Can I say, very quietly and not as any sort of complaint, that I am feeling a little bit ill at the prices that you are all talking about. They might be all understandable etc, but they are still huge to me. $90 is one of the cheap ones? If the prices are similar in the UK I will not be able to go. I thank my lucky stars (and Josh) that I was able to go to the wonderful pre-concert in London. It was an amazing (and reasonably priced) experience that I will never forget, and is starting to look like it might be my only chance to see him.
And yes, there are a lot of expenses in there, but you are talking of many thousands of seats per venue. That adds up pretty fast, and I'm thinking there are people who will be raking it in somewhere.
Julia, the prices vary by venue, but I think much of what they are talking about are the 'package deal' prices. Apparently the front row seats are all $300 and up (!! out of MY league). Then most? all? of the seats in rows 2-?? are reserved for the gold and silver packages, that apparently also include cutesy memorabilia crap, access to junk food snacks, and access to sale tables of official merchandise without being trampled by thousands of other fans at the venue. I'm not sure on the package stuff; I can't find the descriptions here (I am basing my comments on descriptions of the Awake tour "VIP packages"), so don't know if it was supposed to be a FOJG thing or what. After THAT, there are two levels of regular seat prices. I think the lower cost (less desirable) tickets are in the $55 -$75 range, and the higher cost tickets are in the $80-$90 range, but then there are venue taxes, venue fees, ticketmaster fees, etc. that add $10-$15 or more to the cost of each ticket.
It does sound like someone, somewhere, is raking in an awful lot of money, but people at every level -- the venues, the promoters, etc. -- deny it.