Find out: List prices for the UK’s biggest bands showing it cost just £500 to book a Fleetwood Mac in 1969…and half that for Pink Floyd!
- Uncovered price list shows that the cost to rent a Fleetwood Mac was £500 per night in 1969
- This fee is just £8,640 in today’s money – and it came from the booking agent
- It also shows that rock band Pink Floyd could have been hired for just £250 per show.
They are the super group that has sold over 120 million records with pop rock classics like Go Your Own Way and Dreams.
But before you gained fame and fortune with Fleetwood Mac, you could have hired them to bid for just £500 a night.
The transaction fee – £8,640 in today’s money – has been revealed in the booking agent’s newly disclosed price list since 1969.
She could have hired a Fleetwood Mac to do the work for just £500 a night. Transaction fee – £8,640 in today’s money – has been revealed in a newly disclosed booking agent price list since 1969
Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood at Fleetwood Mac in 2018
It shows rock band Pink Floyd, who has sold more than 250 million records, can be bought for just £250 per show – the equivalent of £4,320 today – while late singer Joe Cocker will appear for £350, or just over £6000. sterling.
It’s a far cry from the multi-million pound deals that giant groups can now control. In September, it was reported that American businessman Robert Kraft paid The Rolling Stones £8 million to play at a private dinner held in Boston.
Music industry insiders claim that Fleetwood Mac, whose members include singer Stevie Nicks and drummer Mick Fleetwood, would today cost upwards of £250,000 per concert and could even run into the millions as they are not currently touring.
Even Rumors of Fleetwood Mac, one of hundreds of honors bands who make their living playing cover versions of the group’s most popular songs, charge at least £7,000 per performance.
The price list was revealed in a 1969 letter sent by music promoter Commercial Entertainment to Queens College, University of Oxford, and posted on Twitter last week.
It was addressed to Mr. G.R. Parkes – then thought to be Queens’ entertainment chief – who wanted to know what works he could perform at the college’s memorial party on June 24 of that year.
Pictured: Fleetwood Mac stood together in 1969
Among the 38 available performances were Essex band The Tremeloes for £375 (£6,480 today), Scottish rock band Marmalade for £350 (£6,050) and soul stars Jimmy James and the Vagabonds for £200. GBP – £3,450 in today’s money.
Signing the one-page letter, the booking agent for Soho-based Commercial Entertainments wrote, “I trust you’ll find some groups of interest on our list.”
The college later decided to pick rocker Pink Floyd, who impressed the students with a list of 17 songs, which began with Grantchester Meadows and ended with Celestial Voices and Set The Controls for The Heart Of The Sun.