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Topic: 2002 a record year for concert tours Return to archive
01-06-03 08:18 AM
Lazy Bones

2002 a record year for concert tours

NEW YORK (AP) -- Classic acts such as Paul
McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Cher lured
more people to U.S. concerts in 2002 and
helped the industry make a record $2.1 billion
in ticket sales, according to figures released
Friday.

This was the fourth straight year concert
receipts reached record levels in America.
There was $1.75 billion in sales in 2001,
according to trade publication Pollstar, which
tracks the concert industry.

In 2001, ticket costs rose and sales declined,
Pollstar said. Last year, increased ticket sales
helped push concert receipts higher.

"We had some very big marquee names out on
tour this year," said Pollstar's Gary
Bongiovanni. "Paul McCartney has not worked
in a long time and the Rolling Stones only come
out every couple of years."

McCartney had the top-grossing tour, raking in
$103 million US. Fans paid an average of $130
per ticket to see the former Beatle, who hadn't
toured the United States in about a decade.

The Rolling Stones tour placed second, coming
in at $88 million, with an average ticket price of
$119. Pollstar said it was the first time the
Stones hadn't hit the No.1 spot with their U.S.
tour.

Cher's tour -- which the singer said would be
her last -- was in third place, at $74 million,
followed by the Billy Joel & Elton John concerts,
which grossed $65 million, and the Dave
Matthews Band, at $60 million.

Other acts in the top 10 were Bruce
Springsteen & the E Street Band, Aerosmith,
Creed, Neil Diamond and The Eagles.

Creed and the Dave Matthews Band were the
only acts in the top 10 that aren't veteran acts
-- and that represents one of the industry's
problems, Bongiovanni said.

"The acts that are at the top have got to be
reaching the end of their touring life," he said.
"Where the next generation of headlining acts
is going to come from is anybody's guess."
01-06-03 11:39 AM
jb I blame Cohl for this ...there is no fucking way Macca should have come in #1...poor promotion and poor planning...from the timing of the release of the Album which should have been after the dead fat guys release, to the complete lack of tour promotion except for the stupid blimp....I still think we won on a % basis , as the prick Macca played atleast 10 more dates than the Stones...

[Edited by jb]
01-07-03 07:51 AM
Lazy Bones It's interesting how they calulate #'s for the "US tour". I wonder if they're including the two Toronto dates in those numbers? Obviously, is not the Canadian tour..calculated as the US leg?
01-07-03 09:06 AM
lucasd4
quote:
jb wrote:
I blame Cohl for this ...there is no fucking way Macca should have come in #1...poor promotion and poor planning...from the timing of the release of the Album which should have been after the dead fat guys release, to the complete lack of tour promotion except for the stupid blimp....I still think we won on a % basis , as the prick Macca played atleast 10 more dates than the Stones...

[Edited by jb]



How many times are you going to post these clueless tirades about this????????....McCartney's tour was the biggest tour of 2002 because he is a living legend, millions love him, and EVERY SHOW OF THE TOUR WAS IN 2002!!!!!!!! The American leg of his tour started and ended in the same year....The Stones tour is not over yet!!!!!!!!Hello, is there anybody in there?? Are you so clueless that you can't figure that out?? LICKS will gross more than Paul's tour, but the numbers will be spread out over a two year period...LICKS is already within 10 million of Paul's gross and they have many shows left
01-07-03 10:40 AM
F505 Strange how many Americans tend to think in figures, numbers and in quantity in stead of quality. Who really cares how much people attend a Stones show? Plus the fact that many of those concert visitors are not real Stones fans but day trippers who are needed like a hole in the head.
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