Average Ticket Prices
Alice Cooper $63.72      Styx $44.09      Brian Regan $47.01      Aaron Lewis $41.00      Dolly Parton $79.79      Celtic Thunder $58.89      "The Rock Hall Three For All" $33.26      Flatbush Zombies $22.20      Lettuce $26.69      Casting Crowns $33.07      Felly $19.01      Tommy Emmanuel $42.38      Twenty One Pilots $39.52      Third Day $35.98      Mary Chapin Carpenter $48.63      Pierce The Veil $26.75      Steven Curtis Chapman $33.11      Coldplay $96.32      August Burns Red $22.79      Bad Company $46.19      Buddy Guy $62.35      Meghan Trainor $42.81      Andrew Bird $39.04      Chris Tomlin $42.00      Straight No Chaser $46.85      The Infamous Stringdusters $27.58      Boston $54.10      Violent Femmes $33.80      Muuy Biien $8.97      Wynonna & The Big Noise $64.15      Cirque du Soleil - "Ovo" $64.64      Mumford & Sons $48.80      Journey $63.82      "Vans Warped Tour" $34.61      Theresa Caputo $63.58      J.J. Grey & Mofro $32.35      Charlie Wilson $68.18      Chris Botti $65.65      Elvis Costello $77.14      John Mellencamp $84.80      Tory Lanez $28.14      Tokyo Police Club $19.92      Miike Snow $28.27      Brett Dennen $25.86      Dweezil Zappa $43.79      Strfkr $20.51      Newsboys $26.13      Florida Georgia Line $45.80      Ron White $53.24      Robert Earl Keen $44.49      
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2010 By The Numbers (So Far)

09:51 AM Friday 7/9/10 | |

It’s no secret ticket sales are down compared to previous years, but do you have what it takes to stare into the numbers for the first six months of 2010 without flinching? You do? Then grab hold of something nailed to the floor.

While compiling Pollstar’s Mid Year Business Analysis and charts we discovered an approximate 15 percent drop in key concert industy indicators. While some geographical areas are doing better than others, mostly because of higher employment figures, current economic conditions appear to be affecting all markets regardless of size.

But it’s not exactly a complete, across-the-board drop in ticket sales. Larger shows are feeling the economic pain more than their smaller counterparts. What’s more, club shows are still attracting respectably sized audiences.

Of course, there are some tours that always do well. Paul McCartney can still play Mexico City and sell more than 100,000 tickets. But then, not everyone is a former Beatle.

Our Top 100 Tours for the first six months have a combined gross of $965.5 million, down $196.8 million, or 17 percent, from the same period one year ago. If you want to find a lower number you’ll have to go back to 2005 when the mid-year gross volume was $730.9 million.

To read Pollstar’s complete Mid Year Business Analysis, just click here for the PDF.

  • Paul McCartney

    Foro Sol / Autodromo Hernandez Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
    May 27, 2010

    (AP Photo)


Top 100 North American Tours

Everybody likes lists and we’re no different. We love lists showing who’s selling tickets, how much they’re selling tickets for and who’s winning and who’s, well, not doing so well.

When you add up all the tickets sold in North America for the first six months of 2010, Bon Jovi comes out on top, playing 38 shows in 28 markets and selling more than a half million tickets for a total gross of $52.8 million.

The James Taylor / Carole King tour nabs second place, playing 33 shows in 27 markets, selling just over 473,000 tickets for a total gross of $41 million. Taylor Swift comes in at third place, 39 shows in 30 cities, 556,331 tickets sold for a total gross of $34.2 million. Fourth place goes to Paul McCartney who played only seven shows in five markets, but sold 243,921 tickets for a total gross of $31.6 million.

And fifth place? That would be the George Strait / Reba / Lee Ann Womack tour, playing 20 shows in 20 cities, selling 344,186 tickets for a total gross of $29.8 million.

Also in the Top 100 are all the bands and artists you’d expect to be selling tickets, including The Black Eyed Peas (No. 6), Nickelback (No. 9), Jay-Z (No. 12), Eric Clapton (No. 14) and Brad Paisley (No. 16).

Want more? Sure you do. Click here for Pollstar’s Top 100 North American Tours and here for our Top 50 Worldwide Tours.


