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Title: Ticket Prices
Post by: whitewave on March 16, 2009, 07:58:40 PM
Just wondering if anyone else is a little 'miffed' as a nice way to put it in regards to the lower level pricing structure?
In the past I have paid 100-165 plus for these same seats( on the last tour) -- in smaller venues. Now it is $250? Plus fees try $280.  Most of the elite do not "BUY" these tickets.  It is the middle class that do.  The same people that have been with them from the start. Many people that also need to pay for parking and a sitter to watch the kids so that they can go to the show. People with money search their network and find the tickets.   What one needs to consider with the general admission prices-- stadiums are much bigger than arenas.  360 tour-- is no 360 degree tour it is relatively the same in set up. Unless they are calling this 360 in terms of getting feedback.  The price is unreasonable. The world is expereriencing the worst economic times it has ever faced.  We are given a wonderful record with a tour that is only reeking of wanting money. Who decided on these prices? I was recently on a committee for a charitable organization that had a very hard time getting people to spend even $10 for box seats at several sold out concerts.  $10!!!!! Because I was unable to attend a Springsteen show I had to sell tickets for half of their face value close to the concert. Times ARE hard and many of us have been waiting for good entertainment to come around that is not priced in this fashion-- kind of expecting U2 to do that.  $30-- a token gesture, when the seats are up in th highest level, behind the stage and at the far end of the football stadum.  Which is Much bigger than any arena.


PS-- since I am still paying off from the last tour the CC will not be coming out for this one.  It also appears that they played at the appropriate 1st venue in America a week ago. I think many people might be thinking this.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: JasontheJedi on March 16, 2009, 08:45:12 PM
I agree that the $250 price is ridiculous, but please don't say this is the worst economic times the world has ever faced. That is more ridiculous than $250 tickets.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: whitewave on March 16, 2009, 09:36:07 PM
2nd to the Great Depression.  I simply know too many people that are unemployed and too many that have lost their homes to consider it otherwise.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: JuniorEmblem on March 16, 2009, 10:52:10 PM
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2nd to the Great Depression. 

If you only consider the 20th century

Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: TitleTrack on March 17, 2009, 07:42:17 AM
actually the 1907 panic which brought about the Fed Reserve was much worse.  Looks like the 1981 recession will be worse too  close call though. 19th century had many panics worse than this.  Besides look at all the cheap creature comforts we have.  Being "poor" today in a western society is like living like a king.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: Zimmy on March 17, 2009, 09:30:46 AM
I also think the so-called lowered prices are kinda ridiculous. Which is why I won't be going to any concert. I'm in a situation where I don't have a secure job, and though I could afford the $30 tickets, I don't think it's worth it to be in crappy seats. But, I don't think the ones without secure jobs are U2's target audience when it comes to tours. So, it's alright.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: andyt on March 17, 2009, 10:40:11 AM

Yes, I usually don't believe the hype in the press and the news stories.

But, things are pretty bad - at least in the UK. Even London which is usually immune has been hit.

I know lots of people who have lost their jobs.

It's always a problem when rich rock stars still want to be the 'biggest grossing tour' at the expense of people who want to see them.

I dare say if Bono and co shaved a few million off the profits from these concerts we'd all benefit. And he'd still make more money in the coming year than I'll make in my lifetime.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: indiansummer on March 17, 2009, 11:38:56 AM
Not sure about seating on this tour as I only ever buy GA . But GA Ticket prices for most venues has been around the 50 mark which is the same as Vertigo so after 4 years the price is still the same, which is pretty good value.
HOWEVER, I bought GA's for Nice this morning and was shocked to see they were 87 euros each !!! Why the discrepancy in price, I don't know...but this price will pretty much guarantee tickets being available in the public sale, if anyone wants to go......
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: p8ru2 on March 17, 2009, 08:09:39 PM
@whitewave - 
I think they've given fair range of prices for tix and in keeping GA's at around $55 for a number of years. Pricing is supply and demand, and U2 are extremely popular.  Costs of touring esp. with their staging setups, is extremely expensive also, and they're in it to make money as a business, not lose money.  They're also not a charitable foundation, they're entertainers, and this is not essential service, food or shelter that we're talking about! 

On $30 for lousy seats?  Not for me, no thanks but it does serve those who can only afford that.

