Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bon Jovi, AC/DC biggest concert draws of 2010


Bon Jovi walked past the closed doors of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame to collect the biggest box office cheque in the 2010 concert industry.

The New Jersey rockers had the #1 tour of the year, according to figures released Tuesday by Pollstar magazine.

The only act to crack the $200 million mark, Bon Jovi rocked and rolled their way to $201.1 million gross in ticket sales, ahead of second-place AC/DC, who came in at $177 million.

U2, Lady Gaga and Metallica rounded out the top 5.

The numbers are more than impressive on paper, given the state of the economy, but that isn’t the whole story.

The Top 50 total tour gross of $2.93 billion was down about 12% from $3.34 billion in 2009; North American tours were down 15% from 2009, hitting $1.69 billion versus $1.99 billion the year before.

Pollstar also reported a 7% decrease in worldwide ticket sales, dropping from 45.3 million in 2009 to 38.3 million this year. North American tours dropped 12% in ticket sales, from 29.9 million (2009) to 26.2 million in 2010.

"Artists worked fewer shows in a tough business climate and those that overreached suffered the consequences," commented Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni. "In general, the international concert business was stronger than in North America, where overbooked and overpriced shows at outdoor amphitheater venues made it an especially difficult year for Live Nation.”

"Top 20 Tours Of 2010", according to Pollstar magazine:

01. BON JOVI: $201.1 million
02. AC/DC: $177 million
03. U2: $160.9 million
04. LADY GAGA: $133.6 million
05. METALLICA: $110.1 million
06. MICHAEL BUBLE: $104.2 million
07. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: $104.1 million
08. PAUL MCCARTNEY: $93 million
09. THE EAGLES: $92.3 million
10. ROGER WATERS: $89.5 million
11. THE BLACK EYED PEAS: $87.5 million
12. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: $77.6 million
13. MUSE: $76.6 million
14. JAMES TAYLOR & CAROLE KING: $63.8 million
15. CIRCUE DE SOLEIL “SALTIMBANCO”: $57.4 million
16. JOHN MAYER: $56.3 million
17. JUSTIN BIEBER: $48.3 million
18. CIRCUE DE SOLEIL “ALEGRIA”: $48.1 million
19. PINK:
$46.4 million
20. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: $44.6 million

AC/DC – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
Saitama Super Arena - Saitama, Japan – March 12, 2010