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America’s Greatest Rock Band Aerosmith edges off the top-ten list for most sought after ticket based on average price. Ticket prices for the group’s Global Warming Tour average at $237.76. The tour is currently running a two bands for the price of one special with Cheap Trick featured on the tour as well. Fans will “Surrender” before Steven Tyler leads them to “Walk This Way” all for the price of one ticket. Aerosmith along with cheap Trick will rock out all the major arenas in the North America as the Global Warming tour dates run from late May until August.
9. Beach Boys
Nothing epitomizes summer culture more than the Beach Boys, and it is no surprise Beach Boys tickets are number nine for the top ten ticket prices this summer. With the average ticket price at $237.93 for the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour , that will send some “Good Vibrations” to your wallet. You might ask yourself if the boys still got it after 50 years, and that’s subjective, but the only way to surely find out is if you go there live and in person. Now “Wouldn’t it be Nice” if you could get a hold on some Beach Boys tickets before the summer sun dims to cloudy fall? With the unfortunate passing of several members like Dennis and Carl Wilson, this might be the last Beach Boys tour as the boys hang up their Hawaiian shirts for good. Try to catch any of the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour dates when they reach your location this summer.
8. Celine Dion
At number eight, we have the French-Canadian star famous the world over. With the rerelease of the movie Titanic, Celine Dion’s hit song for the movie “My Heart Will Go On” is gaining a new generation of listeners. That’s why it is no surprise Celine Dion ticket prices for her residency show simply called Celine at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace are $241.93 on average. In 2011 her show became the number one show in North America, much to the dismay of fellow Vegas act Carrot Top. The Canadian diva will be performing in the famous casino until 2014 for 70 performances a year, so that gives fans young and old plenty of time to plan a trip to Las Vegas and enjoy Celine Dion.
7. U.S. Open Golf
The U.S. Open will take place June 14th to 17th, and with 10 past U.S. Open winners, including Tiger Woods, the Olympic Club in San Francisco is sure to be flooded with spectators. With U.S. Open tickets averaging $247.29 for one day passes, this event makes it to the number seven spot and is the least expensive sporting event on this list. Enjoy as 156 players play in one of golf’s top competitions. Watch as three time U.S. Open winner Tiger Woods tries to come back from a struggling record marred by public scrutiny from a personal scandal. Watch as Rory McIlroy tries to become the first Northern Irish player to win back to back. U.S. Open tickets are already sold out for the first practice round.
6. Kenny Chesney
Country music superstar Kenny Chesney makes it to the list with tickets for Brothers of Sun of the Sun Tour selling for $279.82 on average. This makes it the top country music act on this list. Chesney and his band aren’t performing alone on this tour. Fellow country superstar Tim McGraw is also co-headlining the tour, as the Brothers of the Sun tour dates reach large stadiums all over the United States. Watch as the boys from Tennessee rock out with other artists like Grace Potter and Jake Owen. The star studded tour is sure to be one of the summer’s most amazing and fun events.
5. One Direction
No, you didn’t travel back to the late 90s, but boy bands are back. British pop group One Direction make it to number five of the list of most sought after tickets, and are the top boy band on this list (unless you can count Van Halen as a boy band). Tickets for the North American portion of the group’s Up All Night Tour average $324.80. The boys from London formed in 2010 on the original U.K. version of the X Factor and found instant success in their native country that almost immediately transferred over to the states. With youthful looks, singing talents, and British accents, it is hard for people not to be swooned over by these leaders of a new British Invasion of boy bands. Fans in North America who miss this summer’s tour have another chance next summer as the group will begin their 2013 world tour in February.
4. Van Halen
There is only one name that is synonymous with face-melting guitar playing, and that name is Van Halen. Van Halen tickets make it to number four on the list of most sought after tickets based on ticket prices with an average price of $337.57. This is one of the best Van Halen lineups to tour in years. A Different Kind of Truth Tour features David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and Alex Van Halen from the original lineup, as they rock major arenas in North America. Along with Eddie’s son and Alex’s nephew Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass, this makes it one of the most rocking family acts this summer. The group has postponed the last half of their tour to take a break from the nonstop touring. Fans in the southwestern United States lucked out with the group finishing off their tour for the summer in California, Arizona, and Texas. Van Halen fans everywhere else should pay close attention as new A Different Kind of Truth tour dates are announced.
3. The Book of Mormon
The multiple award winning musical is set to begin its U.S. Tour this fall, but Book of Mormon tickets in New York are still a hot commodity. Average prices for the comedic musical sell for $391. 77 and make it to number three on the list. It is also the only Broadway musical to make it on the list. The masterminds behind South Park Matt Stone and Trey Parker made their huge debut on Broadway with their critically acclaimed religious satire musical in 2011. The show has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. The Book of Mormon will be a main stay in Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, but will tour the country in late 2012 and in London in 2013.
2. Miami Heat
Move over Scarface. James, Wade, and Bosh are the new names synonymous with Miami. Watch as the Heat try to win their second NBA Championship and LeBron James tries to capture his first ring. Miami Heat tickets for games three, four, and possibly five are one of the hottest tickets (no pun intended) of the summer. The average Miami Heat home playoff ticket sells for $845. 28. Their NBA playoff series against the Thunder is sure to be one of the greatest displays of young talent with names like Wade, James, Durant, and Westbrook. American Airlines Arena is sure to be packed with fans in white waiting for King James to finally deliver the championship back to South Beach.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
Four years since moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City, the Thunder has become the best in the west by defeating veteran teams like the Mavericks, the Spurs, and the Lakers in playoff series. Durant, Westbrook, and Harden are now looking to become NBA Champions, and silence critics who have said this team is too young. This young and exciting team has created a large fan base in Oklahoma City and Thunder playoff ticket prices have soared past their flashy opponents in Miami. With an average OKC Thunder home playoff ticket selling at $999.92, they are the most sought after ticket based on price. Prices could go higher, especially when taking into account the age and longevity of the Thunder’s star players. So even if OKC Thunder fans can’t shell out the $999 this playoff season, they still have plenty of time to save up for many more playoff seasons.
|Top 10 Tickets||Venue||City||State||Avg Price|
|Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets||Chesapeake Energy Arena||Oklahoma City||OK||$999.92|
|Miami Heat Tickets||American Airlines Arena||Miami||FL||$845.28|
|The Book of Mormon Tickets||Eugene O’Neill Theatre||New York||NY||$391.77|
|Van Halen Tickets||Various||Various||Various||$337.57|
|One Direction Tickets||Various||Various||Various||$324.80|
|Kenny Chesney Tickets||Various||Various||Various||$279.82|
|US Open Golf Tickets||The Olympic Club||San Francisco||CA||$247.29|
|Celine Dion Tickets||Caesars Palace||Las Vegas||NV||$241.93|
|Beach Boys Tickets||Various||Various||Various||$237.93|