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Pollstar’s Top 200 North American Tours

05:01 PM Monday 1/7/13 | |

Madonna tops the list of acts scooping up those big North American dollars in 2012, grossing $133.7 million for 45 concerts in 31 cities.  Also making our Top 10 were Cirque du Soleil, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw, Roger Waters, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Van Halen, Barbra Streisand and Elton John.

  • Madonna

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
    November 17, 2012

    (Chris McKay / WireImage.com)

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There are some artists who are guaranteed to make our Top 200 North American Tour chart whenever they venture out to perform live.  Folks like Neil Diamond (No. 31) and bands such as Phish (No. 30) have enormous fan bases filled with people who wouldn’t think of missing a chance to see their heroes live on stage.

While you’re perusing our list of the top 200 North American tours, here are a few fun facts to amaze your family and impress your coworkers:

With all 2012 box office reports for North America totaling more than $4.3 billion, the Top 100 tours accounted for more than half that amount, generating $2.52 billion.

  • Roger Waters

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
    July 14, 2012

    (James P. Hendershot)

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People also bought more tickets in 2012.  When all was said and done, the stats revealed more than a five percent rise in ticket sales with 36.7 million sold in 2012 compared to the previous year’s 34.74 million.  However, those figures aren’t nearly as high as the concert industry’s record-breaker in 2009 when it sold 40.49 million tickets.

And you already know the average ticket price during the past 12 months was a tad higher than in 2011.  The 2012 average was $68.76, or an increase of $1.54 over 2011’s average price of $67.22.  Pollstar believes that much of that increase was driven by a handful of tours that priced tickest in three-digit figures.

There were also more tours pricing tickets above $100 than in 2011.  In fact, of our Top 10 earners in North America, more than half – Madonna, Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal.” Roger Waters, Van Halen, Barbra Streisand and Elton John –  averaged prices above the $100 mark.  By the end of the year 24 tours had  Benjamin-busting ticket prices compared to 18 the previous year.

But those are just some of the conclusions derived from Pollstar’s Top 200 North American Tours chart and we’ll sure you’ll come up with a few more.  Click here to immerse yourself in all that data.

  • Van Halen

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
    June 1, 2012

    (Imvision / AP)

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And while we’re talking tours, be sure to check out the Top 50 Worldwide Tours.  Just click here.


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