  1. tcktbastrdsux wrote:

    01:25 PM, Dec 29, 2010

    The reason Phish isn't on there is because Pollstar only ran the data from Jan 1st through June 30th of this past year.  Not exactly a full year's worth of data, PLUS Phish only played 14 shows at that point.  (Their first show of the year was June 11th, 2010).

    Phish is usually one of the top grossing acts of the year, every year because they do not require advertising to sell their tickets nor do they need expensive show accoutrements such as back up dancers and dresses made of meat to make their show better.  

    #1 Grossing Concert the night of the Millennium?  Phish at Big Cypress.  Boom!  Take that Eagles and Billy Joel who were #2 and #3 that night.

  2. gail g. wrote:

    08:28 AM, Aug 03, 2010

    Re:  Bon Jovi...wanting Bon Jovi experience, paid $350 about a year ago directly thru BJ fanclub & received:  guaranteed seat 1-15 rows on floor, large program signed by band members, lame "private party," laminate, etc.  The biggie...small group allowed to be up close & personal on stage w/Bon Jovi for 3 songs...actually we were on stage for 40+ minutes.  

    The 2010 tour offered similar perks EXCLUDING on-stage perk @ an OUTRAGEOUS price of $999 thru Clique.  Absolutely ridiculous!!!  

    Clique also handled Sugarland tickets.

  3. palmettoparrots wrote:

    07:53 AM, Jul 22, 2010

    Where's Jimmy Buffett? He's not even on their list.

    If anyone wants to blame someone for the current state of live music then blame the baby boomers for paying so much for Eagles/Streisand/McCartney/Buffett/etc. tickets over the last 5-10 years. Their overpayment drove ticket prices up for EVERYONE.

    Now all artists need to learn that those high price days are over. Use DMB or Jack Johnson as the model!

  4. Allegend wrote:

    01:10 PM, Jul 12, 2010

    I think the Eagles have played 28 shows so far this year. The shows grossed over $48,000,000, putting them at #2, not #33!

  5. JohnnyCotts wrote:

    10:25 AM, Jul 12, 2010

    To El Perro - It's great to keep on blaming Live Nation...I guess you never heard of a company called AEG...

  6. tikigrzz wrote:

    07:27 AM, Jul 12, 2010

    4 tickets to Bon Jovi (floor seats) $1510.  Parking $25, Concessions $65 ($1,600 total roughly).  Airfare for 4 and hotel from Chicago to Orlando for 5 days: $1,494

  7. Anonymous wrote:

    11:32 AM, Jul 11, 2010

    Y'all are really on top of things, it's a good thing you're the "industry leader".  The Eagles have played a lot more than six shows this year.  I can think of twelve shows they played this year, right off the top of my head, and that doesn't count the stadium shows with the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban.  I wonder what data you're missing for other tours?  If the data you're missing for the Eagles is anything to go by, your analysis of the business is probably completely wrong.  You probably ought to start over.  Seriously, we all know the economy stinks and ticket sales are down, but that's no reason to leave holes in your reporting that the Eagles entire touring company could drive through.

  8. viking40 wrote:

    10:25 AM, Jul 10, 2010

    Some of it has to do with the economy but maybe most of it is the lousy product the artist are putting out. Along with having to refinance you house to afford tickets, these are the major problems.

  9. dyrwolf wrote:

    05:50 AM, Jul 10, 2010

    Where is Phish?

    They obviously sold enough tickets to be on this list.

    The data used for this list is suspect.

  10. stratboy wrote:

    10:46 PM, Jul 09, 2010

    People are so stupid.

    It has nothing to do with big or small, it has to do with the fact that there are like 300 different "artists" just like Rhianna. And next week there will be another Diva lip-synching, with a bunch of people in costumes behind her.

    "Experts" just want to ignore the obvious: The acts people want to see are those that play instruments, write songs and put on a show that does not look like it was choreographed down to the last detail.

  11. Trainarollin wrote:

    01:20 PM, Jul 09, 2010

    Bon Jovi, yes. Those $1,800 tickets add up. But look at it this way, those people got to take home the chair and all the root beer and potato chips they could put in their purse. The ones who paid $700 for mid side section seating, they suplement their ticket cost by filling up their coat pockets with arena mustard.  Take it home for the kids.

  12. DeltaSigChi4 wrote:

    12:48 PM, Jul 09, 2010

    Bon Jovi? Really?