Season 8 Idol Tour – Final Concerts Stats and Wrap-up

Concert Stats for Sep 9-10, 12-15: Wilkes-Barre, Bridgeport, Portland, Providence, Syracuse and Manchester. Plus a wrap-up after the jump:


Sep 9: Wilkes-Barre, Pa.: 6,707 of 7,901 (85%): $423,876
Sep 10: Bridgeport, Conn.: 8,421 of 8,421 (100%): $535,509
Sep 12: Portland, Maine: 6,238 of 6,238 (100%): $395,868
Sep 13: Providence, R.I.: 8,922 of 8,922 (100%): $551,084
Sep 14: Syracuse, N.Y.: 5,576 of 5,576 (100%): $359,130
Sep 15: Manchester, N.H.: 8,612 of 8,612 (100%): $545,541

Summary of Concerts (6): 44,476 of 45,670 (97%): Total Revenue: $2,811,008 Avg Revenue: $468501: Avg Attendance: 7413

AI-8
Total Gross: $30,071,631
Total Attendance: 483,512
Number of Tickets Available: 564,938
% Capacity: 85.6%

Average Gross: $578,301
Average Attendance: 9,298
Average Ticket Price: 62.19
Number of Shows: 52
Number of Sell-outs: 8
Percentage of Sell-0uts: 15%

Lowest Attendance (tickets): 5,576: Syracuse, N.Y.
Highest Attendance (tickets): 14,288: North Little Rock, Ark.
Lowset Attendance (percentage): 65%: Vancouver, British Columbia
Highest Attendance (percentage): 100%: North Little Rock, Ark.; Duluth, Ga.; Boston, Mass.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Portland, Maine; Providence, R.I; Syracuse, N.Y; Manchester, N.H.
Lowest Gross: $359,130: Syracuse, N.Y.
Highest Gross: $820,823: North Little Rock, Ark.

Previous Report

  • Kirsten

    I`ve finally had a chance to compile stats from the raw data:

    AI-1
    Total Gross: $8,086,600
    Total Attendance: 257,680
    Number of Tickets Available: 313,431
    % Capacity: 82.2%

    Average Gross: $269,553
    Average Attendance: 8,589
    Average Ticket Price: $31.38
    Number of Shows: 30
    Number of Sell-outs:5
    Percentage of Sell-0uts: 17%

    Lowest Attendance (tickets): 4,694: Detroit, MI
    Highest Attendance (tickets): 13,046: Washington, DC
    Lowest Attendance (percentage): 50%: E. Rutherford, NJ; Nashville, TN
    Highest Attendance (percentage): 100%: Detroit, MI; Worcestor, MA; Altlantic City, NJ; Washington, DC; Sacramento, CA
    Lowest Gross: $171,504: Detroit, MI
    Highest Gross: $426,040: Washington, DC

    AI-2
    Total Gross: $15,546,772
    Total Attendance: 407,404
    Number of Tickets Available: 477,961
    % Capacity: 85.2%

    Average Gross: $379,190
    Average Attendance: 9937
    Average Ticket Price: $38.16
    Number of Shows: 41
    Number of Sell-outs: 17
    Percentage of Sell-0uts: 42%

    Lowest Attendance (tickets): 2,905: Boise, ID
    Highest Attendance (tickets): 14,645: Charlotte, NC
    Lowest Attendance (percentage): 42%: Boise, ID
    Highest Attendance (percentage): 100%: Hartford, CT; Detrioit, MI; Toronto, ONT; Cleveland, OH; Worcester, MAx2; Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC; E, Rutherford, NJ; Uniondale, NY; Providence, RH; Albany, NY; Raleigh, NC; Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; San Jose CA; Anaheim, CA
    Lowest Gross: $121,455 : Boise, ID
    Highest Gross: $477,963 : Charlotte, NC

    AI-3
    Total Gross: $11,372,423
    Total Attendance: 250,862
    Number of Tickets Available: 420,332
    % Capacity: 59.7%

    Average Gross: $232,090
    Average Attendance: 5,120
    Average Ticket Price: $45.33
    Number of Shows: 49
    Number of Sell-outs: 3
    Percentage of Sell-0uts: 6%

    Lowest Attendance (tickets): 2,060: Evansville, IN
    Highest Attendance (tickets): 10,479: E Rutherford, NJ
    Lowest Attendance (percentage): 27%: Indianapolis, IN
    Highest Attendance (percentage): 100%: 3xHonolulu, HI
    Lowest Gross: $91,080: Evansville, IN
    Highest Gross: $478,853: E Rutherford, NJ

