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Madonna, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen Log Highest Grossing Tours of 2012

Madonna, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen Log Highest Grossing Tours of 2012

Madonna had the highest grossing tour of 2012, with Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters coming in at the numbers two and three spots, respectively.

Madonna’s MDNA tour grossed $228,406,085 throughout the course of the year, and all 72 of her shows were sell-outs, according to Billboard. Total attendance for the tour was more than 1.64 million people. She earned a total of $800 million throughout the previous decade, including $408 million for her “Sticky & Sweet” tour, which took place in 2008-2009.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band had a higher total attendance of 2.17 million people, but lower ticket prices kept his total gross for the year at just shy of the $200 million mark. The group also played 72 shows during the year, and 54 of those were sold out.

Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters came in third on the list with a gross of $186 million. Waters also played 72 shows throughout the year and sold out 51 of those with a total attendance of 1.68 million.

Number four on the list went to Cirque Du Soleil for the Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, which grossed $147.31 million. Coldplay followed very closely at number five with $147.19 million. Tours rounding out the top 10 are by Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Van Halen, Jay-Z & Kanye West, and Andre Rieu.

Other than Madonna, very few of the tours that made the top 25 had all of their shows sell out. Others included Lady Gaga (65 shows), Barbra Streisand (12 shows), Jason Aldean (59 shows) and Taylor Swift (21 shows). Justin Bieber came close to this milestone as well, selling out 28 of 29 shows on his Believe tour.

Pearl Jam’s 2012 tour contained the least amount of shows of any other artists on the list with 11. Total attendance for those 11 shows was 337,613.



Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters Step Up for Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters Step Up for Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert

As the Northeast continues to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, a new concert has been announced to raise money to aid the victims of the disaster.

Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Kanye West are among the big names that will appear at the “12-12-12” concert. As you might imagine from the name, the concert will take place December 12, 2012, and will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Other notable artists slated to appear at the event include Alicia Keys, Billy Joel and Jon Bon Jovi. All three of these artists, as well as Springsteen, are from the either New York or New Jersey and saw their hometowns hit by the storm. Organizers James Dolan, John Sykes and Harvey Weinstein promise that additional artists will be added to the lineup in the near future.

“‘12-12-12’ is shaping up to be a showcase of musical royalty,” organizers said in a statement. “The response of the entertainment community to help those most affected by Sandy has been nothing short of astounding.”

Money raised during the event will be administered by the anti-poverty group Robin Hood Relief Fund. The group also organized the post-9/11 “Concert for New York City” in late 2001.

Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Joel also appeared in “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” an NBC telethon held just after the storm that was aired live on a number of television networks the Friday after the storm hit. Participants in the telethon also included Jimmy Fallon, Sting and Christina Aguilera. That event raised more than $23 million for relief efforts. Hurricane Sandy killed more than 100 people and left thousands homeless.

Another telethon will be hosted by MTV tonight, November 15. “Restore the Shore” will feature the cast of “Jersey Shore” and be broadcast at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.


The Wall Tour Continues as Roger Waters Heads to Europe

The Wall Tour Continues as Roger Waters Heads to Europe

When Roger Waters played the last date of “The Wall” tour earlier this year, he said that his touring career was over. Turns out, that wasn’t exactly true, as he will once again tour with “The Wall” throughout Europe this summer.

The news comes during a slew of Waters news this week, as he has performed with a group of veterans at a Heroes Benefit in New York and announced that he will likely make a new album.

First up is the tour, though, which will kick off July 20, 2013 in Belgium and is scheduled to run through September 18 with a show in Dublin. In between, the tour also will visit Rome, Copenhagen, Vienna and Amsterdam, among other cities.

“I’ve had to rethink the whole things about stadiums,” he said in a statement concerning his performance of the classic Pink Floyd album. “This wide wall stadium show couldn’t have been done 40 years ago. We couldn’t have filled the space in a way that would have been emotionally, musically and theatrically satisfying. Technology has changed. Now we can.”

At the “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit in New York last week, Waters performed backed by 14 veterans. The set list included Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

Rolling Stone spoke to Waters before the event, when he revealed he has been contemplating making a new album. He told the magazine that the new album will likely be a concept album titled Heartland, and that he has already written one song for the set.

“I’m absolutely determined to make another album,” Waters said. “And I think this new song may give me the chance to do that. It provides a cornerstone and a core idea for me to write a new album about. You know, it’s just one of my obsessions, which is, I’m sort of obsessed with the idea that religious extremism is a maligned factor in most of our lives.”

