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R&B legend Etta James dies at 73 in Riverside hospital
Radiohead, Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop to headline Coachella
Florence + the Machine, Bon Iver, Madness and dozens more slated for identical lineups on two April weekends. [Watch]
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Fox adds Jeffrey Osborne; Paul Rodriguez with Los Lobos
Comic and Grammy-winning band team to raise money for Cesar Chavez statue. [Watch]
Fox promoter Cathy Rigby adds reprise of Peter Pan role to lineup
B.B. King, Pat Benatar, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience and "The Matchmaker" also added to lineup. [Watch]
Identity electronic festival moved from Devore to Hollywood Palladium
Sept. 4 show to feature Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, Crystal Method, Pete Tong and more. [Watch]
Kaskade headlining two-day Nocturnal Wonderland at National Orange Show
Lineup features Avicii, Dirty South, Fedde le Grand, Sebastian Ingrosso and more. [Watch]
Crystal Method, Pretty Lights set for Identity Festival's Devore stop
General admission tickets $20 this weekend only. [Watch]
Partial fall lineup announced for Fox Performing Arts Center
Kenny Loggins, Jon Secada, Leon Russell, Dr. John and Howie Mandel [Watch]
PBS making cuts to staff; KVCR-TV remains local affiliate
Rascal Flatts' Flatts Fest to feature Sara Evans, Justin Moore in Devore
Luis Miguel, Rascal Flatts to play San Manuel Amphitheater
Judas Priest brings farewell tour to Devore
Tickets on sale Saturday for Oct. 22 show. [Watch]
Coachella to expand to two weekends in 2012
Tickets go on sale Friday; lineup has not been announced. [Watch]
Kirk Whalum added to Friday's Bob James show at the Fox
Upcoming shows include Weird Al Yankovic and Peter Frampton. [Watch]
Kris Kristofferson to replace Loretta Lynn at Stagecoach
Kanye West dominates final day of Coachella with powerful statement
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Tardy Cee Lo Green has his set cut short; arts shine. [Watch]
Sore throat doesn't deter Burt Bacharach at Fox Performing Arts Center
Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West headline Coachella 2011
Chemical Brothers, Cee-Lo, PJ Harvey and more on Indio bill. [Watch]
Riverside Art Museum features Members’ Mini Exhibition
Palin's daughter announces engagement; Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston back together
Lindsay Lohan to go to jail for 90 days: the "teachable moment"
Rock the Bells Festival set for National Orange Show Events Center
Review: Indio's 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival entertainers stranded by airport problems in Europe and the United Kingdom
Whitney Houston's comeback tour filled with problems
Eagles to reunite; band to perform at Ontario Citizens Bank Arena
2010 Coachella Music Festival includes some rule changes this year
Riverside's Fox Performing Arts Center opens; renovation finished
Abbey Road 2.0; recording studio best known as the musical home of the Beatles
CBS canceling "As the World Turns"
Storied soap will vanish from television. [Watch]
U2 brings massive crowd to the Rose Bowl
Fans estimated at 96,000. [Watch]
Phish Festival 8 at Empire Polo Field in Indio
Three-day festival begins this weekend. [Watch]
U2's Rose Bowl show opened with Black Eyed Peas
The night was a surprisingly intimate romance between the crowd and Bono. [Watch]
U2's Phoenix show includes McCain family in audience
Tour dazzles with huge claw containing lights, speakers and a circular video screen dropping into the middle of stadiums. [Watch]
Live Nation's latest bargain -- a club pass
Sure, there are a couple of catches, but it could turn into a great deal. [Watch]
OK, so now we feel sorry for Kanye
Near-tears apology on 'Leno' followed by word that Obama apparently called West a 'jackass.' [Watch]
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U2 brings massive crowd to the Rose Bowl
We knew last Sunday’s U2 show was going to set a record at the Rose Bowl, with an estimated 96,000 in attendance.
That’s why we got there before 11 a.m. and tailgated in the parking lot. Pretty much everyone got there reasonably early and chilled — of course, then it seemed like everyone decided to go into the stadium all at once. We anxiously pointed out to our friends how ironic it would be to have gotten there 10 hours early and then missed the start of U2’s set. (OK, we were a little panicky.)
According to Billboard, U2 not only set the record for the Rose Bowl but set a new record for a single-headliner concert in the United States.
Box-office totals show that 97,014 attended the Oct. 25 Rose Bowl show, thanks to the in-the-round staging on the 360 tour; that breaks the previous record of 86,145 set in 1987 at the since-demolished JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
The previous record-holder — U2, during the band’s Joshua Tree tour.
And the third-highest attendance number? That would also be U2, set in September in Maryland.
Pink Floyd is fourth with a 1994 show at Ohio State, and the Backstreet Boys are fifth for a 2000 date in Atlanta.
What’s really mind-boggling is that U2’s 1987 show grossed $1.5 million, while the Rose Bowl grossed $9.96 million.
So we pulled out our old ticket stubs just to see how much prices have gone up. We didn’t include additional charges, partly because it’s confusing and partly because it makes us steamed to pay so darn much extra for service charges.
Our first U2 show, at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago in 1984, was $12 general admission.
After they band had gotten a little bigger in 1985, admission to two shows at the University of Illinois, Chicago, was $13.50 each.
On the aforementioned Joshua Tree tour, we paid $16.50-$18.50 (and probably just a wee bit more for the two shows we saw in Dublin).
For ZooTV in ‘92, we paid $25-$31.
The night before prices were announced for the ‘97 Pop Mart tour, we had a terrible dream that tickets would be $50; we paid $52.50-$54.50 for floor, and seating was appreciably higher.
For Elevation in ‘01, we paid $30-$85 for a seat (we find it hard to believe we paid that much) and $45-$55 for the floor.
For Vertigo in 2005, floor was $49.50-$51.25, which was subsidized by the rich people in the pricey seats.
This time around, we’ve been paying $55-$56.50 for general-admission floor (though, thanks to service charges, the total for a pair of tickets for next June’s show in Oakland was $138.80). Prices for the 360 tour range from $30 to $250, not including the auction prices for the (RED) Zone on the floor near the stage.
Considering the show you get (those giant claw stages cost $40 million), being able to get in for $30 — and get close for $55 — is pretty reasonable. If we had $250 to spend on a ticket…. well, we’d go for the floor tickets and go four or five times, but that’s us.
– photo by Megan McLean
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