It pays to be Bon Jovi. And it pays to be in Bon Jovi. Hell, it pays to be even associated with Bon Jovi. However you slice it, the New Jersey boys are big business, and the band topped the list for 2008's biggest tours.
In all, Bon Jovi's Lost Highway tour, promoted in North America and Europe by AEG Live, grossed $210.6 million and drew 2,157,675 fans.
New Jersey was doubly represented by Bruce Springsteen
Madonna, Police, Spice Girls also big
Other big draws were Kenny Chesney ($86 million), Neil Diamond ($81.2 million), The Spice Girls ($70 million), The Eagles ($56.6 million) and Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million).
2008's top-grossing engagement was The Spice Girls' 17-night sold-out run at London's O2 Arena, which earned $33.8 million. Not bad for a group once written off as one-hit wonders.
Concert biz up but flat
The overall touring business grossed slightly less than $4 billion worldwide, a record-setting amount and up almost 13 percentover last year.
However, global reported concert attendance was flat in 2008, with 6 percent fewer shows. On a show-by show basis, though, the average box office gross in the US was up 18 percent and average attendance is up 6.3 percent.
Which means, you're going to less shows, but those shows you're going to, you're going to big-time.