On affordability of better seats + the global economy & your take on upper vs. middle class & fanbase - I'd argue whether or not the fanbase is mainly "middle class".  Its a range of ages, demographics and income levels, including rich or upper middle class, as well as lower income and students.  There's also casual fans that can afford it or are just curious to "be there" at a u2 concert, like an event, and while that can be buzzkill for energy, tickets are available to anyone that can afford them. 

All in all, no it isn't cheap by any means, to buy tickets and like any commercial enterprise, money talks.  You either can afford it, save, sacrifice other things, or put it on credit card.  Its a matter of priorities for a fan, and there's certainly lots of people here, that travel to one or more shows, with GA or higher priced seats.   

I think the bigger problem for fans is that the general ticketing system being conglomerates, the broking and scalping, and international internet access make for even more difficulty getting tix and making highly inflated prices.  The band's fansite is trying to combat that but U2 could argubly do more without losing money in their bottom lines.  I doubt that will happen however, given their new association with LiveNation/ TM merger.

Peace.  And good luck getting tix that you want at face! 

PS - Sorry if that sounds harsh, ww & I do wish you luck! 
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: macphisto96 on March 17, 2009, 08:35:09 PM
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2nd to the Great Depression.  I simply know too many people that are unemployed and too many that have lost their homes to consider it otherwise.

Oh please.  It was worse in the early 80s when you look at unemployment.  Don't buy into the rhetoric.  Inflation was worse in the 70s.  Now the government can certainly exacerbate it.  That's what happened in the 1930s.  FDR's policies prolonged the Depression and made it Great.  We're trying the same thing now.

http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/FDR-s-Policies-Prolonged-Depression-5409.aspx?RelNum=5409
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: whitewave on March 17, 2009, 09:10:55 PM
In the 80's I was raising a young family on a very limited income.  Jobs were scarce. This is worse than the 80's especially when you realize that established people have lost their retirement and people were not being foreclosed on and claiming bankrupcy at the rate that is occurring now.  People are coming out of retirement because they have lost their life savings. My Mother lived thru the depression and she is battening down the hatches.  Secondly in the late 80's early 90's I paid $25 for good seats ( not GA) for U2 close to the stage.  Yes $30 is reasonable but I would not pay that for crap seats. I know-- it is my choice. I do not have a problem with that.  I guess what actually bothers me is they HAVE actually become about the Business with the tour.  I do understand that tours cost a lot of money. But for the same tickets that cost $165 in 2005 in smaller venue are now approaching double the face value and are, in actuallity, further from the stage than before puts a greater divide between them and the audience. Frankly I know that they are not a charitable organization, but am deeply saddened that I am starting to realize that they are not walking the walk of what they stand for and what they sing about.  I do not think they should be poor-- by no means! They have worked hard, but take a look at the size of a stadium and the size of an arena, add up the dollar figures.  I love the album, they make fantastic music.  But with the facts of the tour are being 'Acrobats'.  I will not be looking at any face value of any ticket.  Last tour I went to four concerts. Three of which involved travel and total tickets purchased were 8 all at the $165 mark.  That is just the ticket price, that does not include the hundreds of dollars spent on souvenirs.  The additional money that was brought into each of the cities travelled to.   Frankly since the details of the tour have come out I have found myself listening to the album less and less. They just lost a customer.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: SaintMike on March 17, 2009, 09:30:03 PM
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PS-- since I am still paying off from the last tour the CC will not be coming out for this one.  It also appears that they played at the appropriate 1st venue in America a week ago. I think many people might be thinking this.

You're just now paying off your tickets from the last U2 tour?  The one 4 years ago?  That's ridiculous - tickets to that tour weren't more than like $50 for GA.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: whitewave on March 17, 2009, 09:47:39 PM
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PS-- since I am still paying off from the last tour the CC will not be coming out for this one.  It also appears that they played at the appropriate 1st venue in America a week ago. I think many people might be thinking this.

You're just now paying off your tickets from the last U2 tour?  The one 4 years ago?  That's ridiculous - tickets to that tour weren't more than like $50 for GA.
Family of three on a trip to Hawaii to see the band-- tickets, hotel and food.  It was actually Dec 06.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: fly girl on March 18, 2009, 03:35:40 AM
I don't think they've got it right here, the highest prices are madness.  OK they are trying by giving cheap tickets, but they seem to be the pits of the seats.  The GAs are good value indeed, but to get a good seat 150. 

