Last week, Live Nation, the world's largest concert company, lost two of the biggest tours of the summer. First Bono's back went out, causing the postponement until 2011 of the U2 stadium trek that was supposed to play Lincoln Faninncial Field on July 12. And then Christine Aguilera, whose new hipster friendly Bionic comes out next Tuesday, cancelled the summer tour slated for the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on July 22 after ticket sales were weak. Add that to the cancellation of the Eagles/Dixie Chicks/Keith Urban June 14 outing at Citizen's Bank Park (which also was suffering from poor sales), and you've got a serious shortage of oversized outdoor dates on the Philadelphia-area docket this summer.
To try to assure that they do move the ducats for the open air shows that are going on, Live Nation has launched a promotion for the month of June that cuts out the notorious and nefarious service fees added to ticket prices for many outdoor venues across the country. Among them: the Susquehanna in Camden and the Festival Pier on Penn's Landing. This applies to all tickets purchased in June, regardless of the date of the performance. Among the shows coming up that a few bucks can be saved on, there's the Roots Picnic, this Saturday at the Festival Pier, and Brad Paisley (that's him) at the Susq on June 19, and Phish there on June 24 and 25.
This also applies to shows at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, including She & Him on July 2 and Gaslight Anthem on July 29, as well as Susq shows later in the summer, like Lilith Fair on July 28 and Rihanna on August 18.
You've got to go to LiveNation.com to get the deal. And don't get your hopes up too high for a super-bargain: The announcement takes pains to mention that "parking, shipping and other 'non-service fee' costs may apply."