Billboard.com has a list of the decade’s top grossing touring acts. On the list we have Kenny Chesney taking the No. 8 spot with 622 shows, 409 sell-outs, 9,210,288, and a total gross of $477,931,760. Wow, that’s close to $48 million a year. That would put the average ticket price at $52.00 a ticket. It doesn’t surprise me that Kenny did that many live shows or made that much money.
What did surprise me was that the No. 1 top grossing act of the past decade was The Rolling Stones. They played less shows, sold out less shows, had less people in attendance, and grossed $869,471,325 – unbelievable. Their average ticket price was about $105.00.
The folks over at Billboard have a complete list of the 25 top grossing acts, and even have a short video clip of each of them performing in concert.
Kenny was the highest on the list, coming in at No. 8, and Tim McGraw took the No. 13 spot with a gross of $303,950,209, in 388 shows, 175 of them sell-outs, and a total attendance of 5,203,501. Average ticket price to go see Tim was $58.00 per ticket.
We have to jump all the way down to No. 20 to find the next country act on the list, and that one is Rascal Flatts, with a total of $222,256,153, 401 shows, 274 sell-outs, and a total attendance of 4,514,282. Average ticket price: $49.00.
The last country artist on the list came in at No. 24, and that was Toby Keith. Toby’s gross was $271,904,093, with 542 shows, 200 sell-outs, and 8,355,046 in attendance.The average price for those tickets was only $32.00.
A few other names on the list included U2, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Celine Dion. You can read the whole list at Billboard.
Rascal Flatts has a bunch of concerts listed, from the middle of January to the middle of March. They’ll be all over the country, and even have a few shows in Canada. So be sure to check on their web site to see where they are headed.
If you want to take in a Tim McGraw show this year – you are going to have plenty to pick from. Tim has shows posted on his site from Feb. 6 through Aug. 7, 2010. So no matter where you live, there’s a very good chance Tim will be getting somewhere near you. You can check his schedule here.
Toby only has a few dates up on his web site so far. But I’m sure that will change quickly, so keep an eye on his schedule.
As for Kenny, I thought he was going to take a long time off – but his web site has his first tour date listed as May 30, 2010. Not too long of a wait for Kenny fans.
I hope you guys have a great Monday. Talk to you soon!