Concerts are more expensive than ever, and fans keep paying up

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One fan saw Pink 11 times — she started saving five years ago

 Soaring ticket prices leave concert goers with no choice.

It’s not your imagination: Concert ticket prices are going through the roof.

And not just for the super wealthy who pay thousands of dollars to see the best acts from the front row. Fans of all types are paying more to see their favorite musicians.

The average price of a ticket to the 100 most popular tours in North America has almost quadrupled over the past two decades, from $25.81 in 1996 to $91.86 through the first half of this year, according to researcher Pollstar. Along with pro sports and Broadway shows, concert prices have far outpaced inflation.

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Despite slow economy concert business is booming

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Bono and his U2 bandmates have pulled in $85.8 million on their 360 tour.

The concert touring business is enjoying a healthy comeback this year after struggling in 2010.  Despite the slow economy acts like U2, Kenny Chesney, Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga are bringing in concert goers.

 

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Apple Patents “Concert Ticket+” System

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Patently Apple just dug up an Apple patent for an interesting electronic ticket system. The Concert Ticket+ will be an iPhone app through which you could purchase, use, or store your tickets, removing the need for paper tickets than can be easily misplaced. Despite its name, the electronic ticket app is designed to also cover sporting events, amusement parks, weddings, and a lot more.

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CrowdFire – New Online Concert Experience

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 Event goers check their laptop displays during San Francisco’s first Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

As music lovers mobbed an outdoor stage, vying for views of Radiohead, Beck and other rockers, Keith McPhail enjoyed a prime view of the show from a couch in an internet “living room”.

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