Forbes has compiled its list of the most expensive concert tickets for 2015 tours, and the numbers provide some insight into the current live music marketplace.
It’s worth noting that Forbes examined ticket prices exclusively on the secondary market. That is, those non-official outlets like StubHub, TicketsNow, eBay, Razor Gator, etc.
Topping the list is Fleetwood Mac, whose 40-show North American tour is the only such outing that exceeds the $300-per ticket average. No doubt bolstering those numbers is the return of Christine McVie following a lengthy two-decade hiatus from the band.
The only other “legacy” act in the top five is Neil Diamond, whose 30-date US tour averages just under $262 per show. The remaining top spots all go to young, mainstream-leaning acts: Maroon 5 ($279.42), Taylor Swift ($262.85), and Chris Brown and Trey Songz ($258.70).
The rest of the list is equally diverse. Foo Fighters come in at No. 15, with shows averaging $164 per ticket (and that’s despite launching a major anti-scalping campaign). Tickets to U2’s upcoming tour will cost concertgoers on average $256. Meanwhile, fans of younger acts like Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea can expect to pay $178.30 and $167.19 per ticket, respectively.
One especially surprising entrant is The Who: With the legendary rockers commencing their final tour in 2015, an average ticket price of $250.59 landed them at only the No. 8 spot. Given the ridiculous ticket prices of past farewell tours by other bands, that number seems almost reasonable.
Most Expensive Tours:
01. Fleetwood Mac – $307.78
02. Maroon 5 – $279.42
03. Taylor Swift – $262.85
04. Neil Diamond – $261.33
05. Chris Brown & Trey Songz – $258.70
06. U2 – $256.93
07. Bob Seger – $251.57
08. The Who – $250.59
09. One Direction – $223.01
10. Kenny Chesney – $185.11
11. 5 Seconds of Summer – $179.30
12. Ariana Grande – $178.30
13. Meghan Trainor – $169.80
14. Iggy Azalea and Nick Jonas – $167.19
15. Foo Fighters – $164.12