What Touring Slowdown? The Eagles Add Four More Sphere Residency Dates Amid ‘Overwhelming Demand’

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The Eagles (pictured) have extended their Sphere residency into December amid ‘overwhelming demand.’ Photo Credit: Mark Tepsic

What touring-sector slowdown? The Eagles are flying high ahead of their forthcoming Sphere residency, which has added another four dates “due to overwhelming demand.”

Live Nation reached out with word of the expansion, which, along with the four previously unveiled additional shows, means the Eagles’ Sphere residency has doubled in size from eight originally planned concerts.

As the carefully scheduled performances will take place exclusively on Fridays and Saturdays, the residency, expected to kick off on September 20th, is now set to run into mid-December. (There’s also a roughly month-long break separating the final November show and the first December concert.)

For the time being, fans can only purchase “experience and hotel” packages for the newly revealed December dates; standalone tickets’ pre-sale is poised to begin on July 9th, with the general on-sale initiating three days thereafter.

Regarding the availability of these December experience and hotel packages, which start at $1,051 (the basic option) or $1,451 (the VIP alternative) per person based on double occupancy, evidently eager Eagles fans have already scooped up all the “reserved floor seat” tickets for the December dates.

Said tickets were priced at $1,179.92 a pop for December 6th and 7th and $1,219.60 for the 13th and the 14th. While the other experience and hotel options were on the table for December at the time of this writing, the first 12 dates were completely sold out, according to the relevant page.

Shifting the focus to non-hotel tickets, the majority of passes looked to be sold out – though several far-side floor seats, in a reminder of the venue’s one-of-a-kind characteristics, remained purchasable for comparatively low prices.

Returning to the initially mentioned touring slowdown, the strong commercial showing of the Eagles’ Sphere residency appears to attest to the multifaceted nature of the apparent downturn. There’s no denying that a number of venues and festivals are struggling, nor is the growing list of high-profile tour cancellations up for debate.

But fans are still flocking to different live performances – with Justin Timberlake’s Forget Tomorrow World Tour having somewhat astonishingly moved north of one million tickets as of late May, for instance. (Of course, the “Selfish” artist has since generated a multitude of less positive headlines.)

Certain acts born in the current century, 21-year-old Olivia Rodrigo and 22-year-old Billie Eilish chief among them, seem to be finding success with their own tours. (The latter won’t hit the road until September, but more than a few of the stops are listed as sold out.)

Through 2024’s second half, it’ll be worth closely monitoring the sales results of other massive outings, like Sabrina Carpenter’s arena tour, for possible indications of the broader sector’s health.