U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour

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U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« on: February 12, 2021, 11:25:30 AM »
U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour. Prices in United States dollars, not adjusted for inflation.

The price for most shows in the United States, although there were sometimes small variations on price in a few markets. This is list price as printed on the ticket, without extra service fees.

Boy Tour: 1980-1981
Ticket Price: $4.00

October Tour: 1981-1982
Ticket Price: $6.50

War Tour: 1983
Ticket Price: $10.50

Unforgettable Fire Tour: 1984-1985
Ticket Price: $13.50

Joshua Tree Tour: 1987
Ticket Price: $19.50

ZOO TV Tour: 1992
Ticket Price: $30.00

POPMART Tour: 1997
Ticket Price: $52.50 and $35.00
AVERAGE TICKET PRICE NEW YORK CITY AREA: $50.13 

Elevation Tour: 2001
Ticket Prices: $130.00, $85.00, $45.00
AVERAGE TICKET PRICE NEW YORK CITY AREA: $83.97 

Vertigo Tour: 2005
Ticket Price: $160.00, $95.00, $49.50
AVERAGE TICKET PRICE NEW YORK CITY AREA: $101.73     

360 Tour: 2009, 2011
Ticket Price: $250.00, $95.00, $55.00, $30.00
AVERAGE TICKET PRICE NEW YORK CITY AREA: $100.10   

Innocence And Experience Tour: 2015
Ticket Price: $275.00, $95.00, $70.00, $30.00
AVERAGE TICKET PRICE NEW YORK CITY AREA: $129.88   

Joshua Tree Tour 2017: 2017
Ticket Price: $280.00, $165.00, $100.00, $70.00, $35.00
AVERAGE TICKET PRICE NEW YORK CITY AREA: $131.68   

Experience And Innocence Tour: 2018
Ticket Price: $325.00, $175.50, $110.50, $80.00, $41.00
AVERAGE TICKET PRICE NEW YORK CITY AREA: $155.38   


From the Boy Tour through ZOO TV tour, there was only one standard ticket price for every seat or location in the venue.
This increased to two standard prices for POPMART, three for Elevation and Vertigo, and four from 360 to the most recent tour, Experience And Innocence.

I do not recall and have yet to find the mid-level ticket price for Joshua Tree Tour 2017 and Experience And Innocence Tour 2018, for United States shows.
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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2021, 11:29:11 AM »
$20 to see them on TJT, $30 on ZooTv   :o

of course that was before my time, so  :-[
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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2021, 11:34:00 AM »
U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour. Prices in United States dollars, not adjusted for inflation.

The price for most shows in the United States, although there were sometimes small variations on price in a few markets. This is list price as printed on the ticket, without extra service fees.

Boy Tour: 1980-1981
Ticket Price: $4.00

October Tour: 1981-1982
Ticket Price: $6.50

War Tour: 1983
Ticket Price: $10.50

Unforgettable Fire Tour: 1984-1985
Ticket Price: $13.50

Joshua Tree Tour: 1987
Ticket Price: $19.50

ZOO TV Tour: 1992
Ticket Price: $30.00

POPMART Tour: 1997
Ticket Price: $52.50 and $35.00

Elevation Tour: 2001
Ticket Prices: $130.00, $85.00, $45.00

Vertigo Tour: 2005
Ticket Price: $160.00, $95.00, $49.50

360 Tour: 2009, 2011
Ticket Price: $250.00, $95.00, $55.00, $30.00

Innocence And Experience Tour: 2015
Ticket Price: $275.00, $95.00, $70.00, $30.00

Joshua Tree Tour 2017: 2017
Ticket Price: $280.00, ?, $75.00, $35.00

Experience And Innocence Tour: 2018
Ticket Price: $325.00, ?, $80.00, $41.00


From the Boy Tour through ZOO TV tour, there was only one standard ticket price for every seat or location in the venue.
This increased to two standard prices for POPMART, three for Elevation and Vertigo, and four from 360 to the most recent tour, Experience And Innocence.

I do not recall and have yet to find the mid-level ticket price for Joshua Tree Tour 2017 and Experience And Innocence Tour 2018, for United States shows.

Not adjusted for inflation?  You're slipping, wons.

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2021, 11:36:11 AM »
$20 to see them on TJT, $30 on ZooTv   :o

of course that was before my time, so  :-[

With normal dollar inflation, that is actually $45 for TJT and $56 for ZOO TV in today's prices.

