Nashville may be “Music City” but Los Angeles is certainly giving it a run for it’s money, with a plethora of world-class acts piling into the Entertainment Capital for the month of October to finish out an incredible year of live music for the City of Angels.
Find out which artists topped our list of Top 10 Concerts in Los Angeles for the month after the jump.
1. Kanye West
10/26/13 & 10/28/13 – Staples Center
Average Price: $385
It comes as no surprise that Kanye West is ahead of the pack, as the number one hottest ticket in Los Angeles for the month of October. His Yeezus Tour, with LA native Kendrick Lamar, will span over more than 25 cities from October to December, and is one of the most anticipated tours of the year. In fact, due to the high demand for tickets, West added a number of dates, including two more shows in New York City. The self-titled “number one rock star on the planet” has yet to tour solo since his Glow In the Dark Tour of 2008, with his last trek being the 2011 Watch the Throne Tour with co collaborator Jay-Z. Kanye will be performing two nights in Los Angeles. For Saturday Kanye tickets, a seat in Staples Center range from $113 in the 300 level to a whopping $5577 for a suite; tickets are slightly cheaper for Kendrick Lamar-less Monday show, with the cheapest 300 Level seat being $85, and $5477 for an 18-seater box. Despite a fleury of controversy stirred up by West’s recent interview on BBC, the “Yeezus” album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard charts in June, marking the controversial artist’s sixth No.1 album. Kim Kardshian will join Kanye on his North American Tour, to 23 cities, with baby North West in tow.
2. Jason Aldean
10/19/13 – The Hollywood Bowl
Average Price: $348
Although Los Angeles doesn’t exactly have the highest concentration of country music lovers, Jason Aldean seems unstoppable, ranking second for the hottest tickets in LA. Jason Aldean tickets for his Hollywood Bowl show range from $71 – $202. His work doesn’t stop there however; as Aldean tweeted yesterday, a poster and trailer for his upcoming acting debut in the movie “Sweetwater” premiering October 9th. Perhaps another avenue for the celebrated country artist to travel down after his Night Train Tour closes.
3. Atoms for Peace
10/16/13 – The Hollywood Bowl
Average Price: $317
The relatively recently formed rock super group Atoms For Peace, features Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producers Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker from R.E.M., and Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark, will be returning to their place of origin with a concert in Los Angeles to promote their debut album Amok released in February of this year. The concert will be sure to be a grand musical experience, as their shows were designed to be exhilarating arena rock performances featuring electronic synthesizers, fleeting rhythms, and raw vocals. Yorke recently made headlines when he introduced himself as Jay-Z, and Flea as Beyoncé last night in Philadelphia; although they may not be as well noted as the famous celebrity couple, the rock super group definitely has star power, as Atoms for Peace tickets for Wednesday night average at $317, the lowest price being $103, and up to $573.
4. Zac Brown Band
10/26/13 – The Hollywood Bowl
Average Price: $311
Los Angeles is known for its diversity, with people of all walks of life populating it’s sunny streets. The extent of LA’s diversity perhaps lies in the variety of musical acts that receive just as much attention as some of hottest stars on the red carpet. One such group is the Zac Brown Band, who are coming to Los Angeles at the end of October. ZBB tickets for their show range from $65 – $279. Lead singer Zac Brown recently spoke out about feeling “ashamed” of the current state of country music being too “daisy duke”, and in an attempt to reaffirm true country music, ZBB is hosting their second annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville. Arguably the biggest name in country music right now, the boys only seem to be growing in popularity, and reaching a larger fan base, as they just reached their one-millionth twitter follower last week.
10/12/13 & 10/13/13 – Staples Center
Average Price: $301
Pink Los Angeles tickets for Saturday are priced at $68 to a pricey $5876 for a suite, while Sunday night tickets are higher with a starting price of $73 for the 300 Level, and up to $5179. Pink is reigning as pop princess, as she recently broke the record for most shows played in Melbourne ‘s Rod Laver Arena (18) and selling over 600,000 tickets in Australia, which has proven to be her biggest fan market, with 46 arena shows. She is now in the midst of her domestic leg for the Truth About Love Tour, with baby Willow and hubby Carey Hart joining her.