Just because people are struggling with money why do they have to be left with the rubbish?  I know at least they can get there, but it seems to make a point of making a big divide between rich and poor, which is not what U2 is about.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: JuniorEmblem on March 18, 2009, 08:04:56 AM
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I don't think they've got it right here, the highest prices are madness.  OK they are trying by giving cheap tickets, but they seem to be the pits of the seats.  The GAs are good value indeed, but to get a good seat 150. 

Just because people are struggling with money why do they have to be left with the rubbish?  I know at least they can get there, but it seems to make a point of making a big divide between rich and poor, which is not what U2 is about.

No, they are about making a big divide between you and your money.

I truly think that maybe their South-of-France lifestyle is finally putting them out of touch a bit, and letting McGuinne$$ roam free and do his lying-his-ass-off thing to sell the tour isn't helping either.



Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: fly girl on March 18, 2009, 08:09:38 AM
Hmm yes, I have to agree.  They are too 'celebrity' and don't always get it.  I like what they do and don't think they are not genuine for one minute in what they believe, but they just don't get it.  They really need to rethink themselves and the message they are getting across.  As much as I love them, when Bono says money is not important, I cannot help but look at his huge home, hearing he flies a hat out to Italy, has houses who knows where and want to ask him to give it all up.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: p8ru2 on March 18, 2009, 09:14:35 AM
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In the 80's I was raising a young family on a very limited income.  Jobs were scarce. This is worse than the 80's especially when you realize that established people have lost their retirement and people were not being foreclosed on and claiming bankrupcy at the rate that is occurring now.  People are coming out of retirement because they have lost their life savings. My Mother lived thru the depression and she is battening down the hatches.  Secondly in the late 80's early 90's I paid $25 for good seats ( not GA) for U2 close to the stage.  Yes $30 is reasonable but I would not pay that for crap seats. I know-- it is my choice. I do not have a problem with that.  I guess what actually bothers me is they HAVE actually become about the Business with the tour.  I do understand that tours cost a lot of money. But for the same tickets that cost $165 in 2005 in smaller venue are now approaching double the face value and are, in actuallity, further from the stage than before puts a greater divide between them and the audience. Frankly I know that they are not a charitable organization, but am deeply saddened that I am starting to realize that they are not walking the walk of what they stand for and what they sing about.  I do not think they should be poor-- by no means! They have worked hard, but take a look at the size of a stadium and the size of an arena, add up the dollar figures.  I love the album, they make fantastic music.  But with the facts of the tour are being 'Acrobats'.  I will not be looking at any face value of any ticket.  Last tour I went to four concerts. Three of which involved travel and total tickets purchased were 8 all at the $165 mark.  That is just the ticket price, that does not include the hundreds of dollars spent on souvenirs.  The additional money that was brought into each of the cities travelled to.   Frankly since the details of the tour have come out I have found myself listening to the album less and less. They just lost a customer.

Heya whitewave - Further to what I posted previously,  I'm sorry to hear that you're so disappointed in them that they've lost you as a customer and fan ( and others here).   :-[   I hope that isn't true! 

I didn't elaborate on the economy, as I had to log off yesterday, so my apologies - It is tough out there for many, and for you also, and I'd say its much worse than previous recessions, with the foreclosures and job losses.   I'm sorry you're still paying off the Hawaii '06 tour & family vacation also. 

 I do think it could be a mistake economically, that U2 are choosing to do a stadium tour this time around, as you're right, the seats are further away and its more challenging than ever to get decent seats at a decent price.    And I can see how that looks bad or greedy, having a big elaborate tour in these economic times.  It could be fairly optimistic that they're going to sell out and with the multiple stadium shows but contrary to what one would think, they're adding shows (eg. Milan, Croke Pk).  Its hard to know if that's fans and regular people buying the tix or all the brokers and scalpers being greedy and hopeful that the demand is there.   

That said, my personal preference is for arena shows.  When I look at other top headliners and the ticket prices for those, U2 tickets cost often much less at face. 

Anyway, all I'm saying is that given the economy and your situation, is one show with moderate seats  ( not crap) not enough?   There's seats at $95 as well as the GAs at $55.  I think that's pretty reasonable and affordable for most. 
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: SaintMike on March 18, 2009, 11:13:44 AM
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Family of three on a trip to Hawaii to see the band-- tickets, hotel and food.  It was actually Dec 06.

