CHICAGO — The nation's most sought-after concert of the summer is U2's Chicago date at Soldier Field, says the ticker broker service Stubhub.
Stubhub did not release any data for that June 3 show but a quick look at the site Monday morning finds that while single seats can be had for around $111, a pair of seat begins at $182 for each ticket. Likewise, two seats together on the side of the stage are priced at $1,550 each.
Tickets for the Soldier Field show on June 4 are lower.
Demand for U2's 13-stop "The Joshua Tree" tour is the highest in the nation, followed by Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Tom Petty and Lady Gaga, Stubhub said.
U2 lead singer Bono has over the years lamented ticket scalping for the band's shows. "I've even said from the stage, 'Don't pay those prices.' But they do," he told Rolling Stone in 1987.
The U2 tour kicked off this weekend in Vancouver. In Seattle on Sunday, the band was joined by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. The show lasted two hours, according to the Seattle Times.
U2 started the concert on a small stage, "lighted simply as if it were playing a club," and performed songs from albums before “The Joshua Tree,” the New York Times said, including “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “New Year’s Day” and “Pride (In the Name of Love).” For “The Joshua Tree” album, played in full, the band performed from a full-sized stadium stage.
In terms of music festivals, Lollapalloza is the third most in demand, after the CMA Music Festival in June in Nashville and BottleRock Napa later this month in northern California, Stubhub said.