Roger Waters, Grace Potter Join ‘Love for Levon’ Event

Roger Waters, Grace Potter Join ‘Love for Levon’ Event

Grace Potter and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters are among the latest additions to the already star-studded “Love for Levon” concert, which will pay tribute to the late Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist for the Band.

The two will join previously announced artists My Morning Jacket, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Eric Church, Joe Walsh, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt, Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes and many more at the event. John Mayer was originally scheduled to play, though it is unclear if he will appear now that he has undergone throat surgery and is currently unable to sing. The singer-songwriter has appeared at other events, including this past weekend’s Southern Ground festival in Nashville, playing his guitar but staying away from the microphone.

Garth Hudson, the keyboardist and horn player for the Band, also will appear at the concert, which will be held October 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Helm died earlier this year as a result of throat cancer. Proceeds from the event will go to save his home/studio in Woodstock, N.Y., which is the site of many of Helm’s famous “Midnight Rambles.”

Speaking of which, there will be a third installment of the Levon Helm Band’s Midnight Rambles Sessions released in November, it was recently announced. The new collection, which is one of Helm’s last projects before he died, will be released November 20.

The collection brings together a slew of recordings from the “Midnight Ramble” concerts, and features a slew of guest musicians, including Chris Robinson and Allen Toussaint, playing with the Levon Helm band.

“They made some cool, unpredictable song choices. They highlighted some of the real core aspects of the Ramble,” said Amy Helm, Levon’s daughter that is a member of the band. She went on to speak of Levon’s dedication to the Midnight Ramble concerts.

“He wanted to build an environment where music was holding its rightful place,” she said. “If he’d had his way, he would have had the Ramble every night. He always said that.”

Roger Waters Takes ‘The Wall’ Tour to Stadiums in 2012

Roger Waters Takes ‘The Wall’ Tour to Stadiums in 2012

One of last year’s most successful tours was Roger Waters resurrecting ‘The Wall.’ Though he didn’t have his Pink Floyd cohorts to keep him company onstage, Waters sold out arenas across the country with his rediscovery of the classic Floyd album. It seems success is contagious as Roger Waters has announced ‘The Wall’ tour will be returning to North America in 2012.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Waters said that the 2012 tour will be targeting baseball stadiums in key cities as well as arena in those locales neglected on the tour’s first pass. In the interview, Waters said, “we want to base the tour around Saturday nights in baseball stadiums. As we speak, I’m at my office working on an outdoor version of the show.” A few stadiums mentioned were Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.

Waters made ‘The Wall’ Tour a worldwide phenomenon in 2011, spending most of the year on the road crisscrossing the globe. You can almost guarantee that tour promoters are looking to line up another run in Europe to compliment the coming US dates. Roger Waters has said that this run may be his last tour. I think the real question on fan’s minds is will there be any other special appearances by David Gilmour like we saw towards the end of last year’s tour at London’s O2 Arena.

Pink Floyd released the concept album ‘The Wall’ in 1979, and toured in support of it in 1980-81. It is highly recognized as one of the greatest albums of all time, selling 11.5 million albums as of 1999.

U2, Roger Waters Lead Concert Industry to 11% Increase in 2011

U2, Roger Waters Lead Concert Industry to 11% Increase in 2011

We already learned this week that albums sales in 2011 have increased, which is the first increase since 2004. Now the music industry has just received more good news. For the first six months of this year concert revenue has increased 11 percent.

Pollstar reported the good news. The company’s figure was arrived at by examining the earnings from the top 50 highest grossing worldwide tours, which earned a total of $1.65 billion. North America’s music industry was particularly strong, with a 16.2 increase in earnings.

Overall ticket sales, however, showed a 2.1 decrease, down to 16.4 million. What this means is fewer tickets were purchased but more was paid. The cost of the average ticket price saw a 13.6 increase to $10.23.

Gary Bongiovanni, Pollstar editor, hypothesized that perhaps the figures could be explained from better artist packaging or artists performing in smaller venues with higher prices, which tend to increase the costs of the show but offer better value for fans when it comes to their money spent on tickets.

So who were the artists driving the increased revenues? The leader was U2, unsurprisingly, with revenues of $164. The band was followed by $97.9 million from Roger Waters, $921 million from Bon Jovi, $65.3 million from Lady Gaga and $62.2 million from Usher.

Later this month the gigantic “360 Tour” of U2′s is coming to end. Hopefully the music industry will be able to remain strong once it current biggest earner is no longer on the road.

