The Police reunion trek led all tours in 2007 with a gross that has passed $212 million and is still climbing. The global tour few thought would ever happen moved more than 1.8 million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore, prior to the Boxscore cutoff date of Nov. 13.
The Police tour was produced by TNA International and RZO Productions, and played stadiums, arenas and festivals.
Another heavy-hitting international arena/stadium outing was Genesis' Turn It on Again tour, produced by Michael Cohl's CPI. Selling out stadiums in Europe and arenas in the United States, Genesis' 46 shows grossed $129 million.
Third for the year was Justin Timberlake's FutureSex LoveShow tour, promoted
primarily by AEG Live, which took in $126.8 million and drew more than 1.6 million people worldwide.
The top 10 is rounded out by Kenny Chesney ($71.2 million), Rod Stewart ($70
million), Cirque Du Soleil's Delirium ($59.4 million), Roger Waters ($53.2 million), Tim McGraw/Faith Hill ($52.3 million), Christina Aguilera ($48.1 million) and Rascal Flatts ($41.6 million).
Prince's 21 sellouts at the O2 in London was the top Boxscore at more than $22 million. Madison Square Garden in New York was once again the top-grossing arena in the world at $76.6 million in box office, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver was the top amphitheater at $18.6 million.
Overall, North American concert dollars and attendance are down double digits this year, after a record year in 2006 with the Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2, Barbra Streisand and other big ticket tours on the road. North American gross concert dollars for 2007 are down 10.2% to $2.6 billion, and concert attendance is down 19.2% to 51 million.
"Yes, a 19.2% decrease in attendance is very disturbing, since it reflects that the consumers are not really supporting breaking and mid-level talent," AEG Live president/ CEO Randy Phillips says. "If this trend continues, who will be the headliners of tomorrow?"
For industry-leading Live Nation, 2007 "was a lighter touring year than 2006," according to Jason Garner, president of North American Music. "We saw fewer artists on the road, especially in our global touring unit. We had some great artists out; there were just less of them than past years."
© Billboard, by Ray Waddell