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Luke Bryan $43.43      "Honda Civic Tour" $49.52      Galactic $30.42      Avenged Sevenfold $40.94      Chvrches $21.97      Lorde $42.00      Zedd $27.09      Papadosio $16.77      Skillet $27.91      Willie Nelson $58.88      Pretty Lights $37.83      Odesza $12.00      The Polish Ambassador $16.79      Tedeschi Trucks Band $53.42      Indigo Girls $40.11      Jack Johnson $51.35      Bassnectar $38.30      Umphrey's McGee $31.92      Steve Earle $44.57      Drake $78.84      Casting Crowns $30.91      Cher $90.43      Green River Ordinance $12.42      Blue Man Group $55.36      Sevendust $25.38      Vince Gill $61.69      Blitzen Trapper $19.29      Kanye West $85.60      Get The Led Out - The American Led Zeppelin $28.18      Tim McGraw $40.86      Neutral Milk Hotel $35.62      Straight No Chaser $42.36      Jim Gaffigan $46.24      Keb' Mo' $44.69      Steep Canyon Rangers $47.88      Marc Anthony $85.89      Celtic Woman $57.81      Goo Goo Dolls $35.22      Kari Jobe $26.19      Shakey Graves $13.82      ZZ Top $54.36      The Band Perry $42.55      Neko Case $34.66      Tommy Emmanuel $37.51      Randy Rogers Band $23.22      Hunter Hayes $33.11      Theresa Caputo $67.22      Gramatik $23.03      Dave Matthews Band $56.18      Shawn Colvin $46.34      
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Top Tours 2010

09:01 AM Wednesday 12/29/10 |   |

Presenting Pollstar's exclusive charts ranking the Top 50 Concert Tours for the 2010 calendar year.

One chart is based on just North American dates while our Worldwide chart is a ranking that includes all global tour dates. In addition to detailed data reported directly to Pollstar, these comprehensive charts include estimates on the missing dates.

These two charts are an advance of the release of Pollstar's concert industry analysis, more extensive Top 200 Tours chart, and a variety of global venue and promoter ticket sales charts which are due to be released in early January as part of our 2010 Year-End Special Edition.

  • Bon Jovi

    38th Annual American Music Awards, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, Calif.
    November 21, 2010

    (AP Photo)

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Bon Jovi No. 1

The Energizer Bunny known as Bon Jovi, which played 51 shows on this continent and 80 overall, grossed $108 million here and $201 million total. The AEG-promoted tour knocked out all competition by a wide margin.

Roger Waters and AC/DC take up the No. 2 spots.

AC/DC, which has been on a rock ‘n’ roll train since 2008, put on 40 shows worldwide; its $177 million income became the second-highest grossing tour worldwide. Waters launched the phenomenal Wall tour in Toronto and spent 2010 Stateside, landing the No. 2 slot for North America. And even with a midyear start, that tour has grossed almost $90 million playing multiple nights in 35 cities. (Waters could be globetrotting through 2012, Live Nation tour promoter Ron Delsener told Pollstar.)

  • Roger Waters

    St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.
    November 16, 2010

    (John Davisson)

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Rounding out the top 10 North American tours are Dave Matthews Band ($72.9 million), Paul McCartney ($61.8 million), Michael Bublé ($65.7 million), Eagles ($64.5 million), Lady Gaga ($51 million), James Taylor / Carole King ($50.7 million), The Black Eyed Peas ($50.5 million) and John Mayer ($49.9 million).

  • Dave Matthews Band

    North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, S.C.
    November 17, 2010

    (Jason Moore)

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Worldwide it’s Bon Jovi and AC/DC, then U2 ($160.9 million), Lady Gaga ($133.6 million), Metallica ($110.1 million), Michael Bublé ($104.2 million), “Walking With Dinosaurs” ($104.1 million), McCartney ($93 million), Eagles ($93.3 million) and Roger Waters, whose $89.5 million stateside still made The Wall Live one of the top-grossing tours worldwide.
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In Comparison

Here is what we can glean from a comparison with the same charts in 2009:

The Top 50 Tours Worldwide grossed a combined $2.93 billion which was down about 12% from last year's $3.34 billion. Total tickets sold was 38.3 million which was down about 15% or 7 million from 2009's 45.3 million. Total show count was down about 8% to 2,650. The only number to increase was the average ticket price which went up $2.86 or about 4%.

