The Set List
November 19, 2009
Pollstar has released its midyear report on concert grosses with two New Jersey acts, Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band, leading the way.
Bon Jovi has pulled in $56.3 million on its well-received North American tour and the second leg of Springsteen’s “Magic” tour has grossed $40.8 million.
Van Halen, Kenny Chesney, Michael Buble, Kanye West and the double bill of Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige all land between $36.8 million and $30.7 million.
Now that the big guns are out of the way, let’s examine the rest of the tote board.
REUNION MANIA: After Van Halen, we have Spice Girls and the Police (both at $23.3 million); the Eagles ($15.8 million); Stone Temple Pilots ($5.2 million); and Duran Duran ($4.5 million).
GENRE BREAKDOWN: Veteran rockers (24); country (12); Spanish-language (eight, led by Juanes at $9.7 million); R&B/Hip-hop (six); Christian (three, topped by Casting Crowns at $6.3 million).
WHO NEEDS 4? THE KID SHOWS: The “double bill” of the real Miley Cyrus and the fictional Hannah Montana pulled in $17.1 million. The Jonas Brothers grossed $12.6 million.
NON-CONCERT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Five shows in the top 10 led by “Riverdance” at $17.9 million. “Dancing With the Stars” has pulled in $12.6 million.
TRIBUTE BANDS: The grand total of one made it into the list, Rain – the Beatles Experience, grossing $4.6 million.
FIVE SHOWS, TWO DAYS, ONE CITY: Garth Brooks grossed $3.8 million doing a benefit for firefighters, which landed him at No. 89.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH CONCERT GROSSES?: Jerry Seinfeld was the last of six comedians to make the list, pulling $3.7 million. Top-selling funnyman was Katt Williams at $16 million.
RUSH: The Canadian trio grossed $18.3 million. They are No. 12 on the list. (Last time I reported on Pollstar’s list several e-mailers wondered why Rush was not on the list. The reason was a lack of North American shows. Now they have done enough to rank high.)
MORE CANADIANS: Anne Murray ($4.7 million); Blue Rodeo ($4.2 million); Leonard Cohen ($3.7 million). Neil Young is not on the list.