By Greg Haymes
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who opened their wallet to buy tickets to the big concerts last year, but now it’s official. 2013 was a record-breaking year for the concert industry world-wide, according to Pollstar, the concert industry-tracking publication. The Top 20 concert tours raked in $2.43 billion in ticket sales, a whopping 24 percent increase over the 2012 figures – an increase of more than $470.5 million.
So who had the biggest money-making tour of the year, scooping up more than a quarter of a billion dollars around the globe? That was Bon Jovi earning a $259.5 total gross, the highest in its career. (Of course, the reviews weren’t always so good – especially for the band’s July 22 tour stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, that had lots of angry fans howling for their money back.) With a gross of just $201.1 million, Bon Jovi also landed at the No. 1 spot on the 2010 list.
In 2013, Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter tour and Pink rounded out the top three. And there were a couple of newcomers to the list, too. One Direction grabbed 10th place by grossing a total of $114 million, while Bruno Mars clocked in at No. 17 with his $72.4 million total.
On the down side, only three of the Top 20 top grossing concert tours made a stop in Nippertown last year: Bon Jovi at SPAC; Fleetwood Mac and Kenny Chesney at Albany’s Times Union Center.
Here’s the run-down of the Biggest Grossing Worldwide Concert tours, according to Pollstar: