Michigan Material Girl Madonna was the big winner in the 2012 global touring sweepstakes.
The Bay City-born, Rochester-raised pop icon's MDNA Tour, which played Nov. 8 at Joe Louis Arena, was the year's top trek according to trade magazine Pollstar. Madonna grossed $296.1 million after selling nearly 2.2 million tickets to her 88 shows around the world. Coming in at No. 2 was Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, registering $210.2 million with nearly 2.3 million ticket sales in 81 shows.
The rest of Pollstar's Top 10 included Roger Waters' "The Wall" tour, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal," Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's Brothers of the Sun tour, Metallica, Elton John and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The full list and statistics can be found at www.pollstarpro.com.
The magazine also reported that the concert business was down from 2012. The Top 50 tours registered a combined gross of $3 billion, a two percent drop from 2011, while ticket sales slumped from 35.48 million in 2011 to 34.9 million last year. Some good news, though, was that the average ticket price declined about 60 cents to $85.93.