Van Halen Tour Grosses Nearly $100M

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I know this is quite obvious for the folks really following the live music industry, something we don’t always care to deal with here on the site, but the concert industry bloat really needs to get reigned in somehow. Someone like, needs to do something about this.

When news broke today of the final numbers from Van Halen’s “reunion” tour — a total gross of $93 million — I’m immediately abundantly surprised that there were this many music fans from around the country ready to line up for a nostalgia fest of epic proportions. My experience at concerts like this has been minimally enjoyable, and I guess it depends on how much of a fan you are of the band in question. The big surprise for me was realizing that there were that many VH fans still out there alive and kicking. And willing to spend hundreds on concert tickets…

Though not without setbacks, the Van Halen reunion tour ended up a massive success, wrapping June 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a total gross of more than $93 million and close to one million in attendance from 74 shows.

Let’s let the boomers keeps the stadium shows for now. I don’t plan on getting back into an amphitheater until Phish comes back.

Van Halen Tour Grosses More Than $93 Mil [Billboard]

  • James O’Brien

    What surprises me is that your a stupid bitch Justin and until now nobody has realized it…thanks for pointing out how out of touch with music in general you really are…Phish??? fuck your lame…

  • James O’Brien

    What surprises me is that your a stupid bitch Justin and until now nobody has realized it…thanks for pointing out how out of touch with music in general you really are…Phish??? fuck your lame…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Mr. Oliver

    I’m not surprised at all. I’m a huge VH fan since the first album, but had never seen the original lineup. I’m not one for oldies acts, but this was something I had to see.

    That said, it was a fantastic concert. THey really nailed the old shit, didn’t just walk through the motions. For my $.02 Alex is the most underrated drummer in the land.

    I was all over tickets when they went onsale and only sold my MSG show when I saw that they weren’t changing the setlist each night.

    Now, to your point Justin, who are these people that are spending $300 to see the Eagles. That is just wrong.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Mr. Oliver

    I’m not surprised at all. I’m a huge VH fan since the first album, but had never seen the original lineup. I’m not one for oldies acts, but this was something I had to see.

    That said, it was a fantastic concert. THey really nailed the old shit, didn’t just walk through the motions. For my $.02 Alex is the most underrated drummer in the land.

    I was all over tickets when they went onsale and only sold my MSG show when I saw that they weren’t changing the setlist each night.

    Now, to your point Justin, who are these people that are spending $300 to see the Eagles. That is just wrong.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    Maybe we’re learning something here…

    The Eagles – bad? (as evidenced in The Big Lebowski)

    Van Halen – good?

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    Maybe we’re learning something here…

    The Eagles – bad? (as evidenced in The Big Lebowski)

    Van Halen – good?

  • James O’Brien

    Exactly
    Van Halen – Very Good

    Eagles – Not so good…espesailly for $300

  • James O’Brien

    Exactly
    Van Halen – Very Good

    Eagles – Not so good…espesailly for $300

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Mr. Oliver

    I could not imagine spending any amount of money to hear “Desperado” live.

    Then again, hearing “Unchained” was priceless.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Mr. Oliver

    I could not imagine spending any amount of money to hear “Desperado” live.

    Then again, hearing “Unchained” was priceless.

  • Rockinray

    I saw the tour in 1979 and would not have missed it in 2008. well worth the money.
    VH played 2 hours 10 minutes most top acts only do 90 minutes so again well worth the money…………..

  • Rockinray

    I saw the tour in 1979 and would not have missed it in 2008. well worth the money.
    VH played 2 hours 10 minutes most top acts only do 90 minutes so again well worth the money…………..

  • dan knuteson

    Phish? Obviously you are a dumb assmother fucker who has no clue as to what is going on. You probably will vote for Obama which proves your stupidity. VH rocks!! Fuck off and quit writing stupid shit.

  • dan knuteson

    Phish? Obviously you are a dumb assmother fucker who has no clue as to what is going on. You probably will vote for Obama which proves your stupidity. VH rocks!! Fuck off and quit writing stupid shit.