Boxoffice Insider: Dead & Co., Phish Top Slate Of New Year’s Eve Draws
Jay Blakesberg – Dead & Company
Dead & Company rang in the new year on the West Coast with two shows each in Los Angeles ($3.5 million grossed) and San Francisco ($4.2 million).
Along with the countdowns, crowds and confetti, high-profile events by some of the concert industry’s biggest draws are traditionally part of the celebration when it’s time to ring in the new year. Looking at box office results already reported to Pollstar from some of 2019’s major New Year’s Eve concerts, four acts stand out with high grosses from successful multiple-show runs.
Topping the list is Phish, with its annual string of performances at New York City’s Madison Square Garden leading up to and including New Year’s Eve.
With the exception of 2014, the jam band has ended its year at the Manhattan venue every year since 2010, and its four-night 2019 stand, which grossed $6.7 million total, also marked the fifth consecutive year the group has topped its personal best in gross revenue during the year-end stretch, surpassing its 2018 total by 6%.
The Live Nation-produced engagement drew 76,079 fans over four nights, making 2019 one of four years the band’s New Year’s stint at the Garden has surpassed 76,000 sold tickets; the best-attended of these is still 2013’s event, which moved 77,140 tickets over four nights.
Dead & Company also racked up a multi-million-dollar gross with a New Year’s run but on the opposite coast, performing in the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets to wrap the year.
The band sold out shows at the Forum in Inglewood Dec. 27-28 before heading home to the Bay Area to ring in 2020 at the Chase Center Dec. 30-31. With over 55,000 tickets sold at both arenas, the final grosses reached $3.5 million in L.A. and $4.2 million in San Francisco.
The shows marked the end of the 10-show “Fun Run” trek for Dead & Company, which is comprised of Grateful Dead alums Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. The stretch kicked off on Halloween at Madison Square Garden and also included two-night stands at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., and Hampton (Va.) Coliseum. Lady Gaga scores with a New Year’s stand marking the completion of the first year of her concert residency at the Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas.
From shows on Dec. 28, 30 and 31, Gaga’s box office earnings hit $5.5 million with 16,340 tickets sold, bringing the overall gross from her “Enigma” and “Jazz & Piano” productions to $53.9 million from 184,209 total tickets sold over 34 performances.
The residency launched on Dec. 28, 2018, and included 11 shows through early February 2019, a nine-show stint in May and June and 11 more performances last fall prior to the year-end run.
Finally, Maroon 5 joins the mix, with the New Year’s run it has staged at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center since 2012. The band took in $2.4 million and hosted 15,437 fans over two nights for its traditional multiple-show event to close out the year.