Scalpers made a good living prior music artist starting to use tiered pricing levels and price tickets closer to real market demand starting in 1994. U2 did not really switch to that method until the Elevation Tour in 2001. On POPMART, there were $35 dollar lower priced tickets, but they represented less than 10% of available tickets and were at the very back of the stadium on the upper level.

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2021, 11:40:15 AM »
U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour. Prices in United States dollars, not adjusted for inflation.

The price for most shows in the United States, although there were sometimes small variations on price in a few markets. This is list price as printed on the ticket, without extra service fees.

Boy Tour: 1980-1981
Ticket Price: $4.00

October Tour: 1981-1982
Ticket Price: $6.50

War Tour: 1983
Ticket Price: $10.50

Unforgettable Fire Tour: 1984-1985
Ticket Price: $13.50

Joshua Tree Tour: 1987
Ticket Price: $19.50

ZOO TV Tour: 1992
Ticket Price: $30.00

POPMART Tour: 1997
Ticket Price: $52.50 and $35.00

Elevation Tour: 2001
Ticket Prices: $130.00, $85.00, $45.00

Vertigo Tour: 2005
Ticket Price: $160.00, $95.00, $49.50

360 Tour: 2009, 2011
Ticket Price: $250.00, $95.00, $55.00, $30.00

Innocence And Experience Tour: 2015
Ticket Price: $275.00, $95.00, $70.00, $30.00

Joshua Tree Tour 2017: 2017
Ticket Price: $280.00, ?, $75.00, $35.00

Experience And Innocence Tour: 2018
Ticket Price: $325.00, ?, $80.00, $41.00


From the Boy Tour through ZOO TV tour, there was only one standard ticket price for every seat or location in the venue.
This increased to two standard prices for POPMART, three for Elevation and Vertigo, and four from 360 to the most recent tour, Experience And Innocence.

I do not recall and have yet to find the mid-level ticket price for Joshua Tree Tour 2017 and Experience And Innocence Tour 2018, for United States shows.

Not adjusted for inflation?  You're slipping, wons.

Well, there is normal dollar inflation, plus music artist starting in 1994 to use tiered pricing levels and charge tickets closer to true market demand. Both have contributed to increasing prices over time as well as the specific demand/popularity level of individual artist like U2.

There is a good normal U.S. dollar inflation adjusting calculator here: www.westegg.com/inflation

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2021, 11:48:01 AM »
The price for a Zooropa ticket in 1993 was £23.50, IIRC.


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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2021, 12:09:20 PM »
The biggest jump in U2 ticket prices since the year 2000 as been with those first tier, "Golden Circle" ticket prices, from $130 to $325. The mid-level prices, General Admission, and from 2009 the nosebleed/behind the stage price have not gone up very much. Although, I don't have those mid-level prices for Joshua Tree 2017 and Experience And Innocence Tour 2018, so if anyone can provide those, that would be cool.

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2021, 12:20:07 PM »
The biggest jump in U2 ticket prices since the year 2000 as been with those first tier, "Golden Circle" ticket prices, from $130 to $325. The mid-level prices, General Admission, and from 2009 the nosebleed/behind the stage price have not gone up very much. Although, I don't have those mid-level prices for Joshua Tree 2017 and Experience And Innocence Tour 2018, so if anyone can provide those, that would be cool.
Which is precisely what Iíve been complaining about for a while, now... U2 have deliberately chosen to cast some of their most loyal fans away from the best seats. Maybe we were signing too loudly, I donít know.
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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2021, 12:44:22 PM »
The biggest jump in U2 ticket prices since the year 2000 as been with those first tier, "Golden Circle" ticket prices, from $130 to $325. The mid-level prices, General Admission, and from 2009 the nosebleed/behind the stage price have not gone up very much. Although, I don't have those mid-level prices for Joshua Tree 2017 and Experience And Innocence Tour 2018, so if anyone can provide those, that would be cool.
Which is precisely what Iíve been complaining about for a while, now... U2 have deliberately chosen to cast some of their most loyal fans away from the best seats. Maybe we were signing too loudly, I donít know.

The Golden Circle ticket buyers help keep General Admission tickets on the floor cheap. U2 want to keep General Admission tickets for the floor cheap for several reasons I think:
1. Most GA tickets are sold during pre-sales by the U2.com fan club to U2.com members.
2. Those going for floor tickets tend to be their biggest and most enthusiastic supporters in some ways.
3. A much lower price for the floor attracts younger fans who are more likely to jump up and down during the show which looks good, very rock n roll.
4. Your Golden Circle Ticket buyers tend to be older, generally prefer seats over general admission, might be less likely to dance and jump up and down, but have larger financial resources to afford steep Golden Circle Prices.

