Pollstar has released the top grossing tours for the first half of 2013, and Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones have all been shoveling in the money so far this year.
The mid-year charts show that Bon Jovi has grossed $142.1 million in worldwide receipts this year. This comes from the group performing 60 shows in 58 cities with an average ticket price of $95.60. The group sold nearly 1.5 million tickets, and for those not doing the math, that works out to around $2.5 million per show.
Both Springsteen and the Rolling Stones sold less tickets and played less shows, but had higher ticket prices to put them in second and third place, respectively. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band sold just shy of 1 million tickets for 31 shows in 21 cities. The average ticket price was $107.19, and the group grossed an average of just under $5 million per show.
But if the dollar amounts for Bon Jovi and Springsteen seem high, wait until you see what the Stones brought in. With an average ticket price of $346.09 (!), the group grossed an average just shy of $8 million per show (!!). With the 250,000 tickets they sold to 18 shows in 11 cities, the band has grossed a total of $87.7 million so far this year.
Though they were third worldwide, the Stones were the top grossing act in North America, with Taylor Swift coming in second on the continent. But the real story of the report was not just the top concert tours, but also the positive news for the concert industry as a whole.
Pollstar reports that ticket sales from the Top 50 tours around the world totaled $1.85 billion, a 23 percent increase from the same period in 2012. The number of ticket sold, however, did not jump quite that much, with the 21 million tickets sold this year representing a 10.5 percent rise from last year. The difference was made up by a 11.5 percent increase in the average ticket price, which was $88.03 this year.