and greet experiences. “Who came up with payed [sic] meet and greets?” Healy shared on Twitter. “Did they think ‘Surely there must be something else we can monetise……..OH! Human connection!! They’ll eat that up!’” Read more about it now.