Fans will go to any length just to see their favorite music artists live in concert. They will go to the extent of driving thousands of miles and even traveling abroad just to witness their idols in action. And sometimes, witnessing a concert may just change a person’s life. Which Beatle fan that got to see their last concert in 1966 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park will ever forget what happened? Those who got to see Woodstock in 1969 and Live Aid in 1985 talk about the concert as an experience and not just an event.
Sometimes, however, concerts may cost an arm and a leg just for a ticket. Excluding tickets that got sold at black markets and at charity auctions, here is a list of artists with the most expensive concert tickets ever sold. Only the average price of the tickets is considered here and concerts that feature various artists are not listed.
10. Barry Manilow – $429.25
Ne-Yo summed it up for us when he sang, “…so sick of love songs, so sad and slow. So why can’t I turn off the radio?” He was probably talking about the songs of Barry Manilow, one of the sappiest composers of love and heartbreaks that there could be. He hit it big back in the 70s and early 80s with songs like “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Weekend in New England,” “Ready to Take a Chance Again” and “Somewhere Down the Road.” While he has not really had a hit since then, people still love listening to his songs. His concert in New York had an average ticket price of $429.25.
9. Celine Dion – $442
Celine Dion has sold over 200 million records around the world. She was once presented with the Chopard Diamond Award at the World Music Awards for being the best selling female artist of all time. She also has the distinction of being the best selling Canadian artist of all time and of having the best selling French album of all time in “D’eux,” which was released in 1995. She was the voice behind the theme song of the monster hit movie entitled “Titanic.” The song entitled “My Heart Will Go On” went to number one in several countries around the world.
8. Elton John – $457.63
Elton John is one of the most successful artists of all time. He has been the recipient of six Grammy Awards, one Oscar, one Tony, one Golden Globe and four Brit Awards. He has sold more than 250 million records around the world. The 1997 release of his song “Candle in the Wind,” which was dedicated to his late friend Princess Diana, sold 33 milliion copies and is the best selling single in the chart history of the United Kingdom. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, John is also heavily involved in the fight against the AIDS virus.
7. David Foster – $497.90
David Foster is a Canadian songwriter and producer who has crossed over several genres, including pop, classical, gospel, pop rock and R&B. He has worked with a variety of musical artists, including Bryan Adams, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Beyonce Knowles, LeAnn Rimes, Seal, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and a whole lot more. He has gotten 47 Grammy nominations, winning a total of 16 times.
6. Shania Twain – $595.00
Shania Twain is considered to be the Queen of Country Pop. She is the second best selling artist of Canada, after Celine Dion. She has sold more than 20 million records around the world. She has been the recipient of five Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter Awards. She is the first female artist to have had three straight albums reach diamond status as certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.
5. Jackie Evancho – $624.00
Believe it or not, Jackie Evancho has sold out concerts in New York City with an average ticket price of $624 before she even became a teenager. She first got noticed on YouTube, before she placed second in season five of “America’s Got Talent.” She is the youngest top-10 debut artist and the youngest solo artist with a platinum record when she released the EP entitled “O Holy Night” in 2010. She also has had a platinum album.
4. Luis Miguel – $693.00
Luis Miguel is an icon in Spanish-speaking countries and has been a major draw in the Las Vegas concert circuit. He is often called “El Sol de Mexico (The Sun of Mexico).” He has won five Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards. Proof of his popularity in the United States is that two of his Spanish-language albums, namely “Romance” and “Segundo Romance,” has gone platinum. He also has the highest grossing tour ever by a Latin artist.
3. Donny and Marie Osmond – $750
Donny and Marie Osmond are two of the younger siblings of the singing Osmond family. They used to have their own variety show back in the late 70s and talk show in the late 90s. Their Christmas concert in Chicago sold out despite the steep average ticket price of $750. At the time of the debut of their variety show, they had the distinction of being the youngest entertainers to have their own show.
2. Rod Stewart – $784.00
Rod Stewart is known for his raspy renditions of songs. He has had scores of hits, including classic rock songs like “Maggie May,” “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It,” “You’re in My Heart,” “I Was Only Joking” and the Sutherland Brothers’ original called ”Sailing.” He then released remakes of classic old songs in “The Great American Songbook” series.
1. Sting – $1,073.83
His silver anniversary and 60th birthday concert in New York cost an average of more than a thousand bucks per ticket. Fans got the chance to see him sing all his hits from his days with his band Police to his career as a solo artist. That is around four decades worth of songs, from “De Do DoDo” and “Every Breath You Take” to “Fragile” and “Fields of Gold.”