Total grosses reported to Amusement Business topped the $1 billion mark for the first time in two years and were up more than $190 million from last year. U2 finished as the top grossing act, reporting more than $138.5 million from 78 shows worldwide.
The Reba McEntire/Brooks & Dunn co-headlining tour finished tops among country acts, taking in close to $32 million; Garth Brooks led the way in country attendance, attracting 1.3 million fans and charging less than $20 per ticket. The top promoter of the year, including co-promotes, was Toronto-based The Next Attraction, which handled the Stones and U2 tours.
The top concert gross of the year was Michael Jackson’s three-night stand in July at Wembley Stadium in London, which took in more than $9.2 million. No act that has broken in the 1990s made its way into the top 10 tours of the year, giving credence to concern by promoters that not enough stadium- or arena-level headlining acts are being developed.
The most successful festival tours were Lilith Fair and Ozzfest, with others posting disappointing numbers.