Willie Nelson on Pollstar Global Concert Pulse


The Top 5 of the Pollstar Global Concert Pulse remains unchanged from last week, with mammoth stadium tours from Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones grossing around $10 million per city while, although a distant third, Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s European stadium tour still grosses more than $5 million per market, showing the health of this summer’s touring business.

While U2’s still-awesome $3.6 million per market may look lackluster in comparison, it’s important to remember Bono and the band already did 50 shows in 2017, mostly stadiums, which put the band on top for the year with $316 million grossed worldwide.

New on the Global Concert Pulse this week is the Red Headed Stranger himself, Willie Nelson at No. 51, who has been on the road again, sometimes with Alison Krauss, sometimes with the Family. Recent boxoffice reports include May 27 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., which was configured for 2,881 capacity and grossed $310,335 with Cris Jacobs and Sturgill Simpson also on the bill.

With  Krauss, he played KFC Yum! Center May 23, with 5,863 tickets sold and $398,551 grossed, and State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill, which moved another 5,452 tickets and grossed $414,485. Being a model of consistency, he also sold 5,065 tickets May 16 at BOK Center (Krauss co-bill), grossing $441,335, and two nights at Whitewater Amphitheatre in New Braunfels, Texas, for the smokers’ holiday  April 20-21, where he sold out 10,590 tickets and grossed $532,590.

Over the last three months he’s put up an average gross of $329,566 per market with 4,772 tickets sold and $69 being the average ticket price.

At 85 years old, Nelson has recently had to postpone concerts due to illness and a few shows were stopped short citing shortness of breath, but he seems to be having no trouble out there now. He has dates into August with Krauss, multiple nights of his Outlaw Music Festival and more solo dates in the fall.

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