U2 Reigns Over 2009 Tour Business
December 31, 2009 at 6:19 AM (PT)
Legendary Irish rock band U2 was by far the most popular draw on the NORTH AMERICAN concert circuit this year. POLLSTAR tabulated that the band sold $123 million worth of tickets to its "No Line on the Horizon," stadium tour, finishing second was BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND With $94.5 million.
The band played to 1.3 million people at 20 shows on the NORTH AMERICAN leg of its world tour, and charged an average of $93.77. U2's lucrative venture was the fifth-largest grossing tour ever. THE ROLLING STONES hold the record with $162 million from their 2005 outing. U2's 2005 tour is No. 3 on the all-time list with $138.9 million.
ELTON JOHN and BILLY JOEL's latest co-headlining stint came in third in 2009 with $88 million, followed by BRITNEY SPEARS with $82.5 million and hard-rockers AC/DC in fifth with $77.9 million.
Sixth was Country star KENNY CHESNEY, whose $71.1 million got him a place in made the top 10 for the sixth consecutive year. THE JONAS BROTHERS finished seventh, grossing $69.8 million; DAVE MATTHEWS BAND was #8 with $56.9 million, FLEETWOOD MAC #9 with $54.5 million, and METALLICA rounded out the top 10 with $53.4 million.
POLLSTAR's GARY BONGIOVANNI told YAHOO that the overall concert business bucked the recession, mirroring a similar phenomenon at movie theaters. He said most people go to only one or two shows a year, and are willing to pay a premium for good seats.