Most expensive concert tickets

There are a lot of us that spend what 'normal' people would consider unreasonable sums on wine. But I also will spend a lot on concerts, especially when it is someone my wife loves.

I just spent an ungodly amount for Justin Timberlake / JayZ tickets (10th row) this summer in Chicago...all I will say is I could have purchased a couple bottles of my beloved SQN 17th Nail in My Cranium

Anyone else?
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
A co-worker was just telling me she got 7th row tickets for that concert. I think she said they were $250.

But for the fact that I don't like those singers (though JT is a terrific host on SNL), 7th row at a major concert for $250 sounds like a steal to me. Not that the prices are necessarily nearly that high, but I would gladly pay that to get prime real estate at, say, a Leonard Cohen concert. No brainer.
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
A co-worker was just telling me she got 7th row tickets for that concert. I think she said they were $250.


That $250 apiece would be face value. I'm sure patespo1 paid an "agency premium" for the tix he got his wife.

FWIW, Bruce Springsteen charges no more than $100 for the best seats in the house at his 3-hour-plus concerts, which are still the best in the business.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:

I would gladly pay that to get prime real estate at, say, a Leonard Cohen concert. No brainer.


A no brainer indeed.

I'm a small and proper venue guy, and the smaller the better, so pricing is always much higher yet always worth it to me.
Spent $330 for 3 seats, 11th row, for Michael Buble, only to have some drunk, Canadian female fans in the 12th row screaming, "Woo-hoo!" in our ears for most of the concert. Mad

Just dropped $78 for a so-so seat to see an Ann & Nancy Wilson accoustic set, a few days before they get inducted into the R&R HoF.
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Originally posted by LBJ2012FinalsMVPisclutch:
I've spent $300 on a Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds acoustic concert. Good but not great seats.

Wow, was that recently? I only saw them once, back in 1999 or 2000 while I was in college and know I didn't pay much. I've been thinking about wanting to check them out next time they go out together, but not if the prices are in that range.
paid $550 each for a couple of tickets that included a preshow nosh and a chance to tour the stage (no artist meet). Ended up selling them (at cost) and buying two other tickets for $205 each that were in a special reserved GA area next to the stage.

Ended up that the original tickets would have been a terrible deal since with a $45 GA ticket one could have showed up at the show 30min before the gates opened and been in the 2nd-3rd row in front of the stage.
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Originally posted by finz:
paid $550 each for a couple of tickets that included a preshow nosh and a chance to tour the stage (no artist meet). Ended up selling them (at cost) and buying two other tickets for $205 each that were in a special reserved GA area next to the stage.

Ended up that the original tickets would have been a terrible deal since with a $45 GA ticket one could have showed up at the show 30min before the gates opened and been in the 2nd-3rd row in front of the stage.

Who did you see?
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
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Originally posted by LBJ2012FinalsMVPisclutch:
I've spent $300 on a Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds acoustic concert. Good but not great seats.

Wow, was that recently? I only saw them once, back in 1999 or 2000 while I was in college and know I didn't pay much. I've been thinking about wanting to check them out next time they go out together, but not if the prices are in that range.


This was a special concert in Vegas and we bought the VIP tix to make sure we had good seats. I think regular tix were about $125.
I paid $250/ticket to see Simon & Garfunkel at the MGM Grand in 2003.

Before the show, I won $500 playing blackjack and then laid it all on UT (-3) at OSU, a game they won by 39 points. Woot

The Everly Brothers were introduced in the middle of the concert and played a small set of songs.

Great show.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by finz:
paid $550 each for a couple of tickets that included a preshow nosh and a chance to tour the stage (no artist meet). Ended up selling them (at cost) and buying two other tickets for $205 each that were in a special reserved GA area next to the stage.

Ended up that the original tickets would have been a terrible deal since with a $45 GA ticket one could have showed up at the show 30min before the gates opened and been in the 2nd-3rd row in front of the stage.

Who did you see?


U2.
I've become a seat snob for concerts/sporting events, and I'm not afraid to admit it. If I'm going to ditch my kids for an evening, it better be for a good seat/view, otherwise I'll stay home and watch it on tv or listen to them on the iPod.

I think we paid 500$ for an upfront seat for a Tim McGraw charity concert at a small theater in Yountville (but that also included dinner and wine at Chiarello's Bottega). I loved it. I paid 20$ last month to go see Social Distortion and all I could think about was how bad the 50 year old punkers next to me smelled, as I was squished into the bar area at a House of Blues. All it did was reinforce my thoughts that I'll take a reserved seat any time, and gladly pay extra for it.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
... and all I could think about was how bad the 50 year old punkers next to me smelled, as I was squished into the bar area at a House of Blues. All it did was reinforce my thoughts that I'll take a reserved seat any time, and gladly pay extra for it.


Not every gig has reserved seating...and what if they did and you had those people next to you...nowhere to go!
In high school, living in NYC, I used to go to almost a concert a week...the most I ever spent was $17.50 for the Stones at the Garden...and that was about $5 more than other bands...this was back in 1981.

Being 47 now, frankly being close to my idols makes no difference to me. I find going to rock concerts a weird experience...a bunch of middle aged guys dressed like 8th graders (myself included Smile). And the girls...well, lets just say they aren't quite as hot as I remember back in the day!

I paid $40 to see Pink Floyd at the RoseBowl in 1994, and otherwise I'm not sure if there is a band I'd pay more than $75 to see...unlike fine wine, rockers don't age well.
Yeah, back in the early '80s arena shows were $12-18, club shows were more like $3-5. Nowadays it's hard for me to justify more than $40 and $25, respectively. Imo, very few bands can really pull off arena shows, which is why so many depend on gimmicks. I prefer the energy of club shows, but got spoiled so don't go to many these days.
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Originally posted by yhn:
Yeah, back in the early '80s arena shows were $12-18, club shows were more like $3-5. Nowadays it's hard for me to justify more than $40 and $25, respectively. Imo, very few bands can really pull off arena shows, which is why so many depend on gimmicks. I prefer the energy of club shows, but got spoiled so don't go to many these days.


Not sure about your preferred style of music, but Foo Fighters make an arena show have the vibe of a smaller venue. UNfortunately they are on some kind of hiatus, so who knows when they will come around again.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
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Originally posted by Merengue:
Similarly, at my wife's request, we Spent $600 for two tickets to watch Madonna when she was here in DC. That was a bif ripoff, but my wife was happy.


Hard to put a price tag on a happy wife Wink

Not for my wife... Bang
I've reached a point in life (I just turned 56) where I feel like "if I'm going to go to a concert I'm going to have good seats" especially if its a popular band playing in a large arena. I'm also a huge RUSH fan and routinely purchase VIP tickets or go through brokers to be close to the stage for their shows.

I work with a guy who adores Springsteen and has seen him 50 or 60 times, and while he won't necessarily pay the big money for a single show he will shell out lots of dough and see him multiple times in a row.

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