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Van Halen

Veteran rock band Van Halen will be hitting the road on Sunday, July 5, for the start of their North American tour. The band, which boasts a collective 40 years as a touring act, will feature David Lee Roth as their front-man and 16-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen (son of guitarist Eddie, and nephew of drummer Alex) as their bassist. They will be bringing Kenny Wayne Shepherd as their supporting act, as well.

The 40-date tour kicks off in Seattle, Washington, will criss-cross the continent, and will conclude on October 4 in Hollywood, California. This tour marks the third time this incarnation of the band has taken to the road as a unit, and previous tours have been notably successful. In 2012, the Different Kind of Truth tour grossed $54.4 million, according to the Billboard Boxscore, and ranked No. 8 among all tours.  Van Halen is used to touring indoor arenas, and so the amphitheater tour will be a bit of a change for them. Nevertheless, the tour should reel in their core fan base despite the fact that they will not be touring in support of any new material. Although it was a huge success, the band’s 2012 tour ended on a negative note after they were forced to cancel the 30-date final leg, and so their upcoming tour should be a positive effort in regathering fans.

On the secondary ticket market, ticket prices are competitive. Across the board, the average<>ticket price to see Van Halen is $208.61. The cheapest show available is their August 23 date at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For that show, tickets are going for an average of $128.99, with a get-in price of $35.  The most expensive date on the tour is their August 9 show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, where the average secondary price is $321.64, with a get-in price of $40.  Not far behind Holmdel’s pricing are Van Halen’s scheduled dates in Hollywood, California and Houston, Texas.

According to Billboard, LiveNation is projecting that the tour could gross more than $30 million and finish as one of the top-grossing outdoor tours of the summer. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise for the classic rockers to break new ground, given their past history on the road and their known ability to sell tickets.

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Grateful Dead

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Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, better known as The Rolling Stones, have kicked off their Zip Code Tour, which began on May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.

The 15-stop tour is scheduled to end July 15, with all shows taking place in North America. The price of Rolling Stones tickets varies from city to city, below are some of the most expensive and least expensive shows of the tour based on our sales numbers.

The first show at the aforementioned Petco Park was the most expensive tour stop on the secondary market, so it can only get better for fans wanting to see them in concert from here on out. Petco Park had an average ticket price of $563.94 with a get-in price of $175. This is the only show of the tour thus far (as of 5/27) that had an average ticket price over $400. From California to Milwaukee, the band’s June 23 show at the Marcus Amphitheater is the second-most expensive with an average ticket price of $393.42 and a get-in price of $122. To round out the top-three, the July 1 concert in Raleigh, North Carolina at Carter-Finley Stadium is the third-most expensive tour stop, averaging $382.07 for tickets, with a get-in price of $115.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the July 4 show at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana is the least expensive show. The average ticket price is $204.06, with a get-in price of $60. There are two other shows that have average ticket prices under $210, that being the June 3 show at TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota ($207.84, get-in $96) and the June 27 show at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, with special guest Ed Sheeran ($208.72, get-in $53).

The set list includes classic songs such as, “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like it),” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and more.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, the band’s 29 studio albums, 18 live albums and compilations have garnered fans from all over the world for over 50 years.

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