What does Russia’s president think about the extra dates for Kid Rock? Does Germany’s chancellor have an opinion on Metallica’s August run? And what about the British prime minister? What’s his take on KISS going to Australia?

You may not be aware of it, but it’s a known fact that world leaders the world over begin each day browsing the tour data on this Web site. And no wonder, for how can one run a country if one does not have the latest intell on Britney Spears’s leg injury, or Lionel Richie’s Euro run? It takes more than wisdom, electability and control of a country’s military to helm a ship of state. It takes up-to-date data on Sting, Paul McCartney and Shania Twain in order to govern, rule and dictate.

For example, President Tarja Halonen of Finland loves the routing for Ozzfest 2004, Poland’s president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, can’t get enough of the Michael Bolton schedule and Togo’s president, General Gnassingbe Eyadema, thinks that the listing for Philip Glass is a remarkable example of engineering technology combined with the boundless spirit of man.

Pretty deep, eh?

But that’s not all. A further survey of international nuance reveals that the king of Thailand, Adunyadet Phumiphon, is an avid Pixies fan, that Iceland’s president, Olafur Grimsson, is crazy for the Prong routing, and they say that Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II is completely taken with the Bob Dylan listing.

Yes, all over the world, in countries big and small, world leaders make it a point to keep up with the tour schedules posted on Pollstar.com. Of course, we don’t have any firsthand knowledge of whether or not China’s Jintao Hu likes to spend his time looking up Donny Osmond’s United Kingdom tour, and we can’t say for sure that Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika enjoys glancing at the new dates for My Chemical Romance. However, we have it on pretty good authority that leaders all over the world love looking up concert dates on Pollstar.com.

At least, that’s what John Kerry told us.