The Top 50 Tours North America grossed a combined $1.69 billion which was down about 15% from last year's $1.99 billion. Total tickets sold was 26.2 million which was down about 12% from 2009's 29.9 million. Total show count was down about 3% to 2,114. Unlike the Worldwide chart, the average ticket price in North America dropped $1.55 or about 2%.

  • John Mayer

    Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, Bethel, N.Y.
    August 4, 2010

    (Kevin Ferguson)

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The above numbers are all in line with what we were seeing throughout the year. Artists worked fewer shows in a tough business climate and those that overreached suffered the consequences. In general, the international concert business was stronger than in North America where overbooked and overpriced shows at outdoor amphitheatre venues made it an especially difficult year for Live Nation.

  • Lady Gaga

    Time-Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
    September 18, 2010

    (Chris McKay / WireImage.com)

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Click here for Pollstar’s Top 50 Tours Worldwide.

Click here for Pollstar’s Top 50 Tours North America.


Comments

  1. frankwheeler wrote:

    06:48 AM, Jan 12, 2011

    Waters was awesome. The Wall was just as great 30 years after the first time I saw it in LA. Followed closely by McCartney. And Ray Davies theater show was excellent.

  2. Wild At Heart wrote:

    02:46 PM, Jan 05, 2011

    For everything that happened economically, I still had a great year for my concert season.  The one thing I missed was when Live Nation stopped doing smaller shows which surprised me since those seemed to be the shows that always seemed to be sell outs.

     I started the year with Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Breaking Benjamin/Three Days Grace, Martina McBride and Bon Jovi for some big early shows.  The festival circuit in Detroit was nice despite the loss of Tastefest and the State Fair where I got to see Zac Brown Band, Macy Gray and many others for free.  I also went to Bayfest for Scorpions/Cinderella, Lansing for Sammy Hagar/Jimmy Cliff and Chicago for Crossraods.  AEG in my area put on a number of good shows as well as local venues the Ark, Magic Stick, Callahans, Crofoot, etc.

     Overall, I saw about 150 shows and had a good time.  The best bets always seem to be the odd shows like Billy Bragg @ the Ark or discounted lawn seats at Pine Knob (got good discounts for Amy Grant, Blondie, Boys Like Girls and Lilith Fair).  Tickets are too high in a lot of cases but if you work at it, you can always find something.  Make sure to look for shows at small venues and then check out myspace, youtube, etc to see how the band sounds.  Their are a lot of great little acts touring that sometimes outshine the bigger, higher priced names.

  3. Cajun77 wrote:

    08:22 AM, Jan 01, 2011

    One of the exceptions to the comments is that the Eagles play upwards of 3 hours.  Not that fixes the high prices, but maybe it makes it a little more tolerable.

  4. mrshark wrote:

    04:49 AM, Dec 31, 2010

     I agree with MrsRoberts.  There is only a few bands out there that keep there ticket prices reasonable.   I will not pay over 80 dollars for a show where the headliner is only going to play about 70 minutes.  That's not right especially for groups who have been around and are so damn wealthy they can do the shows for half the cost, if not for free.    

    Business and groups of people buy these tickets up ahead of time and scalp them through things like STUB-HUB and other outlets for much more money than what they paid for them.  

    Concerts are becoming a thing for the wealthy.  The normal working man doesn't have a chance.    

  5. Mrs.Roberts wrote:

    01:03 AM, Dec 31, 2010

    Concert tickets are hard to obtain with internet sales and people scooping them up and scalping them for higher prices.  My husband and I contemplate going to a concert and seeing what is available.  Nose bleed seating is unacceptable for the price.  Seeing our favorite bands seems a thing of the past now.  We haven't been to a concert in years due to high prices and tickets being unavailable.  A night out at a concert can cost up to $500 or more and I would rather get away for a weekend at a nice hotel than fork out money for two hours of entertainment.

  6. Saneaux wrote:

    01:23 PM, Dec 30, 2010

    from my personal perspective, 2010 was the worst year of the decade for tours...