    AI-4
    Total Gross: $17,364,290
    Total Attendance: 392,094
    Number of Tickets Available: 437,136
    % Capacity: 89.7%

    Average Gross: $403,821
    Average Attendance: 9,119
    Average Ticket Price: $44.29
    Number of Shows: 43
    Number of Sell-outs: 12
    Percentage of Sell-0uts: 28%

    Lowest Attendance (tickets): 3,657: Des Moines, Iowa
    Highest Attendance (tickets): 14,304: Philadelphia, Pa.
    Lowest Attendance (percentage): 60%: Des Moines, Iowa
    Highest Attendance (percentage): 100%: Sunrise, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Reading, Pa.; East Rutherford, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; Worcester, Mass.; Manchester, N.H.; Grand Prairie, Texas
    Lowest Gross: $164,272 : Des Moines, Iowa
    Highest Gross: $633,132: Philadelphia, Pa.

    AI-5
    Total Gross: $35,291,883
    Total Attendance: 646,996
    Number of Tickets Available: 673,268
    % Capacity: 96.1%

    Average Gross: $598,168
    Average Attendance: 10,966
    Average Ticket Price: $54.55
    Number of Shows: 59
    Number of Sell-outs: 20
    Percentage of Sell-0uts: 34%

    Lowest Attendance (tickets): 6,048: Syracuse, N.Y.
    Highest Attendance (tickets): 15,337: Greensboro, N.C.
    Lowest Attendance (percentage): 80%: Austin, Texas
    Highest Attendance (percentage): 100%: 2xManchester, N.H.; 2xWorcester, Mass.;Hartford, Conn.; Albany, N.Y.; 2xEast Rutherford, N.J.; 2xUniondale, N.Y.; Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Cleveland, Ohio; Rochester, N.Y.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Richmond, Va.; Greensboro, N.C.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Portland, Ore.; Huntington, W. Va
    Lowest Gross: $357,758 : Syracuse, N.Y.
    Highest Gross: $791,159 : Philadelphia, Pa.

    Season 6: (not fully reported)
    Total Gross: $21,621,525 (52 concerts); $17,070,935 (42 concerts)
    Total Attendance: 360,865 (52 concerts); 281,364 (42 concerts)
    Number of Tickets Available: 413,307 (42 concerts)
    % Capacity: 68.1% (from 42 concerts)

    From 52 concerts
    Average Gross: $415,799
    Average Attendance: 6,940
    Average Ticket Price: $59.92
    Number of Shows: 59
    Number of Sell-outs: 0
    Percentage of Sell-0uts: 0%

    Lowest Attendance (tickets): 3,577: Nampa, Idaho
    Highest Attendance (tickets): 10,136: E. Rutherford, NJ (average of 2)
    Lowset Attendance (percentage): 40%: San Antonio, Texas
    Highest Attendance (percentage): 95%: Portland, Maine
    Lowest Gross: $217,035: Nampa, Idaho
    Highest Gross: $605,172: Rosemont, Ill

    AI-7
    Total Gross: $29,340,006
    Total Attendance: 482,870
    Number of Tickets Available: 565,485
    % Capacity: 85.4%

    Average Gross: $564,239
    Average Attendance: 9,286
    Average Ticket Price: $60.76
    Number of Shows: 52
    Number of Sell-outs: 8
    Percentage of Sell-0uts: 15%

    Lowest Attendance (tickets): 3,940: Evansville, Ind.
    Highest Attendance (tickets): 13,101: Rosemont, Ill.
    Lowset Attendance (percentage): 59%; Cincinnati, Ohio
    Highest Attendance (percentage): 100%: San Jose, Calif; Rosemont, Ill.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Manchester, N.H.; Worcester, Mass.; Duluth, Ga.; Tulsa, Okla.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Providence, R.I
    Lowest Gross: $230,814 : Evansville, Ind.
    Highest Gross: $773,060 :Rosemont, Ill.

    Raw data sources:
    Season 1-3: Posters at Pulse
    Season 4-5: The often imitated, never duplicated, Nevada
    Season 6: Leaked Boxscores, Idol Stages
    Season 7-8: Leaked Boxscores

  • Valentin432

    You were right Mj, the NE sure likes its idols.

