Bon Jovi Wells Fargo Center Tickets Slashed to $22

When rock icons get discounted.


Doylestown native Pink sold out her December 6th Wells Fargo Center show way back in September. But aging rock icon Jon Bon Jovi isn’t having quite the same draw for his November 5th show at the venue. Tickets are being discounted to $22.

The website Travelzoo announced the deal on Monday morning to its subscribers, with savings of up to 40% off the regular ticket prices. Seats in sections 203 to 210A are being offered for $22, marked down from the regular price of $36.50, and it’s rather shocking that blue-collar draw Bon Jovi can’t sell some of the cheapest seats in one of his biggest markets without dropping the price.

Meanwhile, seats in sections 103, 104, 110 and 111 will set you back $82, down from $126.50. So those people trying to sell marked-up tickets in 110 on StubHub for $425 (each!) are probably going to be out of luck.

The discounts are part of a growing trend in the struggling concert industry, where promoters find themselves desperate to fill seats and avoid huge losses. Over the summer, Groupon promoted a 49-percent-off deal for a Backstreet Boys concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Heart couldn’t even fill the Tower Theatre this time last year without cutting prices for some seats by half. And it’s not just concerts for the (slightly) older set that are being affected: Groupon also posted tickets for Ke$ha at Festival Pier for a 50-percent discount.

But don’t worry. With all these discounts being offered, you’ll probably still get screwed by “fees.” In the Bon Jovi deal offered by Travelzoo, said fees work out to at least $12.10 per ticket plus $7 per order and a $3.25 delivery fee, for a total $22.35 in fees for a single-ticket purchase. In other words, your $22 ticket will cost actually cost you $44.35. Yep, the fees are more than the ticket itself. So somebody is still getting rich.

Here’s a video of Bon Jovi performing “Wanted Dead or Alive” at the Spectrum in 1989, back in the days when the band could easily sell out an arena and no one thought that ticket fee markups of 101.5 percent were somehow morally permissible. Rock on.

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  • Denise Rambo

    There are a lot of events that I would LOVE to attend but the fees put the price out of my comfort zone.

  • harleychick1953

    If Richie Sambora was touring with Jon it’d be a different story. Without that chemistry that Bin Jovi fans crave it’s not even close to being the same show.

  • DualLeads

    What a misleading piece.

    And, sorry to burst some people’s bubbles, but the discounted ticket program has **ZILCH** to do with the Sambora situation; how quickly people forget that – even in the ole’ King of Swing’s absence – the tour is the biggest, highest-grossing tour for anybody in 2013, so put your pom-poms down, grasp a little dose of reality, and give these guys the credit they deserve. They’re still putting on GREAT SHOWS!!!!!!
    Writer’s an ass, concentrating on all the negatives of the tour, when there’s plenty of positives to go around…

    • yinyang2

      hey, are you the lead filling in for the ‘ole’ King of Swing’ while he’s absent? lol

      • DualLeads

        Somehow I think you’re the only one laughing deep in a really big forest.
        Truly a remark as fully ridiculous as the article itself.

    • Annonymoose

      Wrong, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney outsold Bon Jovi by a country mile. Look it up on Pollstar

      • trevor baldwin

        cannot remember taylor swift or kenny chesney selling out stadiums in the uk and europe.

      • DualLeads

        Sorry – Swift & Chesney’s Pollstar rankings appear to be for North American dates only.

    • vfiorillo

      DualLeads: Point out one fact that is wrong in the article.

      • DualLeads

        Good evening!
        Who said anything about wrong facts? What you DID manage to do was skew the article and suck people in by implying ALL tickets were slashed, which makes for a grabby headline. Unfortunately you seized that opportunity to interject failed humor in your assault on Bon Jovi (and others), while avoiding a worthwhile storyline highlighting the positive accomplishments of the tour.

        • vfiorillo

          Right. If you’re stupid enough to buy full-priced tickets as opposed to the discounted tickets, that option is available to you.

  • Ben

    Went to the show in chicago the other day. Sold out!

  • notbjanymore

    Oh shut the Frig up…..they always sold out back to back nights at Philly before….the break up seems to have fueled two camps….the Bon Jovi as we have loved them for30 yr fans…or you jackasses whining about whaaa how great they still are even without Richie! Sit for an hour and watch a few old videos and tell me it doesn’t suck it will never be like that again. Band of Brothers my ass!