Pollstar’s mid year tour rankings list Kenny Chesney as country music’s top grossing touring act. With $33.9 million grossed in 2012, Chesney, who is on the Brothers of the Sun tour with Tim McGraw, ranks No. 4 on the all genre list of Top 100 North American tours. Lady A comes in close behind with $30.9 million.
Scoring the top 3 spots on the list are Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson ($78.5 million), Roger Waters (61.9) and Van Halen (44.9).
Pollstar’s Top Country Tours of the Year
No. 4 Kenny Chesney, 33.9 million
No. 5 Lady Antebellum, 30.9
No. 15 Brad Paisley, 20.5
No. 22 Miranda Lambert, 17.6
No. 25 Jason Aldean, 13.8
No. 27 Eric Church, 12.8
No. 31 Zac Brown Band, 11.9
No. 33 Rascal Flatts, 11.3
No. 34 Blake Shelton, 10.6
No. 35 George Strait, 10.4
Others Nashville related acts charting in the Top 100 include Willie Nelson, Casting Crowns, Sugarland, Glen Campbell, Alison Krauss and Union Station and MercyMe.
Pollstar reports that the Top 100 Tours in North America generated a combined gross of $1,125.9 billion, up 1.2 percent over last year. This increase came despite a 9.4 percent drop in ticket prices, which currently average $58.61 per ticket. Artists made up the difference by playing more shows. More here.
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