by Matt Branham - Source - Mandatory.com:
While big festival bands like Foo Fighters and singers like Iggy Azalea rock the summer circuit, there’s a tide of summer singles and expensive music tours going on right now. You may see them at your local music festival, but if you catch tickets to these acts solo, expect a high ticket price or plenty of sexual favors. Most of these tours have such high production costs that the tickets were expensive when they went on sale, just before they sold out and skyrocketed on secondary sites like StubHub and TicketsNow. Here are some of the rounded averages of these entire tours. The Rolling Stones have only a few shows left, some of which are averaging more than 400 bucks a pop, so don’t be surprised if they end up taking the lead when all is said and done.
5 Seconds of Summer
Average Ticket Price: $179
In support of their debut, self-titled 2014 record, 5 Seconds of Summer is on the road with the likes of One Direction for the third year in a row. Amongst the tour dates, the band will hit up Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California on July 22. They’re just too handsome not to go look at, right?
Average Ticket Price: $185
Still rocking on “The Big Revival” from 2014, Kenny Chesney is making his rounds with his big country hats and dashing good looks. On August 8, Chesney will rock the undies off ladies as high up as Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado.
Average Ticket Price: $223
This summer’s Honda Civic Tour features One Direction kicking off their On the Road Again Tour. Still in support of their latest record, “Four,” the band will hit up the likes of Chicago’s Soldier Field on August 23. Let’s just hope Harry makes it out unscathed from all the vicious hands of his lady admirers.
Average Ticket Price: $251
That’s 50 years and a farewell all wrapped in one big bow, and a hefty price tag at that. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend are going for one last hoorah with their Last Big Tour, set to cost concertgoers a pretty penny. You can catch the band at The Staple Center in Los Angeles on September 21. Their final show is set for Oakland in December with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Hopefully you can “see for miles” or else your wallet will be dry. See what we did there?
Average Ticket Price: $257
We still can’t get the latest record from Bono and the boys — “Songs of Innocence”— off our goddamn phones. In mid-July, U2 fans can pay out the wah-zoo for a chance to see one of the biggest rock bands in their 360-degree tour monstrosity. Madison Square Garden across an 8-show stint in New York City. At the very least, you might get to see The Edge wiping out on stage.
Average Ticket Price: $259
Despite his ongoing custody battles and personal strife, Chris Brown continues to support his 2014 “X” record with his One Hell of a Nite Tour well into the summer of 2015. He’ll be attempting to perform without assaulting anybody at Tinley Park in Illinois on August 14.
Average Ticket Price: $263
“We love you, Taylor!” Get ready to throw your underwear on stage as Taylor continues to support her “1989” not only with rocking new summer singles but with one of the biggest tours of any single performer in the world. We’re not sure whose hand that is in the photo or how they got to be so lucky, but if you want a shot at Taylor, try The Staple Center in L.A. on August 21-26, minus August 23.
Average Ticket Price: $275
With VIP packages as high as $1,562 on StubHub, Mick and Keith and the other aging yet spritely Stones will make you pay for their good time. With fifty-plus years under their British belts, the swagger is about as well oiled as any machine, and their ticket prices are only continuing to soar. Catch Mick and the boys while you can, starting with one of their final shows ending in mid-July.
Average Ticket Price: $279
Girls — guys, too — will pay anything to see Adam Levine these days, and with their “V” record on the rise, so are their tickets, bringing them in as the most expensive modern rock band. There are only two shows left in the America, starting in August, before the band heads overseas so get out and see Adam cry while you can!
Average Ticket Price: $308
The most expensive tour going on in 2015 goes to none other than Stevie Nicks and the folks of Fleetwood Mac. Putting on quite a performance with their On With the Show Tour, the band is in the rumor mill to be going into the studio again, having not put out a full length since 2003. The American tour dates have just wrapped, including multiple nights at The Forum in Los Angeles, just as the band begins to wrap the tour overseas. Expect a landslide, baby, yeah.