Summertime is big concert time. Venues all over the country are luring ticket paying people in with classic acts, new acts, novelty acts, you name it.
The concert industry is touting how 2011 is the best year in many a moon. Business is 11% better than last year. Take a closer look at those numbers and it tells a different story.
Yes revenues are up, so are ticket prices. The actual number of people who are attending concerts has declined by 2.1%. A quick check on the numbers also shows prices are up, over 13%, according to industry trade magazine Pollstar.
For the record, here is some average ticket prices for some top acts:
Andre Rieu - $113.72, U2 - $97.65, Roger Waters - $112.99, Kylie Minogue - $100.33, Bon Jovi - $96.26, Lady Gaga - $96.77, Usher $83.28. To put the increase into another perspective, 22 tours are charging $90 or more per ticket versus just 12 last year. Read more »