Rolling Stones Lead a Record Midyear Concert Revenue Report for 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Los Angeles Times (07/10/15) Lewis, Randy
In the first six months of 2015, concert fans purchased a record 18.8 million tickets for the top 100 grossing tours of North America for a combined take of $1.43 billion, according to Pollstar. Those figures represent a 39 percent increase over the same period last year in terms of revenue and a 15 percent increase over the midyear record set during the first half of the 2013. The Rolling Stones took the lead in earnings, generating $80.7 million with just 10 shows. Garth Brooks had the top spot in terms of tickets sold, with his fans buying 1.2 million tickets to his first tour in 17 years, nearly triple the Stones' total sales of 452,041. Brooks' shows generated $79.9 million in box office revenue, which falls just behind the Stones due to significant differences in average ticket prices. The average price for Stones' tickets was $178.44, compared to $66.23 for Brooks' 74 performances in 13 cities. Fleetwood Mac's reunion tour ranked third in Pollstar's list at $65.9 million from 41 shows in 40 cities followed by country superstar Kenny Chesney at $55.8 million and U2 at $40.3 million. The rest of the midyear top 10 for North America comprised Maroon 5, Neil Diamond, Taylor Swift, Elton John, and Bette Midler, highlighting a model of heritage acts dominating the box office. Worldwide, Pollstar says 57 million tickets were sold in the first half of 2015, up 5.8 percent from the same period in 2014.
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