    ETA: Thanks for the stats Kirsten.

  • luvadamlambert

    Wow thanks mj and kirsten!

  • evanjane

    You’re quicker than me Valentin432, I was just about the same thing. To bad Kris was too ill to perform in Bridgeport. Kris said it was one of their biggest crowds. I think most were sympathetic. I saw Idol in Hartford, so lucked out there. Quite a nice showing in these hard economic times. 1000 workers look close to losing their jobs at Pratt & Whitney.

  • PattyH

    Wow, thanks for all that Kirsten! Seasons 7 & 8 are almost identical. Season 5 is still the biggest. With the economy and music business the way it is, probably no season will ever be able to top that.

  • Little Boy Blue

    Looks like no season is going to top the talent laden Season 5 in terms of gross earnings and total attendance (Taylor Hicks, Kat Mcphee, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, Paris Bennet, Kellie Pickler, Ace Young, Bucky Covington, Mandisa, etc.)

    The trend went down after season 5 but is back up again this season.

  • Tony

    LMAO. Season 5’s least successful show had 80% attendance.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Season 5 had more tour stops which accounts for some of the added revenue.

    Number of Shows: 59 vs. 52 for Season 8

    I’m sure Season 8 exceeded expectations considering the how bad the economy is.

  • Susan M.

    Kudos to the end-of-tour sellouts! Is that a regional thing or a word-of-mouth thing? Or both? Awesome!! Ya did good, Idols :-)

    ETA: Thanks Kirsten and MJ!!

  • Tony

    Ranked by number of sell-outs & % of sell-outs:

    1. Season 5 (20 – 34%) ZOMG TAYLOR
    2. Season 2 (17 – 42%) ZOMG RUBEN
    3. Season 4 (12 – 28%) ZOMG CARRIE
    (tie) 4. Season 7 (8 – 15%) ZOMG DAVID COOK
    (tie) 4. Season 8 (8 – 15%) ZOMG KRIS
    6. Season 1 (5 – 17%) ZOMG KELLY
    7. Season 3 (3 – 6%) ZOMG FANTASIA
    8. Season 6 (0 – 0%) ZOMG JORDIN

  • Kirsten

    Season 5 had more tour stops which accounts for some of the added revenue.

    Number of Shows: 59 vs. 52 for Season 8.

    If we normalize the number of concerts to 52:

    Season 8: Total Gross: $30,071,631
    Season 5: Total Gross: $31,104,710

    Believe it or not, ticket prices were sometimes a little higher in Season 5 for the top tier tickets. Prices for the top tier tickets ranged in price from $62.50 to $72.50 (this year, the top tier tickets were $69.50). The second tier tickets are more expensive this year.

    Part of the reason you see the lower average ticket prices for Season 5 is because the more expensive tickets tend to sell-out before the nosebleeds. With all it’s near capacity crowds, Season 5 sold more of the cheap seats (and likely more cheap seats were made available. Seats they normally might not try to sell).

    It’s tough to compare across seasons, but I would say S7 and S8 are in a statistical tie. Season 5 is the champ and Season 3 and 6 are bringing up the rear.

    Some have theorized that Idol comes in phases of 3. First year defines the phase. Second year solidifies it (and seems to give rise to the most dedicated fan bases). Third year collapses. Repeat. Let’s hope S9 breaks the pattern.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Season 3 didn’t do so well. Was that Carrie’s season?

  • Kirsten

    Season 3 didn’t do so well. Was that Carrie’s season?

    Carrie was Season 4. Season 3 was Fantasia, Diana, Jasmine (hence the sold out Hawaii concerts), LaToya, George Huff, John Stevens (? Red), Jennifer Hudson, JPL… er…and some other people.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    No Carrie was season 4.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Carrie was Season 4. Season 3 was Fantasia, Diana, Jasmine (hence the sold out Hawaii concerts), LaToya, George Huff, John Stevens (? Red), Jennifer Hudson, JPL’ ¦ er’ ¦and some other people.

    No guy in the top two….I wonder if that contributed to the low numbers?

  • jammasta

    Wow, Season 8 somewhat outdid season 7? That’s pleasantly surprising :).

    Also, WOW @ Little Rock. Man, they do love Kris so much :D.

  • Soapbox0916

    Well, I guess this explains how I managed to get front row tickets on the floor in front of the stage to the show in Evansville during season 3. Not expected to seeing it for the lowest attendance in season 3. Yikes!

