Korean indie rock band The Rose, which consists of Hajoon, Woosung, Dojoon, and Jaehyeong, have announced their 2023 tour for the U.S. and Canada, but it has been met with an unhappy response from Black Roses (fans of The Rose).
The group made their comeback this month with “Back To Me” and “Alive.” So, fans have anticipated that they might tour soon.
Last year, The Rose held their 2022 HEAL TOGETHER World Tour. While the band has been busy performing at music festivals recently, they have now announced their 2023 DUSK TO DAWN Tour, which will take place this fall, a year after the previous tour.
While fans had hoped The Rose would announce a tour, some were naturally dissatisfied with the locations listed. Black Roses were especially shocked and disappointed that Atlanta, GA, and Chicago, IL, were not included this year. The band had performed in both of those cities during their previous tour.
But that was the least of Black Rose’s worries because a few hours later, The Rose posted the FAQ page for the 2023 DAWN TO DUSK US/CANADA TOUR, and it revealed some shocking info.
The various ticket tiers and packages were listed. There are three VIP tiers, with the first including the soundcheck experience and some merchandise, tier two includes the same along with a meet & greet, and tier three even gives you behind-the-scenes access and an opportunity to hang out with The Rose!
The prices for regular tickets, such as GA, will range from $39.50 to $115 USD, while VIP tickets will range from $249.50 to $1,500 USD. Remember that this is all before fees, so the most expensive ticket could be as close to $2,000 USD.
After seeing the prices, Black Roses were shocked. The $1,500 USD price especially had many flabbergasted, as it costs more than some people’s monthly rent.
No matter the perks that come with the VVVIP, very few Black Roses feel the price is justified. So, they are expressing their feelings on social media.
$1.5k is crazy, $1k would be more understandable but also the fact that staff/mods lied to us on the server doesn't sit right with me
SF venue post the prices and yall said "those are wromg" only for them to be 100% correct
Like why lie https://t.co/2wL9FnWKfA
— 이하준의 최고의 팬 Property of The Rose (@YuwinYulose) July 25, 2023
let me say this:
if you can afford it. great! have a good time. but do NOT be disrespectful towards those with legitimate concerns regarding these prices. absolutely NOTHING justifies 1.5k for a solo photo and FIVE minutes with the rose
— dojoon thinker 💭 (@dojoonthinker) July 25, 2023
It’s not just the VVIP’s shocking price that has Black Roses upset, though. The lower VIP tiers’ prices are also shockingly high compared to the previous tour. For the same benefits, it’s like double the amount.
This was 300€.
Individual picture + fansign + 1h Q&A where EVERYONE could ask a question. Happy to see the rose grow but I miss events like the rose garden pic.twitter.com/5mBCysYGWg
— Hélo 🌟 하준 (@angelhajoon) July 24, 2023
y’all are robbing us. literally. nearly $2,000 for vvip when last year i paid like $100 & was second row? i feel so used rn omg
— gina⁷ ᵇʸ ʲᵏ I SAW 3/5 (@ginaisgolden) July 25, 2023
I am so freakin dissapointed….
Iva always been front row or at least second/third row now the only ticket I can afford is a simple VIP without any photo being in the middle of the venue for the same price as last year ??????
— BRING ME MY BF BACK (@KangDoJae) July 25, 2023
And that’s just comparing The Rose’s upcoming tour’s prices to their previous tour. Other current artists’ VIP experiences are not nearly as expensive either.
Let's be clear,no one will shame you because you'll spend 1500$ to see the rose,if u can,do it and I wish u the best experience.
BUT STOP NORMALISE overpricing its definitely not"normal"even if they become"popular"nothing justifies 1500$ especially when u compare last year price
— ᵂᵒᵒˢᵘᶰᵍᵂᶤᶠᵉ 🐺 (@WoosungWife) July 25, 2023
1 week to come up with $1500 for one VVVIP concert ticket?
I love The Rose, but that is not gonna happen
I’ve done similar VIP experiences with other artists and they were $220 for MAX and $500 for Bebe Rexha
$1500 is insanely overpriced even for what you get
— Mel Targaryen (@MelTarg) July 25, 2023
$1500 for vvip … i need to know what the rose’s management is smoking
— freya ♡ ⁷ (@babiecypher) July 24, 2023
The artist pre-sale for tickets begins on Monday, July 31, at 10 AM local time, just one week after the announcement. So, it gave fans little to no time to prepare that amount of money to spend.
It seems The Rose’s comeback single “Back To Me” is hitting a little too close to home now.
The Rose making us cry over the ticket prices alright 🥲💔 pic.twitter.com/93x7zPG0Vj
— aya☼*ೃ ᵀʰᵉ ᴿᵒˢᵉ 🌗 (@therose_gul) July 24, 2023
Still, some Black Roses have defended the pricing, pointing out that The Rose had been mistreated by their previous company, J&Star Company, including not receiving payments. They are now under their self-made company Windfall, which has partnered up with Transparent Arts, so they do not receive the same amount of support as artists from other labels. Additionally, fans have recognized venues are bigger and better this year.
The tour announcement is certainly bittersweet. Will you still try to get tickets?