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Elton John $104.17      Panic! At The Disco $34.27      George Thorogood & The Destroyers $48.66      Reverend Horton Heat $21.52      Brit Floyd $40.20      Doobie Brothers $53.89      Ingrid Michaelson $28.84      Chvrches $23.18      Amy Schumer $42.72      Jason Aldean $47.76      Blake Shelton $50.68      Phillip Phillips $39.85      Kirko Bangz $22.78      The English Beat $26.82      ThePianoGuys $45.93      Switchfoot $22.80      Shakey Graves $15.01      Rising Appalachia $15.50      Pat Metheny Unity Group $61.42      John Hiatt $59.10      Tobymac $32.10      George Lopez $55.31      Alice In Chains $49.44      Falling In Reverse $20.27      Tim McGraw $41.77      Tommy Emmanuel $39.66      Bombay Bicycle Club $23.80      Lake Street Dive $19.89      Paper Diamond $21.14      The 1975 $20.49      3 Doors Down $41.20      Memphis May Fire $18.53      Britney Spears $152.16      Railroad Earth $28.56      Goo Goo Dolls $43.85      Styx $40.54      Michael Bublé $85.88      Demi Lovato $46.54      Foreigner $40.69      Enrique Iglesias $81.30      Chromeo $30.45      Luke Bryan $50.65      Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers $19.84      Ron White $51.75      Katy Perry $105.95      Celtic Woman $57.76      Lady Antebellum $55.12      The Wild Feathers $14.47      Bruno Mars $83.10      The Stray Birds $14.19      
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Concert Year 2011 (So Far)

10:01 AM Friday 7/8/11 | |

Although concert grosses are up, the global concert industry actually experienced a decrease in ticket sales during the first six months of 2011. That and other fun facts to know and tell, await you in Pollstar’s annual mid-year report.

  • Bono of U2

    Estadio Unico de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina
    April 2, 2011

    (AP Photo)

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Crunching the numbers of our Top 50 Worldwide Tour charts shows a cumulative gross of $1.65 billion, a $166.2 million or 11.2 percent, jump in total gross-dollar ticket sales when compared to the first six months of 2010.

However, total ticket sales throughout the world declined by 2.1 percent, resulting in 19.4 million tix sold for the 50 biggest tours during the first half of 2011.

Yet artists in the global Top 50 did all right for themselves, with average grosses climbing nearly $200,000, or 20.2 percent from the previous year. What’s more, the average number of tickets per show increased by about 5.8 percent to 13,762.

The cost of buying tickets continued to climb with the average price jumping $10.23, or 13.6 percent, resulting in concertgoers paying an average of $84.92 for a ticket to see one of the Top 50 Tours.

It probably comes as no surprise that more tours on the Top 50 Worldwide chart charged $100 or more for tickets – 12 this year compared to eight tours whose tickets reached the three-figure mark during the same time last year.

  • Roger Waters

    O2 Arena, London, UK
    May 15, 2011

    (Bobby Talamine / SkipTheDial.com)

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Eyeballing the Top 100 North American Tours shows the industry rebounding with a total gross of $1.12 billion, an increase of $157 million or 16.2 percent. Unlike the global picture, total ticket sales rose in North America with 16.7 million sold, a 5.3 percent increase over 15.9 million from one year ago.

The average gross per show also went up, rising 7.3 percent to $453,254 while the average tickets sold per concert dropped slightly to 6,762.

As throughout the world, the average ticket price in North America rose 10.2 percent, a $6.25 increase resulting in a record $67.02.

Who’s on top of the charts? Paraphrasing that old line about Frank Sinatra, it’s U2’s world and we just live in it. The Top 50 Worldwide Tours shows Bono & Co. in the No. 1 slot with a total gross of $164 million. That works out to 1,679,467 tickets sold for 23 shows in 16 cities. While the band’s 360° Tour sported a wide range of prices, the average U2 ticket price was $97.65 worldwide.

Building barriers turned out to be very, very profitable for Roger Waters whose production of The Wall put the former Pink Floydian in second place on the Top 50 Worldwide Tours chart with a total gross of $97.9 million. Rounding out the world’s Top 5 are Bon Jovi ($92.1 million); Lady Gaga ($65.3 million); and Usher (62.2 million).