A lot of other artist out there will target the floor with the "Golden Circle Price levels", while the best seats would be at a lower or mid-level price. U2 turned that idea on its head back in 2001 preferring to keep floor ticket prices very cheap, and then start with the high price levels when they get to the seats, followed by lower price levels in the seated area based on location/distance to stage.


There is a chance this could change in the future though depending on demand. I hope it does not since I always purchase General Admission tickets, and love paying the far lower price while getting close to the stage and band.

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2021, 12:55:59 PM »
What this misses is that over time the lowest price tickets have gotten harder to get. I paid $55 to see them on 360 - a bargain considering it was a $100m stage. However, we have seen lots of reports of people being forced to pay huge prices on IE/EI because the cheap tickets sold out in minutes.

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2021, 01:04:53 PM »
What this misses is that over time the lowest price tickets have gotten harder to get. I paid $55 to see them on 360 - a bargain considering it was a $100m stage. However, we have seen lots of reports of people being forced to pay huge prices on IE/EI because the cheap tickets sold out in minutes.

Lesson learned for the band: Zoo TV 2. I don't like the idea, but that's where we're headed

I think part of that is going from stadiums to arenas. With stadiums you have such a wide availability at all ticket prices. Everything is easier in terms of getting what you want. When, you go back to arenas, its a war again for tickets unless you have U2.com membership and first pre-sale access.

U2.com membership is the way to secure low priced tickets, especially if the band is playing arenas. Also its better to get membership while they have yet to plan the next tour, so you'll be in a better pre-sale category once they announce a new tour. If you wait to get U2.com membership when they announce a new tour, while you'll be better off, you'll still be waiting while other people are buying tickets in the earlier pre-sale groups.

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2021, 01:24:03 PM »
What this misses is that over time the lowest price tickets have gotten harder to get. I paid $55 to see them on 360 - a bargain considering it was a $100m stage. However, we have seen lots of reports of people being forced to pay huge prices on IE/EI because the cheap tickets sold out in minutes.

Lesson learned for the band: Zoo TV 2. I don't like the idea, but that's where we're headed

I think part of that is going from stadiums to arenas. With stadiums you have such a wide availability at all ticket prices. Everything is easier in terms of getting what you want. When, you go back to arenas, its a war again for tickets unless you have U2.com membership and first pre-sale access.

U2.com membership is the way to secure low priced tickets, especially if the band is playing arenas. Also its better to get membership while they have yet to plan the next tour, so you'll be in a better pre-sale category once they announce a new tour. If you wait to get U2.com membership when they announce a new tour, while you'll be better off, you'll still be waiting while other people are buying tickets in the earlier pre-sale groups.

While this certainly seems logical, and has been the way I have gone about securing tickets over the years, there are plenty of stories, including on this forum, of folks not being a member and having little issue getting tickets (legally) they have wanted.  I would be curious to see if the are any real studies to show advantage one way or the other with U2 or any other artist for that matter.

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2021, 02:16:34 PM »
This is where they lost me.

For I&E in 2015 at the o2 London standing tickets were £55 plus £9 fees, so £64 total.


For o2 London on the E&I tour £70 standing tickets price face, which was up from the £55 on the I&E tour with £10.25 in fees making total price £80.25.


This was a 27% rise on the face value and a 25% overall increase on total price of £64 in 2015 to 2018.

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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2021, 02:16:37 PM »
What this misses is that over time the lowest price tickets have gotten harder to get. I paid $55 to see them on 360 - a bargain considering it was a $100m stage. However, we have seen lots of reports of people being forced to pay huge prices on IE/EI because the cheap tickets sold out in minutes.

Lesson learned for the band: Zoo TV 2. I don't like the idea, but that's where we're headed

When I saw Radiohead last, the CC that was originally used to purchase the tickets had to be shown in order to enter the venue. Seems like a good way to cut down on the scalping problem.  :-\
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Re: U2 ticket prices in the United States per tour
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2021, 02:21:08 PM »
U2.com membership is the way to secure low priced tickets....

So if I sign up today and start paying $50 every year, then I get a shot at some cheap tickets when they tour again in 2023? I see no drawbacks to this logic!
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