Pink Floyd Reunites at Roger Waters Concert in London

Pink Floyd Reunites at Roger Waters Concert in London

Thursday night, the surviving Pink Floyd members reunited onstage at O2 Arena in London during a stop from the Wall Tour of Rogers Waters. It’s just the second time Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason have performed together during the past 30 years. “Comfortably Numb” was performed by Gilmour and Waters, with the arena crowd going completely insane. During the “Outside the Wall” finale Gilmour came to the stage with Mason, who was playing a tambourine.

Just like on the 1980-81 original tour, Gilmour performed his epic solo over the Wall. Last July, Roger Waters promised Gilmour would be playing the song at one of his tour shows. However, the surprise involvement of drummer Nick Mason was kept under tight wraps. The last time they performed together was in 2005 at Live 8. Richard Wright, the original Pink Floyd keyboardist, died in 2008.

The appearance of Gilmour was confirmed on the official Gilmour fan blog just hours before their reunion. The blog noted, I want to remind everyone tonight is definitely a one-time performance. David will not be repeating another special guest performance in the future. I’m sorry I have to disappoint those crossing your fingers and with tickets for upcoming shows.

This past July, right before Waters launched the Wall tour, Gilmour played a short set with him that benefited the Hoping Foundation. They did a cover of “To Know Him Is To Love Him” by Phil Spector to close the set. Initially, Waters told Gilmour he wouldn’t sing that song with him due to the superior vocal skills of Gilmour.

On Facebook, Waters wrote, I resolutely clung to my fearing failure until he made one last plea one day. He said, if you will perform “To Know Him Is To Love Him” at Hoping Foundation’s gig, then I will come and perform “Comfortably Numb” for one of the Wall shows. I could have been knocked down using a feather. That was so fucking cool. It blew me away. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I just couldn’t. No way.

Pink Floyd fans went hysterical when they heard the news, especially since they had no idea which show from the very long tour it would end up being. Although, it was a safe bet that it would be during the run of six shows at the O2 Arena in London since Gilmour lives near the venue. Pink Floyd, earlier in the week, announced a gigantic reissue campaign. No doubt the timing was to coincide with the seminal event. The press would voraciously cover the concert event as well as mention details from their reissue campaign.

It’s the third reunion for the former band mates since Waters departed after the original 1981 Wall tour. The first reunion came in 2005 at Live 8. The second was last year for the Hoping Foundation’s benefit. Waters says he would be interested in a short Pink Floyd reunion tour. However, Gilmour won’t even consider it. Mason was asked by Rolling Stone last week if a reunion was possible. He said, there were no plans at all. Live 8 was great. We we are able to do something to help people. We also proved we were capable of working together again. I am really happy my children were able to see it. I would think at some time it could be regenerate. I live with hope. However, there isn’t any reason to put on Twitter “Nick Says Pink Floyd Will Reform!”

Roger Waters Brings ‘The Wall’ to North America this Fall

Rumors have been circulating for years that fabled Pink Floyd principle Roger Waters would resurrect “The Wall” and take it on the road, performing it cover-to-cover. Well that day is here. Waters has announced that he will be hitting 33-cities in North America in the fall. The run will kick off in Toronto, Ontario on September 15 and carry through to December 13 wrapping in Anaheim, California. A complete listing of Roger Waters tour dates are outlined below.

“The Wall” was originally released in 1979, and has only been played in its entirety a handful of times – during the 1980-81 Pink Floyd tour as well as commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 where Waters was joined by and ensemble cast.

Roger Water’s last studio album was 1992s “Amused to Death” and he released Ca Ira, an opera based on the French Revolution, in 2005. He had had a new album in the works for years, but no new light has been shed concerning its release or if he has even entered the studio to lay tracks down.

2010 Roger Waters Concert Tour
September 2010
15 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
20, 21 – Chicago, IL – United Center
26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
28 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

October 2010
5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
8 – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena
10 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
12 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
15 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
17 – Ottawa, Ontario – ScotiaBank Place
19 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
22 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
24 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
26 – Omaha, NE – Qwest Center
27 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
29 – St. Louis, MO – ScotTrade Center
30 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

November 2010
3 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
8, 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center
13 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Bank Atlantic Center
16 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
18 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
20 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
21 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
23 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena
26 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
27 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
29 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum

December 2010
1 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum
6 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
10 – Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors Place
11 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
13 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center