If you're going to go big, make sure to do it convincingly. That's the trend we're seeing for last month's TicketNetwork.com Top Ten, as ticket sales for the final dates of George Strait's "Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour far outstripped any other event at TicketNetwork.com.
This shouldn't surprise anyone too much. After all, we've known that the final dates are in 2014 for a little over a year, and on October 24 speculation arose that Strait's final tour date will be on June 7. So now is the time to get your tickets if you want to see him before he hangs up his hat for good, and fans have indeed responded to impending final dates in a big way.
The tour dates with the most ticket sales last month included the January 17 show with Eric Church, the February 7 show with Martina McBride, the February 15 date with Little Big Town, the April 5 show with Lee Ann Womack and Merle Haggard, and the February 28 date with McBride.
* Rankings and other data are as of 10/4/2013 3:00 p.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
In the last Top 10 in mid-September, it seemed that the Ringling Bros. Circus was heading for a third month at the top. Well, I can now report that that has indeed happened! This makes Ringling the first event to top the list for three months in a row since this series was started.
Last month I noted that it was Ringling's affordable tickets that was keeping it at the top, but what does that mean exactly? Well, the success of any event is based on demand for the tickets plus pricing them at a level ticket buyers are willing to pay. In September, the overall average selling price for Ringling Bros. tickets listed on TicketNetwork.com was $41. Between all the cities on the Ringling tour, average prices were mostly in the $30 range.
For a second month, the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus is at the top of the list. If you're not keeping track, the last time this happened was with Monster Jam Trucks in January and February. Before that it was with Taylor Swift in November and December.
Ringling Bros. in doing very well indeed thanks to plenty of affordable tickets, and its heyday might not be over. For the first time since I started reporting all of the Top 10 events for August 2012, it seems very possible that a non-concert, sport, or theater event will claim the top spot a third time in a row. It's not a guarantee, just a possibility. However, I think there's some evidence for it. There are a couple reasons it could happen:
- Ringling Bros. is already in the top spot (just barely). It's challenged by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but sales for TSO could potentially slow down after initial onsales are complete. Last year TSO made the list in September, but didn't get near the top until November.
- Other than TSO, there is no other strong contender. Luke Bryan's tour ends in October, so sales will naturally slow down as that wraps up. The same is true of Jason Aldean, who came in a distant third this month.
Ultimately, only time will tell, so come back next month for the results!
* Rankings and other data are as of 9/18/2013 1:30 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
In July, the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus is once again back at the top after sitting a spot or three lower since April. As was the case last time it took the top spot, one city stood out among the rest. In July that city was Houston, TX, whose multiple shows accounted for nearly 40% of Ringling seats sold at TicketNetwork.com during the month. Other cities also contributed significantly to the lead, including Dallas, TX; Anaheim, CA; and Los Angeles, CA.
Other than that, July's Top 10 looks remarkably like June's Top 10, except for the addition of Selena Gomez's first solo tour and Pearl Jam's fall tour. Both performers made the list for the first time this month.
* Rankings and other data are as of 8/5/2013 3:30 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
As we go into the Independence Day weekend, it's hard to think of a band on this list as more of an American music tradition than The Eagles. It is true, as I wrote last month, that country music is the top genre in most of the nation, but I doubt Luke Byan comes up on the Top 20 (or 10) list of classic artists. The same is also true of the other American artist on the list, Bruno Mars. They may yet become legends in their own right, but at the moment they're too new. When it comes to all-things American, The Eagles is a long-standing tradition like baseball and fireworks (even though it's actually a Chinese invention).
It is therefore fitting that they should take the #1 spot for June's Top 10 Events list. The "History of The Eagles" tour kicks off on Saturday, July 6, in Louisville, KY, and fans have been claiming the tickets in droves. During the month of June, the city for which Eagles fans most purchased tickets at TicketNetwork.com was Dallas, TX. The Eagles will have two concerts at American Airlines Arena on October 11 and 12. The Dallas shows were among the ones the band announced on May 30. Sales for this city far outstripped any others, and there's quite a bit of time to go before October 11, so it will likely do even better as the date approaches.