So let me clarify this - you chose to go see U2 at one of the most expensive destinations in the world.  Probably spent at least $800 per person on roundtrip airfare, at least $400 a day on hotel and other expenses for a grand total of (at least) around $5500.  I'm assuming the trip was only 5 days.

And you're complaining about U2's ticket prices?  Seriously?  The tickets were hands down the LEAST expensive part of your trip.

Look don't get me wrong - I will criticize U2 when warranted.  Look at my Blackberry avatar for crying out loud.  But to knock U2 for their ticket prices is ridiculous.  U2 are being OVERLY generous here.  Touts and scalpers buy their artificially low tickets and resell them for 2 to 4 times face value.  U2 are leaving money on the table for those who are fortunate enough to get tickets at face value.

I hope I don't come off as a jerk, but I don't think it's fair of you to go see U2 in Hawaii and then act like it's their fault that you're still paying off you CC bill.  You had literally hundreds of other cheaper options for seeing them.

In fact, beyond setting their face values at literally 25% to 33% of fair market value, U2 also went so far as to schedule a plethora of tour dates, literally trying to saturate the market with supply.  They scheduled dates in obscure locations so that if you couldn't get tickets to Denver you could instead see them in someplace like Boise or Little Rock where tickets at face value were attainable. 

Instead of flying your family to Hawaii and dropping $5 or $6 grand, you could have driven to Dallas/Phoenix/Portland (whichever is closest) and spent $55 per ticket and invested 6 hours and been within 5 feet of Bono for the entire concert.  You made the decisions that you made - it's not fair to blame the band for them.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: theocean on March 18, 2009, 11:52:28 AM
Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: SaintMike on March 18, 2009, 12:20:31 PM
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Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.

The cheapest seats are close to the band.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: JuniorEmblem on March 18, 2009, 12:42:16 PM
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Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.

The cheapest seats are close to the band.

No, they're not, they're the furthest away.

Plus there's a LOT more expensive seats than there are cheap,



Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: SaintMike on March 18, 2009, 12:47:34 PM
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Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.

The cheapest seats are close to the band.

No, they're not, they're the furthest away.

Plus there's a LOT more expensive seats than there are cheap,





Floor tickets are very plentiful and they are very cheap.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: Nielsen on March 18, 2009, 12:50:52 PM
55 for General Admission + 6 per ticket service charge + 5 Secure Delivery in the UK
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: theocean on March 18, 2009, 12:54:12 PM
I've never been to a giant u2 show, how the hell do you go to the bathroom, dont you miss like 4 songs just getting outta there and waiting in line?
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: mariamontreal on March 18, 2009, 01:15:20 PM
It's definetly not as enjoyable and personal as the arenas . And you really have a point Washrooms -NIGHTMARE , there goes having any liquid refreshments !
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: JuniorEmblem on March 18, 2009, 01:23:59 PM
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Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.

The cheapest seats are close to the band.

No, they're not, they're the furthest away.

Plus there's a LOT more expensive seats than there are cheap,





Floor tickets are very plentiful and they are very cheap.

But not cheapest. And not as plentiful as the non GA.

Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: JuniorEmblem on March 18, 2009, 01:26:12 PM
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I've never been to a giant u2 show, how the hell do you go to the bathroom, dont you miss like 4 songs just getting outta there and waiting in line?

Ah the joys of the stadium show.............gross as it may sound I know plenty of folks who have just gone there and then in large GA Stadium/festival environments after they work hard to get a decent spot and don't want to leave, and ladies, you WILL be groped....



Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: SaintMike on March 18, 2009, 01:51:37 PM
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Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.

The cheapest seats are close to the band.

Whatever.  This is so retarded.  You can be 5 feet away from the biggest band in the world for 55 quid.  Stop whining.

No, they're not, they're the furthest away.

Plus there's a LOT more expensive seats than there are cheap,





Floor tickets are very plentiful and they are very cheap.

But not cheapest. And not as plentiful as the non GA.



This is so stupid.  You can be 5 feet away from the stage for 55 quid.  How can U2 do any better than that? 
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: JuniorEmblem on March 18, 2009, 02:19:35 PM
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Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.

The cheapest seats are close to the band.

Whatever.  This is so retarded.  You can be 5 feet away from the biggest band in the world for 55 quid.  Stop whining.