    The stadium seats about 12,500 and it seemed to be mostly full. The very top tier of nosebleed seats were completely empty and blocked off, but that is actually pretty normal. There are several tiers and the floor was crammed with chairs and the rest of the stadium actually seemed pretty close to full, if excluding the top tier.

    I thought I had heard of an estimate of around 7,000 when I was there talking with one of the ushers before the show started that night, which I thought that number was disappointing. Seems like I would have noticed it if only 2,060 were actually there instead. I don’t doubt your reliability, but wow, now I feel like I can’t count. OMG! Wow!

    I guess this also helps explain why Evansville is building the new stadium at a smaller capacity. I am stunned by this number. Oh, and I see Evansville also has the lowest record for season 7 too. Darn! This means AI won’t come back. I am sad.

  • Kirsten

    I thought I had heard of an estimate of around 7,000 when I was there talking with one of the ushers before the show started that night, which I thought that number was disappointing.

    The capacity of the venue for those concerts was about 7K. IDK. It’s consistent with the S7 values that were reported by the promoter.

  • suebrody

    Wow, Season 8 somewhat outdid season 7? That’s pleasantly surprising :) .

    I wonder if that has to do, in part, with blogs and fansites and Twitter. I didn’t go last year, tho I adored Cook (and b/c he wasn’t playing in Boston; otherwise I might have), but had to go this year. Aside from Adam, I also wanted to see Kris, Allison, and Matt. But that’s not really the point; the point is that I felt far more invested in the Idols than I did in previous seasons. I felt as if I knew so much about the music, and then as time went on I knew so much about the Idols themselves (from interviews and their tweets). I watched all of S6, but had no interest in going to the show.

    Thanks, Kristen. You are amazing!

  • 123abc456

    Season 8 did not “outdo” Season 7 sorry. They were a statistical tie a few hundred tickets out of hundreds of thousands does not mean they “outdid” them. They sold about the same. Twitter or no twitter, fansites or no fansites.

  • Soapbox0916

    The capacity of the venue for those concerts was about 7K. IDK. It’s consistent with the S7 values that were reported by the promoter.

    I was thinking about that after I posted. It makes sense that 7K was the number of seats that were made available to begin with and that was the number I heard. I just mixed up the seats available with the attendance number. They don’t normally ever even use the top tier seats except for basketball games and super special events and 7K is typical for concert stats that I hear for the stadium. There are also seats lost behind the stage too that I forget about. It is country that gets the higher stats.

    I guess since I was standing next to the stage on the floor that I could not truly see the rest of the stadium very well. I just saw the sea of people behind me. The floor was packed, but I guess that was only a few hundred people, and I wasn’t really looking that far out because I am short, so I guess I assumed that it seemed fuller.

    I do believe your numbers and I think they are correct, but I feel like my memory has played a trick on me.

  • Q3

    123abc456: Season 8 did not ‘outdo’  Season 7 sorry. They were a statistical tie a few hundred tickets out of hundreds of thousands does not mean they ‘outdid’  them. They sold about the same. Twitter or no twitter, fansites or no fansites.

    Just to be accurate, statistical ties only apply to forecasts and sample projections, not to actual quantative facts. Season 8 had higher receipts and attendence than Season 7. It is not a tie, but damn close.

  • ksgirlfordc

    Season 8 tickets cost more than S7 tickets so of course the receipts would be higher. The difference in total attendance was 642. Big woop. Both seasons did well in a terrible economic climate. The venues and cities were different. Why is it always a competition?

  • Sherena

    Oooh, Season 8 did REALLY well. Better than I expected…a little better than last season, in a tougher economic situation. That’s great. And it bodes well, I think, for this year’s Idols. Hopefully. If Season 5 was just ~special in terms of the Top 2 bombing, then the seasons with higher attendance tend to have more successful people come out of it. ^.^

    Thank you Kirsten.

  • cher

    thanks for the stats, Kirsten and MJ. Very interesting numbers.

  • Mtlfan

    Thanks, Kristen. Good job at compiling!
    Thanks mj

    so season 8 is the 2nd most succesful.. that cool!!

