U2 tickets in 1981 and 2011: 30 years and $54.80 -- the difference of three decades

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U2 in 1981 in Denver
What a difference 30 years makes.

Below: the $3.20 ticket to see U2 in Denver in 1981, side-to-side with the $58 nosebleed ticket to see U2 this past Saturday at Invesco Field. To put this in perspective, if we counted for inflation, that $3.20 ticket would be about $7.58 today, according to one inflation calculator, which shows that Bono and crew need to charge a little extra for show, which has grown in size (see the gargantuan, crab-like claw-stage) at about the same rate as ticket prices. Note that date for the recent U2 concert is July 2010; the band had to reschedule for May 21, 2011 and those original tickets were honored.



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Bricklaters
Bricklaters

Jesus Christ Westword way to give U2 this much coverage, they really need it as a struggling local independent band. What a waste of time.

Victoria Petersen
Victoria Petersen

 Let's stop comparing apples to oranges (Rainbow vs. Invesco) and get over it.

Debbie
Debbie

 Show at Rainbow was far better. Get over THAT.

Zoester
Zoester

Hah... I got into the Rainbow show for free.... Saved myself $3.00!  Paid for half my beer on Saturday!  Woot!

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