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park, London, UK
    June 25, 2011

    (AP Photo)

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U2 came on like gangbusters in North America as well, dominating Pollstar’s Top 100 North American Tours chart with a total gross of $85.8 million. The breakdown shows the band’s stadium gigs averaging 88,960 tickets sold per show or 978,558 total. Playing 14 shows in 11 cities, U2’s average gross was $7,800,000.

Second place went to Lady Gaga who grossed $65.3 million during the first six months. Positions 3-5 went to Bon Jovi ($57.4 million); Kenny Chesney ($46.7 million) and Luis Miguel ($33.9 million), respectively.

  • Lady Gaga

    Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
    April 19, 2011

    (Kate Seesholtz / ConcertLivewire.com)

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  • Kenny Chesney

    Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
    March 19, 2011

    (AP Photo)

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Want to see more? Sure you do. Just click here for Pollstar’s Mid-Year Business Analysis, here for our Top 50 Worldwide Tours chart and here for the Top 100 North American Tours.


Comments

  1. britbandfan wrote:

    08:13 PM, Jul 12, 2011

    I can't believe people are criticizing U2 ticket prices! In 2009 I saw 2 shows @ $55 each for GA and had a blast being so close (inside the inner circle). Last week I saw the Nashville show in a $30 seat and enjoyed it just as much. Great view of the entire spectacle but could still see them without binoculars, and the sound was amazing. What an event!!

  2. Ceri wrote:

    01:56 PM, Jul 12, 2011

    PS Pollstar's ranking by $$$s doesn't impress me. I'd much rather the order were simply by number of tickets sold. It isn't all about the $$$ is it? Yeah, I guess it is these days. :(

  3. Ceri wrote:

    01:44 PM, Jul 12, 2011

    Saw it last night in Toronto. It was the first time I'd seen U2 in 29 years and was fearing the worst. They have resisted the temptation to mess too mcuh with the old stuff, and the early numbers they did sounded just as great as they did all those years ago. The sound was indeed excellent, but then I was not far from the mixing desk so it should have been. I thought the fancy stage was very disappointing, considering the trouble and cost involved. The big circular screen was good, but if you have to look at a screen to see the singer's face, why not just buy the DVD and watch it at home as often as you like? As far as special effects go, I was far more wow-ed by the new Skillet set two weeks ago and I bet that cost a lot less!

    Oh, and for $100+ per seat, it would have been nice to see the whole stage, not have part obscured by the enormous mixing desk.

  4. dfuchs wrote:

    09:12 AM, Jul 12, 2011

    I get why people love U2.  

    The problem is the claw.  The cost of the claw; the fact they had to build more than two because load-out and load-in can't possibly be fast enough; the transportation costs of the claw; all the stagehands; all the audio/video attached to this thing... and who gets to pay for it... you and me.  Forever.  Because when someone makes almost $8MM per show, can they go back to making $2MM per show?  Especially when they are trying to purchase Malibu? :)

    When I can see Wilco for $40 and have the same love of music experience, it's hard to think I will pay $150 again.  Maybe I'll catch Roger Waters next time around.

    I wish you well, U2, but I am moving on.

  5. AceRockola wrote:

    06:46 PM, Jul 11, 2011

    I saw the claw in Baltimore.  That was the biggest spectacle I have ever seen ! I don't regret it at all. I wouldn't want to see all bands in such a big, extravagent setting.  But hey, this was U2 - a band that is what, 40 years old ?  That in itself is incredible.  The concert was in my opinion, best viewed from a distance.  I was upper deck and near the right front side of it.  There was so much going on visually, and I got to see it all.  By the way, they did a great job mixing the sound for an 80,000+ venue - I was surprised !

  6. Studebaker Hawk wrote:

    01:30 PM, Jul 11, 2011

    I don't intend on joining the homeless population so trust me I see less and less bands.Cult bands are expensive enough but these big bucksucking bands..haha.

  7. Spanky wrote:

    10:27 AM, Jul 11, 2011

    U2 is a band I have always wanted to see but forking out $100 to sit 1/2 mile back? nice try...I could spend that money and see 3-5 smoking club shows and be right in a bands face.  I like the bigger shows as an occasional treat but just can't fathom any more a 14K-16K size venue.

    I am not really a PHISH fan but I love the fact that your ticket price includes a high quality digital copy of the show. More bands should do that if they are gonna jack their prices.  

  8. dfuchs wrote:

    10:46 AM, Jul 10, 2011

    I still can't believe I participated in U2's gluttony.  I'm sorry,  but the "claw" has got to be the all-around (360 degrees) worst idea in concert history, no?



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