No, they're not, they're the furthest away.

Plus there's a LOT more expensive seats than there are cheap,





Floor tickets are very plentiful and they are very cheap.

But not cheapest. And not as plentiful as the non GA.



This is so stupid.  You can be 5 feet away from the stage for 55 quid.  How can U2 do any better than that? 

Dude, relax, my only point was when yousaid they were the cheapest seats, they're not.

Not too many people will be 5 feet away, jeez even if you're front row you're at LEAST 10 feet away, very few people in a stadium will be even as close as the WORST seats in an arena, and they'll be paying MORE for that 'privelege' than they paid th elast arena tour.

All you're doing is just putting on a nice dress on this particular pig, but it's still a pig.

Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: joegtheog on March 18, 2009, 02:33:42 PM
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Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.

The cheapest seats are close to the band.

Whatever.  This is so retarded.  You can be 5 feet away from the biggest band in the world for 55 quid.  Stop whining.

No, they're not, they're the furthest away.

Plus there's a LOT more expensive seats than there are cheap,





Floor tickets are very plentiful and they are very cheap.

But not cheapest. And not as plentiful as the non GA.



This is so stupid.  You can be 5 feet away from the stage for 55 quid.  How can U2 do any better than that? 


They cant.  Some people will never be pleased.  the only alternative for U2 at this stage in their career is to stage 5 or more night stand at arenas in every city.  And even then, people will complain that they played 5 nights and didnt play (insert song here). Or that they tickets were still too expensive.  They can't win with the elitist bourgeoisie who think that U2 should give everything away for free. They're already adding stadium dates in Europe. The demand is there.  If people dont like it, dont go see em.  And if the details of the tour stop you from enjoying the album, then that sounds like a personal problem.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: SaintMike on March 18, 2009, 04:48:00 PM
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Ya know eventually if the ticket prices get higher and higher and middle class people cant afford them and so many people go that nobody is close to the band, they will have to use a halogram concert, like from Star Wars, and project little halograms all over the arena of them playing so its like you are right there next to them. Crazy i know. Its my sci-fi mind.

The cheapest seats are close to the band.

Whatever.  This is so retarded.  You can be 5 feet away from the biggest band in the world for 55 quid.  Stop whining.

No, they're not, they're the furthest away.

Plus there's a LOT more expensive seats than there are cheap,





Floor tickets are very plentiful and they are very cheap.

But not cheapest. And not as plentiful as the non GA.



This is so stupid.  You can be 5 feet away from the stage for 55 quid.  How can U2 do any better than that? 

Dude, relax, my only point was when yousaid they were the cheapest seats, they're not.

Not too many people will be 5 feet away, jeez even if you're front row you're at LEAST 10 feet away, very few people in a stadium will be even as close as the WORST seats in an arena, and they'll be paying MORE for that 'privelege' than they paid th elast arena tour.

All you're doing is just putting on a nice dress on this particular pig, but it's still a pig.



You can too be 5 feet from the stage.  Would you like to see some pictures?  My girl at the time actually touched Bono's hand.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: Zimmy on March 18, 2009, 05:24:42 PM
The only thing I've found annoying is it seems people without too much cash only have two options: GA or really crappy seats. So, if we can't do GA we're basically screwed. That's what completely turned me off about this. Has it always been this way? I don't know, does someone with more concert experience want to answer this for me? Maybe I'm just too young and don't have the right perspective, maybe this has always been the U2 thing to do and I didn't know.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: whitewave on March 18, 2009, 06:04:46 PM
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Family of three on a trip to Hawaii to see the band-- tickets, hotel and food.  It was actually Dec 06.

So let me clarify this - you chose to go see U2 at one of the most expensive destinations in the world.  Probably spent at least $800 per person on roundtrip airfare, at least $400 a day on hotel and other expenses for a grand total of (at least) around $5500.  I'm assuming the trip was only 5 days.

And you're complaining about U2's ticket prices?  Seriously?  The tickets were hands down the LEAST expensive part of your trip.

Look don't get me wrong - I will criticize U2 when warranted.  Look at my Blackberry avatar for crying out loud.  But to knock U2 for their ticket prices is ridiculous.  U2 are being OVERLY generous here.  Touts and scalpers buy their artificially low tickets and resell them for 2 to 4 times face value.  U2 are leaving money on the table for those who are fortunate enough to get tickets at face value.

