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6/01/2015 - Jesse Lawrence, Contributor - Forbes

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Somewhere between cycling accidents, onstage spills and the tragic loss of longtime manager Dennis Sheehan, U2 has found a way to continue its monumental iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE World Tour. Albeit with heavy hearts and questionable physical health, the foursome wraps a five-show run at The Forum in Los Angeles this Wednesday and will continue to tour North America through the end of July. The band has shown little signs of fatigue in spite of its recent misfortunes, however, and the tour is still being considered one of the most sought-after of the year.

Such a statement has certainly been supported by the secondary ticket market. With 26 shows remaining over the next two months, the average price for U2 tickets on TiqIQ is $257.86. The i+e Tour functions as a short residency in every city it hits, making multiple stops at each venue along the way. With that in mind, U2 will play its 26 remaining shows over just seven more arenas, wrapping with a mammoth eight-show stint at Madison Square Garden in New York City at the end of July. Bono and Co.’s most expensive shows will be held in Midtown Manhattan, but ticket prices on the secondary market remain firm across all seven venues.

Following its last Forum gig on Wednesday, U2 will next hit Denver’s Pepsi Center for two shows this weekend. Over the band’s two-show stay on Saturday and Sunday, tickets own a secondary market average of $202.85. The cheaper of the two Pepsi Center shows will be on Sunday, with tickets averaging at $166.24 and get-in price starting at $58.

The next stop will be at Montreal’s Bell Centre for four shows between June 12 and 17. The week-long stay has garnered a ticket price average of $251.16 on the secondary market. It will be the second of three Canadian venues U2 will play after previously opening the tour at Rogers Arena in Vancouver last month. The best deal for Montreal U2 tickets will be found for the opening show on June 12, where secondary market prices start at just $30.

The United Center in Chicago will host the band’s cheapest shows of tour from June 24 to July 2. Five shows will be held during that 11-day span and tickets currently average $185.61 on the secondary market. That marks a price drop of 28% below the tour average, and no show will see a get-in price more expensive than $43. The cheapest possible Chicago U2 tickets are for a June 29 show and start at just $20.

U2 returns to the Great White North for a third and final time for two shows at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on July 6 and 7. The average secondary price for Toronto U2 tickets over the two-date affair is currently $287.62 and the cheapest ticket is listed for $54 for the July 7 show. Boston’s TD Garden welcomes the Dublin natives for four shows between July 10 and 15. Tickets for the New England residency average at $226.32, with the cheapest get-in price for July 15 at $33.

It will be New York City’s Madison Square Garden that projects the most expensive ticket prices on the i+e Tour. Over the eight scheduled shows being held between July 18 and 31, Madison Square Garden U2 tickets average $329.30 on the secondary market. Just two shows average below $300; July 27 ($272.79) and July 30 ($257.09). U2’s first MSG show on July 18 is one of the most expensive musical events of the year, averaging a $630.07 ticket and $183 get-in price. The cheapest show at The World’s Most Famous Arena comes on July 30, when tickets own a secondary average of $257.09 and get-in price is $66.

U2 is no stranger to massive ticket demand on the secondary market. The band’s landmark 360° Tour, which was held from 2009-2011, was the highest-grossing tour of all-time, generating more than $736 million over 110 shows. Over the final North American leg from May to July of 2011, U2 tickets owned a secondary average of $252.67. Though being held over a considerably shorter time period, the i+e Tour will be a fitting follow-up to the 360° Tour, especially in terms of exorbitant ticket prices on the resale market.