Global concert box office tumbles 12 pct-Pollstar

* Number of tickets sold down 15 percent

* Number of shows on the top tours down 8 pct

* Ticket prices up 4 pct

NEW YORK, Dec 30 (BestGrowthStock) – Box office receipts for the
top grossing concert tours slipped sharply around the world in
2010, as music fans cut back on the number of shows they
attended and top acts put on fewer shows.

The 50 most popular tours, by artists such as U2 and Lady
Gaga, grossed $2.93 billion worldwide in 2010, down 12 percent
from 2009, according to concert industry magazine Pollstar.

Concert goers bought 38.3 million tickets globally for
those shows, down 15 percent from last year, and the total
number of shows on the top world tours was down 8 percent.

Artists and promoters such as Live Nation Entertainment Inc
(LYV.N: ) got some relief from the 4 percent increase in ticket
prices this year.

In North America, the 50 highest gross tours grossed $1.69
billion, or 15 percent less.

The top grossing tour worldwide was by Bon Jovi, whose 80
shows grossed $201 million worldwide. Other top grossing acts
in 2010 included Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, heavy metal
bands AC/DC and Metallica, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and
1970s-era hitmakers the Eagles.
(Reporting by Phil Wahba; Editing by Derek Caney)

Global concert box office tumbles 12 pct-Pollstar