U.S. concert attendance down
NEW YORK (AP) -- Concert grosses for the
first half of the year were up 17 percent, but so
were ticket prices -- the average cost of a ticket
for top tours was about $51, compared to $47
last year, according to an industry report.
Attendance at concerts was down for a second
straight year, according to the survey released
Friday by Pollstar, a weekly trade publication.
The survey of the top 50 tours, including those
by Paul McCartney, 'N Sync, the Dave
Matthews Band and Creed, showed that from
January to June, the top tours recorded about
$538 million in sales, compared to last year's
The record for that period was in 2000, when
$579 million worth of tickets were sold.
But the survey also showed that the top 50
concerts combined sold about 10.6 million
tickets, down 300,000, or 3 percent, from last
year. In 2000, 12.9 million tickets were sold in
the first half of the year.
"When you've lost essentially 2 million ticket
buyers in the space of a couple of years, you
have to wonder where those people went and
what it will take to bring them back," Gary
Bongiovanni of Pollstar said Monday.
The top-grossing tour was Paul McCartney's,
which grossed about $53 million. That was
followed by Billy Joel and Elton John; the
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion tour; 'N
Sync; and the Dave Matthews Band.
McCartney had one of the highest average
ticket prices -- about $130 per ticket. The only
act in the top 50 with a higher average ticket
cost -- $152 per ticket -- was classical tenor
Andrea Bocelli, who only performed six shows.
The tour that sold the most tickets had one of
the least expensive average ticket prices. The
Green Day/Blink 182 tour charged an average
of $32 per ticket.
||Look at what the major tours were.
Attendance was down.
||"The tour that sold most tickets were the ones with the least expensive ticket prices..." Maybe they should think a bit more in that direction...
||Thank you Wah Wah.........
where DID those 2 million people go...perhaps they're unable to AFFORD the average ticket ("Really??!!", says the press in awe!!!???!!!)...or they are now working two jobs to pay off their ticket debt for the 2000 concert year.
I agree Sir Stonesalot...DUH!