6. Depeche Mode
10/2/13 – Staples Center
Average Price: $293
Known as the “Grandfathers of EDM”, Depeche Mode was formed over 30 years ago, and is still going strong today, lining up three Staples Center shows after 13 albums. Depeche Mode Los Angeles tickets for their September weekend dates are priced higher, with the average ticket being $395 (higher than the average Kanye West ticket) on Saturday the 28th, and $304 on Sunday the 29th. For their mid-week, Wednesday October 2nd concert, Depeche Mode tickets average at $293, and range from $70 in the 300 level, to $4681 for box seats. The trio’s prevalence in pop music has spanned over three decades, and they have managed to stay on top of the music scene with their innovative electronic and synthetic-pop sound, influencing artists such as Coldplay, Linkin Park, the Killers, and Frank Ocean and Rihanna. Depeche Mode is staying more current than other artists, asking fans to document their tour on Vine under #DMtour.
7. Lionel Richie
10/18/13 – Hollywood Bowl
Average Price: $243
From his Commodores roots to a successful solo career, Lionel Richie has remained one of the smoothest original voices of R&B and is internationally known as an expert performer and multiple GRAMMY winning artist; he is another singer with immense influence across genres, so it comes as no shock that his All the Hits, All Night Long Tour prevails among top ten concerts to attend. Dubbed the “king of R&B pop”, Richie has not trekked a major North American tour since the Twenty Four Seven Tour with Tina Turner in 2000, instead opting to play numerous private shows, working in the studio and taking things slow. Lionel went on tour in Europe last year to promote “Tuskegee”, a homage to his hometown in Alabama, marking his tenth studio album. Lionel Richie tickets for Richie’s Friday night show range from a reasonable $54 to $896 for garden box seats.
8. Brian Wilson
10/20/13 – Greek Theater
Average Price: $233
Brian Wilson, the principal vocalist for the iconic, Beach Boys, is now teaming up with legendary English guitarist Jeff Beck for the North American leg of his tour. This California boy may still be a little sour, after the Beach Boy’s messy split post last year’s 50th Anniversary Tour, as he refused to comment on the matter. Nonetheless, Wilson will be joined by members of the original band, AJ Jardine, David Marks, and now Blondie Chaplin for a handful of shows—all that is missing is estranged front man Mike Love to make the group whole again. Brian Wilson tickets for the Los Angeles show at the Greek Theater range from $76 to $402 Sunday night.
9. Danny Elfman
10/29/13 – 10/31/13- Nokia Theater LA Live
Average Price: $232
Classical music definitely has a place in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall hosting a myriad of renowned composers, one such musician is eclectic film score composer Danny Elfman, who has proliferated an impressive portfolio, namely for director Tim Burton. Elfman will bring the simultaneously ghoulish and charming music of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and Alice in Wonderland to life just in time for All Hallows Eve. Danny Elfman tickets for the Halloween night show reportedly sold out within 12 minutes on the primary market, stimulating Elfman to appear twice more in Los Angeles. Danny Elfman will be conjuring spooky and fun melodies for three consecutive nights at Nokia Theater at LA Live; tickets range from $147 to $377 on Tuesday October 29th and jump to $103 – $520 on Thursday, Halloween night.
10. Bon Jovi
10/11/13 – Staples Center
Average Price: $224
Despite having to postpone a show in Mexico City, following drummer Tico Torres’ emergency appendectomy, Bon Jovi will still be rocking away on his Because We Can Tour. Although he has graduated from his iconic hair metal look, Jovi hasn’t lost his expert vocal stylings and raucous performances. The tour is in support of the band’s twelfth studio album “What About Now”, but songs such as “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Dead or Alive” and “Always” will seem to always pull in a large sea of fans, as Bon Jovi tickets range from $30 to a pricey $2888 for a box suite at Staples Center.
A concert just missing the top ten cut is Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson. Despite both artist’s media coverage and widespread radio play, Maroon 5 Los Angeles tickets prices for their Sunday, October 6 show at the Hollywood Bowl average out to $223.
Image Credits: Nousha Salimi (Kanye), USO Blog (ZBB)