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HEADLINE: Concert does Fleet business Reunion show tix go for high price

BYLINE: By Mark Harden, Denver Post Popular Music Writer

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Last night's reunion concert by Fleetwood Mac was Denver's hottest concert ticket in years - perhaps ever, said local ticket brokers.

Hours before the show at McNichols Sports Arena, tickets were selling for as much as $ 175 a seat.

Brokers said front-row seats were going for $ 500 this week.

The tickets originally sold for $ 66, $ 44 and $ 27.50 plus service charges.

"This has been the biggest concert ticket in this town ever, in terms of ticket price," said Jack Stirman, owner of Premier Tickets of Aurora, which was selling tickets for $ 175 apiece.

The best-known lineup of Fleetwood Mac - Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and Christine and John McVie - reunited this summer for the first time in a decade.

The pop-rock band's 1977 album, "Rumours," is one of the biggest sellers in history.

Brokers attributed the ticket demand to the group's appeal to baby boomers with bulging wallets.

"You get these reunions with these '70s bands and you get a little marketing scheme behind them and     you get big demand," Stirman said.

"I don't think it's worth it, but it's the nostalgia."

Rock&Jock Tickets of Lakewood was selling tickets in the first 10 rows for $ 175.

"I'm trying to think of another concert that would have compared with this," an order taker said.

Specialty Tickets of Englewood was offering 10th-row seats for $ 155 each Wednesday.

And at 1 p.m., Prime Time Tickets of Englewood had only one pair of tickets left priced at $ 150 apiece.

"Usually when you look at reunion tours, the reaction is huge," said Prime Time spokesman Jeff Sobieck said, recalling recent comeback concerts by the Eagles, Steely Dan and the Who.

Last-minute demand for Fleetwood Mac tickets was even greater than for the Eagles' much-anticipated 1995 visit to Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, brokers said, largely because the Eagles did three shows.

Ticket brokers are banned in the city of Denver, but operate legally in some neighboring counties.

Mark Harden is The Post's popular-music critic.