The Eagles carried their hot streak
into 1995, scoring the most lucrative American concert tour of the year.
Last year, the reunited supergroup wound up in third place on Pollstar magazine’s list of top-grossing concert tours.
This year - with the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and guitarist Glenn Frey’s tummy troubles all out of the band’s way - the Eagles will soar to first place, with total domestic ticket sales of $63.3 million.
Pollstar, the concert industry’s
leading trade magazine, published its annual lineup of box office winners this week.
The Eagles’ tally is still far short of the record-breaking revenues garnered in 1994 by the Stones and Floyd, whose $100-million-plus stadium treks headed up the concert industry’s all-time biggest year.
1995 was the sort of year when the Grateful Dead - a long-time touring force until Jerry Garcia’s August death - could land in fourth place with only 45 shows.
Filling out the top five were soulsters Boyz II Men, alterna-rocker R.E.M. and the Jimmy Page-Robert Plant reunion.
With the year’s dearth of stadium extravaganzas - and the resulting lower overall revenues - local promoters say they like to look at ‘95 as a transition time.
“I wouldn’t call it a down year,” said Rick Franks, president of Cellar Door Productions.
“Bands that in the previous 12 months were hardly known have become large national headliners - Hootie & the Blowfish, Live, the Cranberries.
” These are the new hot tickets.”
xxxx The 1995 Top Ten 1. The Eagles, $63.3 million, 58 shows 2. Boyz II Men, $43.2 million, 134 shows 3. R.E.M., $38.7 million, 81 shows 4. Grateful Dead, $33.5 million, 45 shows 5. Page-Plant, $32.4 million, 68 shows 6. Van Halen, $32.7 million, 68 shows 7. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, $27.5 million, 89 shows 8. Reba McEntire, $27.4 million, 101 shows 9. Elton John, $22.5 million, 41 shows 10. Elton John-Billy Joel, $22 million, 12 shows -Pollstar magazine