Robert Hilburn's Intimate View Of Rock History
New Music Industry Briefing For Monday July 24, 2006

Worldwide Touring Income Jumps 24%

The Rolling Stones were the top grossing tour for the first half of 2006 followed by U2 and Bon Jovi.  The Stones grossed $147.3 million from 45 shows worldwide according to figures reported to Festival_10Billboard Boxscore. U2 grossed $73 million for the period  despite postponed Pacific Rim dates. Bon Jovi was the third-highest-grossing act reporting more than $65 million. Rounding out the top 10 were Billy Joel ($47.4 million), Cirque du Soleil's Delirium ($38.7 million), Aerosmith ($35 million), Coldplay ($29 million), Luis Miguel ($25 million), The Trans Siberian Orchestra ($24 million) and Paul McCartney ($17.6 million

Total reported gross dollars for January-June 2006 from touring were up 24.6% from the same period last year. Higher ticket prices were behind the increase with attendance is up only 5.4%.