Music Article

Summer's End?

Big acts are launching tours at summer's end -- The Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, and the Eagles are all revving up

Even as another summer concert season winds down, several big-ticket acts are launching tours — with wallet-busting ticket prices. Consider these alternative ways to better spend your benjamins.

THE ROLLING STONES 8/21-1/23 $450 FOR FLOOR SEATS

That kind of cash will get you 20 gallons of Midnight Ebony semigloss. Finally, you can fulfill your fantasy of painting all the red doors in your neighborhood black.

U2 9/20-12/19 $165 FOR FIRST-LEVEL SEATS

For $165 (that's 1,494 Ethiopian birr), you can feed hundreds of starving children in Africa. If you'd rather be a ''socially conscious'' fashionista like Bono, buy a pair of natural hemp jeans from his vanity clothing line, Edun.

PAUL McCARTNEY 9/16-11/30 $250 FOR FLOOR SEATS

Why not get to know Sir Paul in a more holistic way? For the price of a ticket, you can purchase 75 pounds of organic tofu, enough to sculpt a life-size replica of the Cute One himself. Eat like a rock star — by eating a rock star!

EAGLES 8/11-10/22 $175 FOR FLOOR SEATS

Throw in an extra $75, and you can sponsor a real eagle from the American Eagle Foundation and name him Joe Walsh. He won't be able to solo as well, but might arguably be more articulate.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2005 Published in issue #833 Aug 12, 2005 Order article reprints