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Live Nation: More bargains to prop up the troubled summer concert season

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Called out on the relative stinginess of their "no-service-fees Wednesday" -- those initially only were for the lawn seats at the two big Live Nation amphitheaters in Tinley Park and East Troy, Wisc. -- the monolithic, would-be monopoly that is the giant national concert promoter is extending the deal to reserved seats as well as adding its Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island.

The press release reads, in part:

"No Service Fee Wednesdays - June 10th at 12:01 a.m., offering fans some of the lowest prices of the summer on all tickets in our Amphitheatres both Reserved and lawn tickets with no ticket service fees on any amphitheater show, and only at This will include all 4 packs, 6 packs and other special offers. Just added for all Charter One Pavilion shows."

A full list of the shows that might benefit Live Nation concertgoers this season (providing they buy tickets on a Wednesday) follows the jump. Meanwhile, it's worth a second look at how much some of those tickets still cost -- the promoter may be waiving service fees, but not its egregious per-person parking fees or other costs.

Jay-Z at Northerly Island, July 7: Base price, reserved seating: $129. Service fee: $18.50. No additional costs. Total six days a week: $147.50. Total on "no-service-fees Wednesdays": $129.

Coldplay at Alpine Valley, July 25: Base price, reserved seating: $97.50. Parking: $6. Service fee: $20.15. "Ticket Tax": $6.95. Total six days a week: $130.60. Total on "no-service-fees Wednesdays": $110.45 .

Brad Paisley at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Aug. 7: Base price, reserved seating: $53.50. Parking: $4.25. Service fee: $14. Total six days a week: $71.75. Total on "no-service-fees Wednesdays": $57.75.

First Midwest Amphitheatre

6/26 New Kids on the Block
6/27 Rock the Bells Tour featuring The Roots
6/28 The Fray w/ Jacks Mannequin
7/11 No Doubt
7/12 Kid Rock w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
7/17 Def Leppard w/ Poison & Cheap Trick
7/22 Cruefest 2 featuring Motley Crue
7/26 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival
8/1 Warped Tour
8/7 Brad Paisley
8/15 Blink 182 w/Fall Out Boy/Panic at the Disco
8/21 Nickelback
8/28 Aerosmith
8/30 Creed
9/26 Dave Matthews Band

Alpine Valley Music Theatre

6/13 Aerosmith
7/18 Dave Matthews Band
7/19 Dave Matthews Band
7/25 Coldplay

Charter One Pavilion

6/14 311 w/ Ziggy Marley
6/18 OAR w/ Robert Randolph
6/19 OAR w/The Wailers
6/20 The Offspring w/ Dropkick Murphys
7/7 Jay-Z w/ Ciara
7/10 Styx w/REO Speedwagon/.38 Special
7/19 Judas Priest w/ Whitesnake
7/21 Incubus
8/13 Jason Mraz
8/19 Heaven & Hell w/ Coheed & Cambria
9/1 Widespread Panic/Allman Brothers
9/2 Allman Brothers/Widespread Panic

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