Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Stones Top 2013 Concert Earners List
In addition to barbecues, vacations and oppressive humidity, July always brings with it a spell of best-of-the-year-so-far lists. The newest one of interest to classic rock fans reveals that Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones have taken win, place and show in the list of the Top Grossing Concert Acts for the first half of 2013.
According to Pollstar (via ABC News Radio), rock veterans Bon Jovi are way ahead of the pack, grossing $142.1 million over the course of 60 concerts to date. Even without Richie Sambora, they've been able to bring in more than 25,000 fans a night at an average ticket price of $95.60.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have played 31 shows (so far) as the 2013 legs of their Wrecking Ball Tour brought them to Australia and Europe. But with an average attendance of 46,167 - the highest on Pollstar's list - they've pulled in $103.9 million.
The Rolling Stones may have only played 18 dates, but the average ticket price of $346.09 allowed them to rake in $87.7 million for the "50 and Counting" tour. The gross of nearly $8 million per show was way above their competitors, with Barbra Streisand and Robbie Williams each bringing in slightly more than $5 million per night, but both acts played fewer than 10 dates.
Other classic rock acts in the Top 20 were Fleetwood Mac (No. 9, $58.1 million) and Paul McCartney (No. 16, $43.5 million). The rest of the Top 20 were filled up with country, Top 40 and Cirque de Soleil tours.