Fan files human rights complaint over ticket price

Rolling Stones fan files human rights complaint accusing Mick Jagger of AGEISM over the price of tickets

  • Fan claims the Stones are charging five times as much for disabled tickets
  • Michael Boyajian has filed a complaint to the New York Division of Human Rights
  • He says he would have to pay $1,075 (£810) for a ticket to the concert at the city’s MetLife Stadium in June, compared with the normal $200 (£158)

A Rolling Stones fan has filed a human rights complaint accusing the band of age discrimination over ticket prices.

Michael Boyajian, who needs a walker to get around after a fall seven years ago, says the Stones are charging five times as much for disabled tickets as they do for standard seats.

In his complaint to the New York Division of Human Rights, he says he would have to pay $1,075 (£810) for a ticket to the concert at the city’s MetLife Stadium in June, compared with the normal $200 (£158).

The retired judge, 60, said frontman Sir Mick Jagger, 75, and his bandmates Charlie Watts, 77, Keith Richards, 75, and Ronnie Wood, 71, should be taking care of their core ‘baby boomer’ fans given their combined age is 298 [File photo]


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Above, Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards, right. In his complaint to the New York Division of Human Rights, he says he would have to pay $1,075 (£810) for a ticket to the concert at the city’s MetLife Stadium in June, compared with the normal $200 (£158) [File photo]

The retired judge, 60, said frontman Sir Mick Jagger, 75, and his bandmates Charlie Watts, 77, Keith Richards, 75, and Ronnie Wood, 71, should be taking care of their core ‘baby boomer’ fans given their combined age is 298.

Mr Boyajian, who has never been to a Stones gig, added: ‘Baby boomers are their biggest fans, and we’re ageing out now. I just want them to make more accessible seating available. I have to use a walker. I have trouble getting up and down steps.’ 

He said that when he tried to buy tickets, wheelchair accessible seats were either sold out immediately or did not exist. The only disabled seats available were for those with hearing and sight impairments – and were far too expensive.

He filed his claim against gig promoter Concerts West/AEG. Neither the firm nor the Stones were available for comment last night.

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