Author: Bob Allen

Top Draws: Superstars and Surprises

Perhaps the most impressive category is our archives is top draws among engagements consisting of just a single performance.

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Citizens Bank Park Hosts Summer’s Top Grosser

AJR lands at No. 1 on the latest Hot Tickets tally is the highest reported concert gross during the 2020 summer season: $323,496 from a two-night event at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

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Farm Aid Puts American Farmers Front and Center

FROM A SEED: John Mellencamp performs at the first Farm Aid in 1985 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (Getty Images) LIVE! LANDMARKS Among fall’s many live entertainment traditions, Farm Aid has been one of the most prominent for the past 35 years. The multi-artist concert was organized in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp as a benefit for America’s farmers and, in most years, has occurred in either September or October in U.S. markets stretching from Washington state to Washington, D.C. The first concert, on Sept. 22, 1985, in Champaign, Ill., was staged to raise awareness of the importance of family farms in the American culture as well as raise money — about $7 million that year — to help farmers remain in business during tough economic times. Along with the organizers, the first show featured more than 50 entertainers, generally musicians from country, folk and… Continue Reading Farm Aid Puts American Farmers Front and Center

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An Arena Horns In on the Drive-Ins

LIVE! ROUNDUP On a Hot Tickets chart dominated by outdoor drive-in performances, the sole indoor arena event leads the pack with the highest gross among reported shows during July. The socially distanced engagement featuring contestants on the Spanish televised talent competition “Operación Triunfo” is No. 1 with a box office take of $246,187. Madrid’s WiZink Center hosted the event, attended by 4,690 fans with two shows each July 25 and 26. The 2020 edition of the competition marked the show’s 11th season and kicked off Jan. 12. Even though the coronavirus pandemic forced delays in scheduling and ultimately virtual participation, the season finale aired June 10. Finalists from the show, appeared at the live event in Madrid. Ranked second on Hot Tickets is the top grosser among the drive-in shows, a three-night event staged in the City National Grove of Anaheim’s parking lot. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness drew fans… Continue Reading An Arena Horns In on the Drive-Ins

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Live! Roundup: A New Normal for Now

With the North American public eager for live entertainment in this pandemic-stricken year, artists, promoters and other concert industry professionals have had to look outside the box to create opportunities for live performing. The most prominent avenue for staging a live show this summer has been the drive-in concert. This month we are able to provide a Hot Tickets chart with the 20 highest-grossing concerts that occurred during the August issue’s reporting period (June 1-30), and 14 of those were staged either in actual drive-in theaters or venue parking lots with an audience watching the show from their own cars. Comedian Bert Kreischer scores the three highest grosses on the chart with June shows from his “Hot Summer Nights” drive-in tour. His top-ranked event was a two-show stint in Indianapolis at Tibbs Drive-In with box-office sales of $143,401. Attendance there totaled 2,842 on June 26. In most drive-in situations, ticket… Continue Reading Live! Roundup: A New Normal for Now

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