Paul McCartney tour tops ticket sales

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As everyone knows (unless you live under a rock), Paul McCartney is coming back to the U.S. this month for a five-city tour! Sir Paul begins his On the Run tour with two days at Yankee Stadium on July 15 and 16. After that, he'll visit Detroit, spend two days in both Chicago and Montreal, and then cap things off in Cincinnati. The tours mark McCartney's first performance at the new Yankee Stadium.

Although he's only playing eight shows, McCartney typically doesn't leave the States without selling out every venue. He's one of the few performers who can completely take over the lead on ticket sales by just announcing a few dates. As an example, see the chart below of the top five artists from last month.

Chart showing the percentage of Paul McCartney tickets sold in June versus other top-selling bands.

As you can see, the McCartney tour completely dominated ticket sales for several days, though demand tapered off later. Still, the sales on those few days made McCartney the top-selling artist of June. The most recent mid-month takeover of this magnitude that I can think of was the Jay-Z and Eminem dates from last year.

Of course, McCartney does so well because he's a former Beatle, but also because he's led a very successful solo career. His ability to continue leading in ticket sales, even after more than 50 years of playing music, is nothing short of amazing.

Paul McCartney Tour Dates

July 15New York, NYYankee Stadium
July 16New York, NYYankee Stadium
July 24Detroit, MIComerica Park
July 26Montreal, CANCentre Bell
July 26Montreal, CANCentre Bell
July 31Chicago, ILWrigley Field
August 1Chicago, ILWrigley Field
August 4Cincinnati, OHGreat American Ball Park

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Fred Anderson
Fred Anderson said...

Mosgt influential person in Rock Music

August 13, 2011 at 6:55 PM