Each July, industry execs, musicians and fans alike scramble to pick up Pollstar magazine’s mid-year issue, which features a six-month recap of the year’s top touring artists and concert industry trends.
If there is one thing we can glean from Pollstar’s Mid-Year Charts for 2013, which dropped last Friday, it is this: Classic Rockers are absolutely dominating all others when it comes to tour sales for 2013.
First there is Bon Jovi, whose ongoing Because We Can tour achieved the No. 1 position on Pollstar’s “Top 100 Worldwide Tours” by selling almost 1.5 million tickets through 60 shows in 58 cities, while grossing an average of $2.45 million per show.
Right behind Bon Jovi at No. 2 are the band’s fellow Jersey-natives Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, who sold a total of 969,504 tickets for 31 shows in 21 cities and made almost $5 million per show.
At No. 3 on the “Top 100 Worldwide Tours” list is the Rolling Stones, whose 50 & Counting anniversary tour also put them at No. 1 on Pollstar’s “Top North American Tours.” They achieved this number by charging an average ticket price of $350, which allowed them to gross an estimated $8 million per the 18 shows that they performed in North America.
Following the Stones on the “Top 100 North American Tour” list is country-pop star Taylor Swift. Just behind Swift is yet another Classic Rock outfit, Fleetwood Mac, who reached the No. 3 spot with their 42-city tour that grossed a total of $58.1 million.
Other notable tours that made the list include artists such as Paul McCartney ($43.5 million), Eric Clapton ($28.4 million), The Who ($23.5 million) and Neil Young ($19.1 million).
For Pollstar’s full Top 100 World Tour chart, click here or here for the full North American Top 100, and let us know what you think about Classic Rockers dominating the top spots by sharing your thoughts in the comments section below!