I hope I don't come off as a jerk, but I don't think it's fair of you to go see U2 in Hawaii and then act like it's their fault that you're still paying off you CC bill.  You had literally hundreds of other cheaper options for seeing them.

In fact, beyond setting their face values at literally 25% to 33% of fair market value, U2 also went so far as to schedule a plethora of tour dates, literally trying to saturate the market with supply.  They scheduled dates in obscure locations so that if you couldn't get tickets to Denver you could instead see them in someplace like Boise or Little Rock where tickets at face value were attainable. 

Instead of flying your family to Hawaii and dropping $5 or $6 grand, you could have driven to Dallas/Phoenix/Portland (whichever is closest) and spent $55 per ticket and invested 6 hours and been within 5 feet of Bono for the entire concert.  You made the decisions that you made - it's not fair to blame the band for them.


Actually Saint Mike the trip for that was for much less than your estimate, I do know how to spend wisely-- secondly I am not upset about what I paid previously. It was well worth it. I would pay for that again! Along with the 3 other shows I went to on the last tour and all of the previous tours I have gone to. I am only stating that the price for the exact same seats--( $165 vs $250) which are actually further away from the stage have risen in price by an estimated 52% in 2 years.  I do agree the price for GA is reasonable, that did not go up very much, but again it is also a bigger space of GA ( more volume to fill). 
Think about it-- Arenas not including floor space hold app. 20,000 people; stadiums not including floor hold approximately 40,000. 
If you also take a look at most of the other seating prices you will find they have gone up in a similar fashion. Once again they are all further from the stage than in an arena.  Last tour for arenas-- they did 2 nights on average.  The band seemed energized and the people enjoyed it.  So why the change and why the steep increase in price overall?
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: p8ru2 on March 18, 2009, 07:30:00 PM
I'm with Saint Mike here ( albeit a softer version! lol) 

@Zimmy - The secret to any concert going when you're young ( and perhaps less flush) is to see new up & coming bands, at cheaper prices, and/or pick & choose your concerts, and save for one or more quality shows in a year, rather than trying to see many concerts.  When you're older and perhaps more flush, then you can splurge on one or more concerts.   Its harder to see and afford to splurge once you have a family & all the expenses that go with that or other obligations but people find a way or they make their priorities ( as in when younger  - eg. picking & choosing &/or saving).

U2 ticket pricess are no higher than the majority other bands at this stage & at each stage in their career (with very few exceptions). 
(ie) When starting out, tix were cheap, as was staging (costs etc).  Demand was much lower and venues were much smaller & more intimate.
Now, 30 yrs later, their tix are relative to other similar popular bands (eg) Stones, Springsteen, Madonna etc, and its amazing that they still do arena shows, like in 2005, b/c everyone knows they can fill stadiums fairly easily & normally with multiple shows in big cities.   

Here's what Madonna's charging currently at O2 London, and I know the Stones charged very high prices on their last tour. 
LEVEL 1:  110.00 - 175.00
FLOOR SEATING:  175.00
LEVEL 4 :65.00 - 110.00

In fact U2's current lower to mid priced seats  are much lower than other bands, and lower than what I paid last year to see them (U2)! 
( $30, $55 & $95 USD in N. America; respectively alot higher in Euros)

Last year for Vertigo, I lucked out and paid $189. Cdn (face, all in) to be 1st level in an arena.  Well worth it.  I'd have liked to be closer or GA but my sightline & the sound was fantastic.
I paid more than that for the ZOOTV tour, b/c I had "Hot seats" membership which was about $200 + GA, about 12th row.  Again, well worth it.
I can't remember how much I paid for JT tour (alzheimers! LOL), but I had floor again.   
This year I'm split over which tix I'm going for but its likely GA or first level seats.  This year theres three options on 1st level, only 2 if you discount the crap seats.  These are at minimum 50% cheaper than what I paid last year at FACE, and the $250 tix are 25% more expensive, closer to the stage. 

@whitewave & others -  I don't begrudge any family holiday combined with concert, and having a family has major financial expense.  You went to multiple shows last year aside from the one in Hawaii, so perhaps you can pare down to one show locally.
Irrespective of the pricing differences between countries and what you've stated from $165-250, there are 1st level seats at $95 (cheaper) and $55 GA floor.  So there's options, and yes, you can be close in GA even in a stadium. 

