You've all heard it. It may have come from a friend close to you or posted as a thread title. "I just can't do this anymore." These folks just can't spend another dime on a band that doesn't play exactly the way their bootlegs from 20 years ago sound. They just can't afford to do all 15 or 20 shows because the dates are too far apart, or the tour route is too complex.
When you think about it...it's usually a valid argument. The other responsibilities that have cropped up in the time between now and when you were 20 have become your life. Things like marriage and children take precedent over acquiring tickets to an entire summer's run. However, I still just can't identify with these kinds of statements. Maybe I was never savvy enough to fund my tours through vending early on, or never irresponsible enough to walk out of a job based on the heady tour schedule in the Schvice.
I never wondered if it made me less of a fan to only try for a few shows in a summer, or skip a run or two to be able to afford to hit Big Cypress. It's just something I have always been able to balance. I either can or can't do it. Of course I wish that I had the resources then that I have access to now. Sure. Who wouldn't? Maybe planning and moderation have allowed me to not become fully jaded to the experience.
I respect you for realizing that this is not where you want to be this summer, or in life. So it goes. I, however, will continue to save money when I can, and prepare and plan by taking days off of work. I will still plan and try to see runs of shows that are near us. I will go to the shows we can afford to. Maybe it will continue to be easier to buy tickets.