Bon Jovi and AC/DC top the concert draws for 2010

2010-12-29 14:01

Bon Jovi may have recently been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall

of Fame, but the veteran band still ended the year as the world’s top concert

attraction, according to a trade publication.

The band sold tickets worth $201.1?million (about R1.3 billion),

split almost evenly between North America and the rest of the world, said

Pollstar magazine.

Its success was noteworthy, given that it was promoting its 2009

album, which did not sell strongly.

Bon Jovi shone even as overall sales slid in a tough economic


Pollstar said sales for the top 50 tours worldwide fell by 12% to

$2.93?billion. In North America the top 50 tours dropped by 15% to


Overseas tours were increasingly becoming more lucrative for US

musicians, especially as infrastructure improved across Asia and in the former

Soviet bloc, Pollstar said.

Hard rockers AC/DC came in at No?2 and Irish foursome U2 at No?3

after making all their money overseas.

AC/DC grossed $177?million and U2 $160.9?million.

U2 was the top worldwide act in 2009 with $311?million, followed by

AC/DC with $227?million.

In a field dominated by rock acts, flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga

was No?4 in 2010 with $133.6?million.

The “Poker Face” singer worked harder than

any other musician in the top 10, playing 138 shows, two-thirds of which were


Bon Jovi, by contrast, played 80 shows.

AC/DC with 40 shows and U2

with 32 took it relatively easy.

Metallica were at No?5 with $110.1?million garnered from 60

overseas shows. Metallica and AC/DC last released albums in 2008, relying on

their extensive catalogues of head-banging favourites to keep drawing


The field was rounded off by Canadian singer Michael Buble at No 6

($104.2?million), the “Walking with Dinosaurs” live family show at No?7

($104.1?million), Paul McCartney at No?8 ($93?million), the Eagles at No?9

($92.3?million) and former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters at No?10


Waters earned all his money in North America, where his acclaimed

restaging of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” was the No?2 draw behind Bon Jovi with


Among record North American tours, the Bon Jovi trek ranked at

No?9, Pollstar said.

The Rolling Stones hold the record with $162?million from their

2005 outing.

The publication has been collecting worldwide data for only two


The Dave Matthews Band was No?3 in North America with

$72.9?million. Buble followed with $65.7?million and the Eagles with


Bon Jovi’s previous best performance in North America was in 2008,

when the band was fifth with ticket sales of $70.4?million.

The New Jersey rockers, led by singer Jon Bon Jovi, were on the

ballot for inclusion in the 2011 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees,

but failed to make the cut.

Critics have largely been dismissive of the group’s catchy “soft

rock” tunes, even as the band sells out stadiums and arenas to its female-skewed

fan base.

Its 2009 album, “The Circle”, debuted at No?1 in the US but ended

up selling relatively poorly.

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