I have been a major fan for 30 yrs and gone to 3 U2 concerts, and this'll be my 4th.  I have never travelled to a U2 show and I'm fine with that.   :)  That's been what I've been able to afford & spend & I'm happy & satisfied about that.  Each concert has been special and they're my favorite band.  I don't need to go to multiple shows (although I'd love that) and I don't begrudge those who do, and can afford it.  To each their own, and people have different priorities and obligations.  To me, that's a luxury, and if you can afford it (without going into literal debt) then good for you! 

That said, I think its unfair to blast the band for not completely accomodating your expectations of them to lower the best seats, on loyalty and love or fan appreciation alone.  They're doing that to an extent, and to do that across the board or to base their decisions purely on fan "want" is just unrealistic. 

Peace! 
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: d.darroch on March 18, 2009, 07:39:35 PM
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Not sure about seating on this tour as I only ever buy GA . But GA Ticket prices for most venues has been around the 50 mark which is the same as Vertigo so after 4 years the price is still the same, which is pretty good value.
HOWEVER, I bought GA's for Nice this morning and was shocked to see they were 87 euros each !!! Why the discrepancy in price, I don't know...but this price will pretty much guarantee tickets being available in the public sale, if anyone wants to go......

Yeah I just got some GA tix for Nice too, & was a bit suprised by the 87.50Eur price. Bono has previously stated (or so I've been told), that on this tour, the more expensive seats are subsidizing the price of cheaper tickets. Thus large numbers of more expensive tickets would help reduce the price of GA's (and allow for the 30Eur tix). Nice's stands only hold 8,000 people (a decent portion of these seats are the 30Eur seats). So there just wasn't enough 160Eur seats to drive down the prices of the GA tix.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: Zimmy on March 18, 2009, 08:16:36 PM
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@Zimmy - The secret to any concert going when you're young ( and perhaps less flush) is to see new up & coming bands, at cheaper prices, and/or pick & choose your concerts, and save for one or more quality shows in a year, rather than trying to see many concerts.  When you're older and perhaps more flush, then you can splurge on one or more concerts.   Its harder to see and afford to splurge once you have a family & all the expenses that go with that or other obligations but people find a way or they make their priorities ( as in when younger  - eg. picking & choosing &/or saving).
 

Yea, I'm beginning to think that since I'm young and poor, I'll just stick with the concerts I know I can afford. Like, Bob Dylan. When I saw him, it was $50 for good seats, and I was close enough where I felt like he was actually looking at me! So, U2 can just be my 'listen to their cd' band. As much as I'd love to see them in concert again, I'm just not the audience they're looking for or want.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: JasontheJedi on March 18, 2009, 09:13:40 PM
I'm just going to put this concert on my credit card and then pay well over $250 in fees the next 3 years and then proceed to say I don't have enough for a ticket the next time they tour. It's going to be awesome and logical.
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: AliSPNfan on March 21, 2009, 01:06:30 PM
I saw U2 in LA on the Vertigo tour and the $ then was very good for British Sterling.I paid about 70 for two tickets.I flew to San Francisco with my sister and my penpal of 20yrs from the old Propaganda mag picked us up.We've traded vacations over the years but this was the first time that we'd actually been to a U2 gig together.We drove down to LA, got a great spot near the stage and the guys were incredible.We drove back to SF the day after then my sister's Propaganda penpal met up with us and the four of us then flew to Hawaii for a 6 day vacation.The Hawaiian vacation was processed for us by another long-time Propaganda friend who works for Disney as a travel agent.I think I paid less than 500 the trip to Hawaii and that included flights and hotel in Honolulu and flight to Maui and 5 days accommodation there. It was well worth the money spent.It's great to have connections with fellow U2 fans, you never know when they come in handy  :D
Title: Re: Ticket Prices
Post by: mrsmagnificent on March 21, 2009, 01:41:49 PM
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Is this the average price of a ticket?

Could have bought 2 tickets today from Live Nation.  150 EACH with a 13 booking fee EACH (WTF?  How do they get away with this?) for frankly crap seats.

Decided not to bother.  Instead I will willingly pay 150 - 200 for 2 GA tickets on eBay or from a scalper. This way I get a great spot for a cheaper price.

U2 have certainly pushed me into the arms of the ticket touts this time