    Special mention for Liitle rock and NE :)

  • 123abc456

    I guess Kirsten and Myself got it wrong it cannot be a statistical tie because we have actual numbers so I guess Season 8 is the winner. I am not sure what it won but it seems important to some. My point was that the difference in ticket sales between the two tours was insignificant but I forgot that in Idol land one side always has to “win”

  • Kirsten

    Just to be accurate, statistical ties only apply to forecasts and sample projections, not to actual quantative facts. Season 8 had higher receipts and attendence than Season 7. It is not a tie, but damn close.

    Yes, the term “statistical tie” was used incorrectly. IDK. There are just so many variables between tours (from the days that certain venues are hit, to changing economic climates, to changing artists), that results this close are almost spooky.

  • Q3

    I guess Kirsten and Myself got it wrong it cannot be a statistical tie because we have actual numbers so I guess Season 8 is the winner. I am not sure what it won but it seems important to some. My point was that the difference in ticket sales between the two tours was insignificant but I forgot that in Idol land one side always has to ‘win’ 

    Oh, I’m sorry, I reread what I wrote and I didn’t mean to be “AI8 beat AI7″. I was thinking solely about Statistics — and nothing more. And was just trying to be accurate.

    And yes, Kristen, it is eerie how close AI7 and AI8 ended up considering all the variables — and close in many ways. But I have to imagine that everyone involved with tours was thrilled with the results from both years.

  • http://www.f3properties.com Animated

    Thanks MJ and Kirsten for providing this information.

    Congratulations to Season 8. It’s recession . Business is dismal. Yet they made revenues very close to or even slightly higher than 2008- Season 7.

    Can this be considered an indicator of a strong support for the talents of Season 8, thus strong albums /singles sales for the Season 8 finalists ?

    But on the other hand, Season 5 outsold most of the other Seasons. Did they also outsell other Seasons in album sales ?

  • adamaloha

    Carrie was Season 4. Season 3 was Fantasia, Diana, Jasmine (hence the sold out Hawaii concerts), LaToya, George Huff, John Stevens (? Red), Jennifer Hudson, JPL’ ¦ er’ ¦and some other people.

    Ugh.

  • Squirrely

    Season 5 tour did well. Almost doubled season 4, it was my first so my dollars are in there.

    Thanks guys for compiling the numbers.

    ETA:
    Looking over the numbers, Season 5 narrowed down to 52 shows (thanks Kristen) still puts them above Season 8 and Season 8 did slightly better than season 7. Too bad we couldn’t get full data for Season 6.

    I wonder if it would have made a difference in what drove ticket sales if Adam or Danny had won, if the impact would have been higher or lower sales?

  • wiredforsound

    interesting data! I think the season that’s most impressive is Season 1. The show was supposed to be a summer filler program. No hype for the tour no previous tours to judge it on and they toured in the winter months when school was in session. Yet they sold out 5 shows and grossed only a few million less than season 3 with ticket prices averaging $31.00 and only 30 shows.

    The fact that these concert generate that much revenue is amazing regardless of who does better and i hope these contestants are getting a bigger cut than just a piddly $200K!!!

  • Squirrely

    and i hope these contestants are getting a bigger cut than just a piddly $200K!!!

    Doubt it – their 15 minutes is their reward. Honestly they could give each contestant way more that what we assume they are getting and still turn a huge profit.

  • IndyMuse

    Animated, in answer to your question, Season 5 did have Daughtry, whose debut was multiplatinum. Taylor’s album sold I think around $750k, not the greatest. After that I’m not sure. I don’t think they outsold Carrie or Kelly’s seasons on the whole, but were in the same ballpark. However, I don’t have exact numbers so I could be mistaken. I believe due to Daughtry alone, their records likely outsold the other seasons besides Carrie and Kelly’s.

    As to seasons 7 and 8, the difference is immaterial on attendance, which I think was 123abc456’s point. That is nearly rounding error. The take is higher due to higher prices.

  • http://www.irish-wolfhounds.com Buderschnookie

    Concert Stats for Sep 9-10, 12-15: Wilkes-Barre, Bridgeport, Portland, Providence, Syracuse and Manchester. Plus a wrap-up after the jump:

    Shouldn’t that bolded bit be “9-15″??

  • rowenaaine

    Buderschnookie, I think it means September 9th and 10th, and 12th thru 15th (11th being a day off). That’s how I’m reading it?

