The Cure's legendary frontman Robert Smith has hit out a musicians who charge large sums of money for concert tickets.

The BOYS DON'T CRY singer is proud his band's American CURIOSA live extravaganza kept admission prices to a minimum earlier this year (04), and he can't understand why other performers look to profit so much from their fans.

He says, "Curiosa was the best live touring experience of my life so far. It exceeded all my expectations. It was particularly satisfying that we managed to do Curiosa without sponsorship and keep ticket prices low and still make a little money.

"The Sting and Annie Lennox package, for example, was more than $100 (GBP55) a ticket.

"Prices like that are crippling promoters and artists further down the ladder, because when fans spend that much on one ticket, they can't afford to go see so many other shows."

19/11/2004 17:57