Top 5 Most Expensive Concert Tickets in the World
Here is a list of the five most expensive concert tickets ever, based on average ticket costs. Contrary to popular belief, recording artists cannot live off their album sales alone. In fact, 80 percent of a band’s annual income comes from touring. They only make a small profit on album sales after managers, producers, agents, record labels and taxes take their cut.
5. Bon Jovi – $105.35 (2010)
Bon Jovi’s 2010 world tour resulted in $201.1 million gross revenue, which was more than any other band made that year, according to L.A. The average ticket cost for that tour still places the band at the bottom of most expensive concert tickets list. Bon Jovi is well known for putting on powerhouse, three-hour sets, which may be why fans don’t mind dropping their weekly pay on one night with Jon Bon. The band is versatile and resilient, dropping a country album in 2007 to compliment their rock albums released from 1984 to today.
4. Rolling Stones – $136.63 (2005)
Age is not a factor for them, as they still tour like they did 20 years ago, and they continue to reap the rewards. Mick Jagger and his crew hauled in $138.5 million during their “A Bigger Bang” tour, from Fall 2005 to 2006. This hardly comes as a surprise with over one million tickets sold to loyal fans who simply can’t get enough of their ageless musical idols. This is one of the most expensive concert tickets
3. Paul McCartney – $288 (2010)
A former member of the outrageously popular band, The Beatles, Paul McCartney didn’t start raking of the most expensive concert tickets until long after the breakup of the band. The Beatles’ highest-priced ticket on their American tours was a whopping $8.50 in 1964. Interestingly enough, when adjusted for inflation, that still only comes in at a modest $59. McCartney, however, demands five times that amount now; mainly because he is the last living, non-Ringo link to the greatest band of all time.
2. Barbara Streisand – $300 (2006)
As ‘best-selling female artist of all time,’ Barbara Streisand attracts a completely different target audience than other performers. Hence, her concerts not only sell out, but they result in astronomical ticket prices for special seats, which in turn drives up the most expensive concert tickets. In 2000, Streisand charged an outrageous $1,530 for a front row seat to her concert in Australia, with ticket packages scoring more than $5,500 on stubhub.com. Apparently, Streisand’s fans have deep pockets.
1. Elton John – $306 (2008)
Sir Elton John is without a doubt the undisputed king of piano rock, and as such his concerts have never been cheap. Although he and Billy Joel enjoy touring together, John actually makes more with his solo concerts. This pop music icon sells out baseball stadiums and arenas where ever he goes and fans apparently don’t mind the outlandishly most expensive concert tickets.