  • tyrpen

    Well, CD sales aside, I saw season 5 shows, before Kat came on board, Taylor was handling a larger share of the show, and judging from the crowds it seemed like most were wanting to see him, or maybe they were just the loudest. Could be his genre of music doesn’t sell so well, but people sure do like to watch him. Or it could be that when you don’t sign with 19E your promotion is not so good. Slight possibility?
    There was a reason season 5 added more shows, it was because they were doing so well. Also that whole crowd that year, Elliott, Bucky, Ace, Kellie and all had good fan bases.

  • BestAI

    and i hope these contestants are getting a bigger cut than just a piddly $200K!!!

    Doubt it ‘“ their 15 minutes is their reward. Honestly they could give each contestant way more that what we assume they are getting and still turn a huge profit.

    The higher the position, the more they get. Kris got the most, then Adam, and so on. I’m thinking #10 idol got over $200K, so who knows how much Kris got ($500K?)

  • BestAI

    Seasons 5 and 6 did 59 shows. Those guys sure must have been tired. I guess more shows, more money in their pockets, tho.

    As others have stated, considering the economy, Season 8 did exceptionally well. If the economy was the same as Season 5, they may have actually fared better than that season.

  • beehiway

    “and i hope these contestants are getting a bigger cut than just a piddly $200K!!!”

    ” Doubt it ‘“ their 15 minutes is their reward. Honestly they could give each contestant way more that what we assume they are getting and still turn a huge profit.”

    “The higher the position, the more they get. Kris got the most, then Adam, and so on. I’m thinking #10 idol got over $200K, so who knows how much Kris got ($500K?)”

    I was crunching a few numbers a while back and pondering what AI’s profits would be. I would hope that both Kris and Adam would receive more than the $100,000 per song (taking this no. from the more Knowledgeable ones on this board) due to the fact that they were required to perform other promo and recording duties.

    But assuming that they didn’t receive extra pay, then figure around $3,400,000 for all 10 idols (if i counted the no. of individual songs correctly) and figuring 65% in overhead costs, that includes crew, band, hotels, buses, food etc., then oh total is 19.5 mil. Profits would be about 23.7%, about 7 mil.

    Anyone know if this is typical for the industry?

    ETA: oh yeah, forgot about the cut in ticket sales to the venue. I don’t have any info on that.

  • ianaleah

    ticketmaster info online said ‘”no seats available’ tried a week later-same info- just before San Diego concert got 2 tickets by phone !!! first tier, good seats – but acoustics bad there. Season 7 with the Davids, and Jason Castro, Brook White., Carly, and also Michael Johns has more talent/ Season 8 was all about the best ever- Adam Lambert- and the only reason I attended. Even with economy what it is, when Adam has solo tour-whatever the cost, I want front row floor seats every city I can get to. :)

  • jpfan

    It’s cool that S8 matched S7 because the Davids had some big fan bases. I think overall S8 had a much better top 5 than S7 and that helped attendance.
    The deeper the field, the better. That’s what put S5 at the top of the list. The field of talent was very deep with almost each Idol having a significant fan base.

    If they ever get a season that deep in talent again, they’ll match those numbers. It’s not just the winner than draws the crowds.

  • Ladybug

    Interesting stats all around. I think part of the reason for the popularity of S5 over all was not just the great talent, but the variety of talent, appealing to all age groups and multiple styles of music. Just my opinion, but that is how it appears to me.

  • thataway

    This season featured contestant/artists that appealed to a wide age group. As someone who went to the Wilkes-Barre concert and took my 13 year old on a (gasp) school night, the promoters need to consider those statistics as well. The good thing is we live ( if we get a good parking spot) within half an hour drive of the arena. A number of people who had gone in the past did not go because the concert was in the middle of the week and on a school night. The next closest venue, Reading, was also on a school night. One year ago the Idol tour did not come to Wilkes-Barre. Two years ago they came on a Monday or Tuesday. The last time it was a weekend was Taylor Hicks.

  • hicksaholic

    Glad to see Season 5 still remains at the top. A lot of talent that year and a charismatic group starting with Taylor.
    I agree that although Taylor is nowhere near as successful a recording artist as others (partially due to genre of music he performs) he is one hell of a live performer and a lot of people went to see him that year.
    Season 8 IMO was so much better than the last two seasons but season 7 was way ahead of season 6(again just opinion).
    I wish Taylor had gotten one tenth of the promo and assistance from TPTB that Jordan seems to get. But I guess he was older and nowhere near as willing to be told what to do as Jordan probably is. Not signing with 19 obviously would make a huge difference too.