Concert tours by The Police, Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion and Van Halen lead the list of the 20 top-grossing tours in North America in 2007, according to Pollstar’s official year-end data.
The long-awaited reunion of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland earned the trio $133.2 million over 54 shows with an average ticket price of $114.32.
The Police were one of only two acts to move over 1 million tickets this year, compared to four last year, while Kenny Chesney was the only artist on the list who achieved that feat in both 2006 and 2007.
Chesney’s gross of $71.1 million netted him the No. 2 spot, followed by Timberlake with $70.6 million, Dion with $65.3 million and the year’s other "OMG they finally did it" reunion, Van Halen, at $56.7 million.
Country’s favorite couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ($52.3 million), Rod Stewart ($49 million), Genesis ($47.6 million), Josh Groban ($43 million) and Rascal Flatts ($41.5 million) round out the top 10.
The other 10 spots on the list are filled by Rascal Flatts ($41.5 million), Bon Jovi ($41.4 million) Dave Matthews Band ($41.1 million), Billy Joel ($39.1 million), Roger Waters ($38.3 million), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band ($38.2 million), Hanna Montana / Miley Cyrus ($36 million), Elton John ($35.7 million), Jimmy Buffett ($35.6 million), Barry Manilow ($34.8 million) and Toby Keith ($34.3 million).
Although ticket prices went through the roof for some artists this year, average prices remained fairly steady.
Manilow and Dion hold the top spots at $141.72 and $141.26, while Dave Matthews Band and Toby Keith had the lowest averages at $47.80 and $49.41.
All total gross figures are in millions of U.S. dollars. All figures are for concert dates played during the 2007 calendar year. Average Tickets sold and Average Ticket Price are per city.
Pollstar started with more than 90 percent of the tour box office sales information on the Top 20 acts (100 percent on 15 of them) and then made estimates for any missing show data to provide the most accurate ranking possible for touring artists.