After four weeks in the top five, Eric Church makes his jump to No. 1 on Pollstar‘s LIVE75 chart based on ticket sales averages from six concerts in three U.S. arenas.
The country headliner is 14 weeks into his Double Down tour that is booked in North American cities through November. With sold-out shows in 13 markets already in the books since the Jan. 18 launch, the tour has bagged $36.5 million at the box office. The number of fans in attendance has numbered 379,800 so far.
Eric Church makes his stand at No. 1 with a ticket sales average of 13,987 from two-night engagements at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis., on March 29-30, American Airlines Center in Dallas on April 12-13 and Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse (formerly Quicken Loans Arena) the following weekend. With sellouts at all six shows, the combined gross reached $7,582,823, an average of $1,263,803 per show – second only to Michael Bublé’s average gross that stretched over $1.5 million from his 10 sold-out performances during the 30-day chart eligibility period.
Church’s total tickets at Fiserv Forum hit 26,592, just 1,174 fewer than the final number from the Dallas shows, but Cleveland fans bought the most tickets of the three markets with a count of 29,564. The ticket price scale matched the earlier dates on the tour, generally with a low in the $20 to $30 range and a high ticket topping out at $139.
This week’s HOT SHOT debut belongs to the touring production “The Price is Right Live” with boxoffice data reported from theaters in three U.S. cities in the past month. The popular American game show’s live edition appeared at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and performing arts centers in North Charleston, S.C., and Durham, N.C., to earn a sold-ticket average of 2,883 per show. The family show enters the LIVE75 tally at No. 19 this week, ahead of 27 other artists or events making their first appearance on the chart.
The new BREAKTHROUGH honoree this week – supplanting Christian comic John Crist who held the designation for four consecutive weeks – is another comedy event: the live touring production of “Red Green.” Based on the longtime Canadian television series, the touring show claimed an average ticket count of 1,196 from shows at nine U.S. theaters. With five sold-out performances and the other four just on the cusp, 98 percent of available tickets in all the venues were sold. Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre drew the biggest crowd among the nine with 1,483 sold seats on March 26.
The Allman Betts Band secures the NOISE MAKER moniker with a 19-position jump from No. 75 last week to No. 56 on this chart. Led by Devon Allman and Duane Betts, sons of the late Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, the band averaged 738 sold tickets at four concerts following the launch of their new world tour. It kicked off on March 27 at the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Bowl, one of the four dates included in this recap. Subsequent shows in Plattsburgh and Huntington, N.Y., and Hopewell, N.J., also contributed to the attendance average.
Six tribute bands appear in the lineup, led by Brit Floyd at No. 26. The Pink Floyd tribute band from Liverpool averaged 2,382 tickets from four events to earn their mention. Chicago-based Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra follows at No. 42 with a 1,270-seat average. Both bands jumped in the rankings from last week. New to the list is Tusk with a tribute to Fleetwood Mac landing at No. 51. The Music of Cream featuring members related to the legendary band’s original pioneers also bows this week, taking the 57th position. Badfish, a tribute to Sublime, jumps 12 slots to No. 61 this week. Finally, Start Making Sense honors the music of Talking Heads with a chart entry at No. 66.