These numbers do not include several summer concerts but they do include all shows that were officially part of the 2010 Play On tour, which concluded on December 22nd with a concert at the Palace Of Auburn Hills in Michigan.
Links to Pollstar’s analysis, the numbers, Idol-related appearances on Pollstar’s list, and a note about Season 9’s American Idol Tour compared to Season 8’s American Idol Tour after the jump.
According to Pollstar’s analysis:
The Top 50 Tours North America grossed a combined $1.69 billion which was down about 15% from last year’s $1.99 billion. Total tickets sold was 26.2 million which was down about 12% from 2009’s 29.9 million. Total show count was down about 3% to 2, 114. Unlike the Worldwide chart, the average ticket price in North America dropped $1.55 or about 2%.
Despite 2010’s downward trend in a tough economy, Carrie’s Play On Tour improved on the numbers from her 2008 Carnival Ride Tour which reported 90 dates, grossing $27, 161, 237 and selling 569, 213 tickets (Carrie also coheadlined a 27 date tour with Keith Urban that year that grossed $18.5 million and sold over 275, 000 tickets).
Carrie’s 2008 Carnival Ride Tour averaged 6, 325 attendance and $301, 792 gross per night. Her 2010 Play On Tour averaged 7, 637 attendance and $375, 490 gross per night. That’s a 20.7% improvement in average attendance and a 24.4% increase in average gross.
The Season 9 American Idol tour did not make this year’s Top 50 list. The Season 8 American Idol Tour featuring Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and the rest of the Season 8 finalists ranked #28 on Pollstar’s Top 50 Tours Of 2009 list, grossing $30.1 million. The #50 tour on 2010’s Pollstar list grossed $14.3 million.
There are a few other American Idol-related appearances on Pollstar’s 2010 lists. Kellie Pickler opened Taylor Swift’s North American tour (#19 on Pollstar’s North American Tours List) in spring 2010 and she opened the fall leg of Rascal Flatts’s tour, and they came in at #22 on Pollstar’s North American Tours List and #47 on Pollstar’s Worldwide Tours List for 2010 with $28.4 million grossed. Danny Gokey opened a number of dates on Sugarland’s tour which came in at #38 on Pollstar’s North American Tours list with $19 million grossed. Also Steven Tyler‘s band Aerosmith came in at #33 on Pollstar’s Worldwide Tours list.