Police Collar Top Tour of 2007
Los Angeles (E! Online) – In a classic case of role reversal, it was the Police who topped this year’s most-wanted list.
The trio’s reunion tour, which kicked off May 28 in Vancouver, finished 2007 as North America’s number one top grossing tour, per year-end figures released Friday by the concert trade Pollstar. Sting & Co.’s 41-city, 54-show outing grossed $132 million in ticket sales, nearly double the amount of country star Kenny Chesney, who finished second with $71 million.
The Police had the highest average per-concert take, with $3.2 million per gig. The reunited rockers also sold the most tickets, just over 1.15 million, followed closely by Chesney’s 1.14 million. But the Police only had the fifth highest average ticket price ($114.32), behind Barry Manilow ($141.72), Celine Dion ($141.26), Genesis ($130.39) and Elton John ($126.76).
The Police were also the top ticket seller internationally, bringing in a grand total of $212 million worldwide. The trio, who finished the tour’s Latin American leg earlier this month, restarts the tour Jan. 17 in New Zealand.
The reunited Genesis proved it could still turn it on again. Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford kicked off their North American jaunt Sept. 7 in Toronto and finished the year as the eighth highest grossing tour at $47.6 million. Genesis cracked the top 10 with the fewest number of shows, 25, but the band’s high seat prices made up the difference. Genesis also scored the second highest grossing international tour, selling $129 million in tickets worldwide.
Showing that reunion tours were the rage this year, Van Halen finished in the fifth spot. On the heels of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the L.A. rockers launched their reunion tour last September, selling nearly $57 million in tickets to date.
The fourth highest grossing act wasn’t really a tour at all. Celine Dion did 113 performances of A New Day at Caesar’s Palace this year, with the Canadian chanteuse finishing her remarkable five-year run just last week. Her Las Vegas residency brought in $65.3 million in its final year.
Since opening her show in early 2003, Dion sold more than $400 million in tickets to nearly 3 million fans. The casino’s 4,100-seat Colosseum, built specifically for her performances, limited her tickets-per-show average, but she led the pack in total number of shows.
While many singers would take a break after such a grueling schedule, Dion appears anxious to get on the road. Her yearlong Taking Chances tour kicks off Valentine’s Day in South Africa.
Chesney’s second-place finish kept Justin Timberlake at third, with about $500,000 separating them. The country star also exacted some revenge by topping Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul 2007 tour, which finished sixth with $52.3 million. Last year, the Soul2Soul tour grossed $88.6 million, topping Chesney’s 2005 Somewhere in the Sun as the highest grossing country tour of all time.
Among the other top-10 finishers, Rod Stewart and current Christmas king Josh Groban finished at seventh ($49 million) and ninth ($43 million), respectively. With $41.5 million in sales, Rascal Flatts finished 10th, giving country music three of the year’s top-10 tours.
Just outside the top 10 were a clutch of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, with Billy Joel finishing 12th ($39.1 million), Roger Waters 13th ($38.3 million) and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band coming in 14th ($38.2 million). Elton John finished at 16th with $35.7 million, thanks to his Red Piano show, which he performed in the Colosseum during Celine Dion’s breaks.
Tween concertgoers were represented by Miley Cyrus. The Disney Channel star’s Best of Both Worlds Tour, one of the year’s hardest tickets to come by, finished 15th, with $36 million in gross ticket sales.
Finally, Mexican rockers Man· had the top Spanish-language tour, and the 20th highest grossing overall, moving nearly $34 million in tickets over 46 shows.
North American ticket sales hit $2.6 billion for the year, according to Billboard. That’s a drop of 10 percent from last year’s record-setting mark, while the actual number of concertgoersó51 millionówas also down 19 percent.
Here’s a recap of 2007’s top 10 highest grossing North American tours, per Pollstar:
1. The Police ($131.9 millon)
2. Kenny Chesney ($71.1 million)
3. Justin Timberlake ($70.6 million)
4. Celine Dion ($65.3 million)
5. Van Halen ($56.7 million)
6. Tim McGraw/Faith Hill ($52.3 million)
7. Rod Stewart ($49 million)
8. Genesis ($47.6 million)
9. Josh Groban ($43 million)
10. Rascal Flatts ($41.5 million)
Police Collar Top Tour of 2007