Bon Jovi Top Mid-Year Tours


July 11, 2008

Pollstar reports that Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen hold down the first two positions on Pollstar’s Top 100 Tours chart for the first six months of North America concert action in 2008.

At #1 it’s Bon Jovi, with an an average ticket price of $87.98 resulting in a total gross of $56.3 million for 39 shows. By the time that tour ends in mid-July, the band will have completed its biggest tour ever in North America.

As successful as the band has been here, the Bon Jovi juggernaut is even bigger overseas. On a worldwide basis the act has sold nearly 1.7 million tickets in just the first six months of this year. No one else comes close to that number.

Second place goes to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. With ticket prices averaging $99.02, The Boss & friends grossed $40.8 million for 29 shows in North America.

Despite their success in recorded music, there were no hip hop or rap artists among the Top 50 touring acts last year. Kanye West changed that by cranking out the genre’s highest grossing tour in many years with an impressive run of 44 shows to rank No. 6 at $31.6 million. The highly touted Jay-Z / Mary J. Blige tour followed close behind with $30.7 million from 24 shows. It’s worth noting that Kanye played to about twice as many fans as Jay-Z at about half the ticket price.

Country artists continue to display touring appeal by occupying 15 spots on the Top 100 (nine in the Top 50) as compared to 11 a year ago. Kenny Chesney ranked at No. 4 and was the only act besides Bon Jovi to sell more than a half million tickets.

Spanish language artists once again occupied eight slots among the Top 100 while seven comedy acts laughed all the way to the bank. For Pollstar’s Top 100 Tours for the first half of 2008, click here.

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