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10. Nicki Minaj
The Trinidad-born and New York-raised Nicki Minaj is one of the hottest emcees in the world right now. Her lyrics border between risqué and downright insane, and her loud and powerful voice is only matched by her loud and powerful outfits. With more alter egos than the Marvel Universe, Nicki Minaj concerts are a mix of rapid rap flows, and poppy R&B melodies. After two months of performing overseas in her global Pink Friday Tour, Roman, Barbie, and Nicki herself are returning to North America. Tickets for the Young Money artist sell on average for $141. Nicki Minaj is one of hip-hops most impressive live acts and is the only hip-hop act on this week. She has a packed schedule ahead of her with performances in Detroit, Cleveland, D.C., and Atlanta this week.
9. Def Leppard
There were a lot of regretful things in the 80s: shoulder pads, Jersey hair, leg warmers. But the one thing 80s did right was the music, and one of that decade’s biggest groups was Def Leppard. Over 30 years since the release of their first album On Through the Night, the English rockers are still going strong with their Rock of Ages Tour 2012 with fellow 80s rockers Poison and Lita Ford. Listen to the band’s greatest hits like “Love Bites,” “Hysteria,” and of course “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Watch as one of music’s greatest drummers shows off more talent with one arm, than most other drummers can with two. With Def Leppard tickets selling on average for $144, that’s about $48 per band. Fans in the Niagara Falls area, Chicago area, and Omaha, Nebraska should dig out those Members Only Jackets, whip out the hairspray, and prepare to get some sugar poured on this week.
8. Neil Diamond
Pacific Northwest fans in Canada and the U.S. should get ready to see one of music’s shining diamonds. The hardest working singer-songwriter in music Neil Diamond will be in Calgary, Vancouver, and Seattle this week. Neil Diamond tickets sell on average for $165, which is a good deal on a diamond. Neil Diamond released his first album in 1966, and has hardly slowed down releasing continuous hits even until today. If you listen to any song by Neil Diamond, you’ll say to yourself, “I’m a Believer.” Come watch music’s oldest and greatest acts perform hits like “Sweet Caroline,” “Cherry, Cherry,” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” Neil Diamond is performing across western North America this summer on his Neil Diamond in Concert tour.
7. James Taylor
Singer-songwriters continue to dominate the list this week. Folk legend James Taylor is playing a series of shows this summer. “You’ve Got a Friend” this week with James Taylor tickets returning to the top-10 events list at number seven this week. Tickets sell on average for $165 this week, so buy them quick so you too can enjoy hits like “Carolina on my Mind,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” and “Fire and Rain.” The multiple-Grammy Award winner is hitting arenas across the United States in a summer long tour. There’s no better way to enjoy a hot summer night than an evening with the soft, relaxing sounds of James Taylor. Taylor will perform three shows in Missouri, and on show in Oklahoma, before heading off to play in the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado this week.
6. Rock of Ages
Hardcore musical lovers in New York and Chicago are in for a treat. The hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages will be performing this week in New York’s Helen Hayes Theatre and Chicago’s Water Tower Place – Broadway Theatre. The smash musical is Broadway’s most rocking stage performance. It’s no surprise this musical was adapted into a film this summer. For those who don’t know already, fans of 80s hair metal genre will love this musical because it features that decade’s greatest music from Bon Jovi, Journey, and Pat Benatar. With music this hard, it’s no wonder this act breaks down the fourth wall. Bust out the hair spray, and don your favorite torn jean jacket, this is one performance you don’t want to miss. Rock of Ages tickets sell on average for $173. The Tony Award-nominated musical is best known for its audience participation so don’t be shy to sing along to some of the 80s smash hits.
5. Vicente Fernandez
¡Damas y caballeros! ¡Aquí viene el rey! ¡El charro! ¡El orgullo de México! ¡Don Chente! ¡Vicente Fernández! Mexico’s greatest export has always been its music, and no other man personifies Mexican music, and Mexico itself, more than Chente. Fernandez’s success in Mexico has had no problem translating in other countries, especially in the U.S. in which he is has filled large arenas. Vicente Fernandez makes his long-awaited debut to the list. This week Fernandez will serenade audiences in Phoenix and Denver. These are just two stops on Fernandez’s U.S. farewell tour that will see the undisputed king of ranchera play packed stadiums across the U.S. Fernandez tickets sell on average for $185. With hits like “Volver, Volver,” “Por tu maldito amor,” and “El Rey” fans will be left in tears as they struggle to despedir su rey. The 72-year-old singer plans to retire after recording over 50 albums, selling over 50 million records, and starring in over 30 films.
The critically-acclaimed musical, based off the Wizard of Oz characters, is the top theatrical performance on the list this week. Wicked has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and won two including Best Actress. Wicked tickets sell on average for $191, and are one of the hottest theatre tickets around. Wicked will be presented live in front of audiences in New York, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ottawa, Ontario. This musical takes a look at the Wicked Witch of the West, and paints her as a misunderstood person, rather than the famous film’s notorious villain.
3. Kenny Chesney
Country music superstar Kenny Chesney rises to the number three spot on the list this week for his Brothers of Sun of the Sun Tour, but ticket prices have decreased to the average price of $194. This week the tour is headed to the Midwest as the Chesney performs gigs in Denver, Indianapolis, and Cleveland. Chesney is also the top country music act on this list. It’s a great deal considering fellow country superstar Tim McGraw is also co-headlining the tour. The Brothers of the Sun Tour is rocking large stadiums all over the United States. Watch as the boys from Tennessee jam 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, so get your tickets while prices are still low.
America’s Greatest Rock Band walks its way to the number two spot for most sought after tickets based on average price. Aerosmith is playing two concerts in their hometown of Boston, before heading off to Philadelphia for the weekend. Ticket prices for the group’s Global Warming Tour average at $206 this week. The Global Warming Tour is currently running a two-bands-for-one special with Cheap Trick featured as an opening act 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. With Aerosmith’s tour, and the New Kids on the Block reunion, there is a new resurgence in the Boston music scene. Only a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch reunion will make it feel complete.
1. Dave Matthews Band
“What Would You Say” if I told you that the Dave Matthews Band is on tour and coming to an arena near you? Dave Matthews Band tickets make it to number one on the list of top events this week. At an average price of $220, you can’t afford to miss the critically-acclaimed band jam across the United States. The Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour will end in September, but DMB fans shouldn’t fret. The band will release its eighth studio album http://www.davematthewsband.com/”>Away from the World on September 11th. People familiar with DMB live performances know that every concert isn’t the same, with the group improvising renditions of some of their popular hits like, “Satellite,” “Ants Marching,” and their new song “Mercy.” After 20 years of summer tours, the band took the summer of 2011 off, but now the group is back for summer 2012, making it one of the hottest events this week. This weekend, the band will make three stops in Florida, playing one show in Tampa followed by a two shows in West Palm Beach.
|Top Ten Events for the Week of July 16th||Avg Price|
|Dave Matthews Band Tickets||$220.43|
|Kenny Chesney Tickets||$194.48|
|Vicente Fernandez Tickets||$185.60|
|Rock of Ages Tickets||$173.64|
|James Taylor Tickets||$167.33|
|Neil Diamond Tickets||$165.79|
|Def Leppard Tickets||$144.77|
|Nicki Minaj Tickets||$141.28|