Top 20 Tours of 2005 (By The Dollars)

I know it’s an age-old debate that might not be worth bringing up, but looking at the list of the top grossing concerts during 2005 is like looking at the list of some of the greediest, musicians you’ll ever see…

From Pollstar…

Here are the Top 20 Touring Artists of 2005. The first dollar amount is the total gross is in millions of U.S. dollars for all dates worked in North America. The second dollar amount is the artists’ average ticket price.

  1. The Rolling Stones $162.0 / $133.98
  2. U2 $138.9 / $96.92
  3. Celine Dion $81.3 / $136.04
  4. Paul McCartney $77.3 / $135.46
  5. Eagles $76.8 / $104.17
  6. Elton John $65.8 / $102.46
  7. Kenny Chesney $61.8 / $54.63
  8. Dave Matthews Band $57.0 / $47.09
  9. Neil Diamond $47.3 / $63.02
  10. Jimmy Buffett $41.0 / $76.49
  11. Mötley Crüe $39.9 / $46.48
  12. Green Day $34.8 / $38.07
  13. Toby Keith $31.6 / $46.11
  14. Rascal Flatts $28.2 / $34.92
  15. Bruce Springsteen $26.3 / $81.00
  16. Gwen Stefani $24.2 / $54.46
  17. Coldplay $24.1 / $40.80
  18. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers $23.6 / $38.05
  19. Barry Manilow $22.7 / $153.93
  20. “Anger Management Tour” $21.6 / $64.03

This list just makes me want to puke for a couple reasons. $160 a ticket for Barry Manilow? Who the hell does he think he is, but more so, is his crew that expensive or what? This always just looks like pure greed to me. I don’t know why we (the live music attending audience) would ever put up with shit like that. Someone that knows the business–please correct me if I’m wrong here. I know it’s not inflation…

So obviously, I (nor a majority of my readers) would never put up with anything like this.

But wait, how much would be too much for a Phish reunion? I know my price…