The Rolling Stones Hit No. 1 On LIVE75 Chart With Sold Ticket Average Of 50,307

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Ron Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards June 22 at Chicago

The Rolling Stones have appeared on LIVE75 for seven continuous weeks since debuting on the chart in Pollstar’s July 15 issue, yet this week marks their first stint at No. 1. The band has ranked either second or third on all seven previous charts but now takes the top ranking with a massive sold ticket average of 50,307 from three stadium shows. Those performances also scored a gross average of $12.1 million, the highest of any of the 75 artists on the chart.

The rock legends kicked off the North American leg of their “No Filter” tour at Soldier Field in Chicago June 21, the first of 14 stadiums on tap for the jaunt this summer. Two of the venues are included in the counts for this chart – Houston’s NRG Stadium with a show on July 27 and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. that hosted the tour for two nights (Aug. 1 & 5). All three shows drew capacity crowds for a total of 150,922 sold tickets, almost a third of all the tickets moved in the 10 shows that have been reported this year. With a total ticket tally of 474,397, the tour’s grosses from 2019 total $108.3 million from the first 10 concerts on the trek.

The “No Filter” tour began almost two years ago with a 28-show opening leg through European cities in 13 countries from Sept. 9, 2017 until July 8, 2018. With sales from last year’s shows in Europe added to the current run, the tour has amassed $345 million overall from almost 2 million sold tickets. Boxoffice data from the final six stadiums on the schedule will be tallied after the tour finale on Aug. 31.

The tour initially had to be rescheduled after frontman Mick Jagger required unexpected heart surgery in April.  

Longtime promoter, Concerts West co-CEO John Meglen, told Pollstar the team was up to the task of rescheduling. 

“You do it one, so it’s proper for the artist. And two, so it’s proper for their fans,” he said. “Those are the two main things you want to keep in mind. There is the old adage here, ‘If everybody starts freaking out, do the right thing and things have a way of working out.’

“The organization is just full of pros. It really is,” Meglen added. “Everybody in the Stones organization is as good as you get. Everybody knows how to handle things. Everybody just goes, ‘OK.’ They just go and do what they need to do. That’s what’s great.”

The chart’s HOT SHOT tour is a co-headlining trek with Bryan Adams and Billy Idol who enter at No. 16 based on a sales average of 8,057 from their limited run during August. The brief outing booked in U.S. cities kicked off in Gilford, N.H., Aug. 1 and marks the first joint touring effort for the veteran rockers. All but one of the eight reported shows were staged at outdoor amphitheaters with the largest crowds found at PNC Bank Arts Center in the New York City metropolitan area. The Holmdel, N.J., shed logged 12,964 sold tickets for a gross of $539,443 Aug. 10.

Chris Isaak owns the NOISE MAKER title based on movement in the rankings from No. 73 in the previous issue to No. 57, a leap of 16 positions. The rock artist, touring this year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his Heart Shaped World album, lands on the chart based on sales from eight performances stateside. The first was a sold-out appearance on July 28 at The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y. with a crowd of 1,069. An outdoor event two nights later produced the highest attendance among the eight concerts with 1,941 fans present at the Artpark Amphitheater in Lewiston, N.Y.