Monday, May 20, 2024

2012 Rock Tours: Bruce Played For Most People, Madonna For Most Moolah


The stats are in the big tours for 2012. Bruce Springsteen played for the most people, but finished second money wise. That’s because he charged less money per ticket than Madonna, who finished first in box office take but was second to Bruce in numbers of people she entertained. Yes, it’s a fine line between greed and good. This year, Madonna also had the album that dropped the most from number 1 in the history of the charts– her “MDNA,” which was DOA thanks to a wonky system of including CDs and download with ticket sales. “MDNA” got no Grammy nominations. Bruce’s “Wrecking Ball” held up better, and merited a couple of good Grammy nods after all. Springsteen also probably beat Madonna in amount of time spent singing live on stage and not lip-synching. Madonna beat Bruce for number of times she infuriated an international government, offended a local audience, or started her show late.

Roger Waters, Michael Jackson/Cirque du Soleil, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and Van Halen were the other big grossers of the year.  LiveNation’s Arthur Fogel was voted by this column as hardest working concert producer for 2012. He may still be touring with U2 somewhere near Neptune.

According to Billboard:



Total Gross: $228,406,085     Number of Shows: 72
Total Attendance: 1,635,176   Number of Sell-Outs: 72

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Total Gross: $199,371,791     Number of Shows: 72
Total Attendance: 2,165,925  Number of Sell-Outs: 54


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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