December 29, 2010
Top 10 worldwide concert tours Band name?$XX millions Bon Jovi, 201.1 (gross millions) AC/DC, 177.0 U2, 160.9 Lady Gaga, 133.6 Metallica, 110.1 Michael Bublé, 104.2 "Walking With Dinosaurs," 104.1 Paul McCartney, 93.0 Eagles, 92.3 Roger Waters, 89.5
December 29, 2010 |
The concert business was hit in 2010 by some of the same tough economic times that have been gripping other factions in the music industry in recent years, but New Jersey rock group Bon Jovi has reason to pop the Champagne anyway. FOR THE RECORD: Pop music tours: An article in the Dec. 29 Calendar section about the top-grossing pop music tours of 2010 said Paul McCartney's North American tour grossed $61.8 million over 42 shows in 38 cities. The former Beatle took in that amount from 21 shows in 16 North American cities.
June 26, 2010 |
The U.S. team's manic run through the World Cup came to an abrupt end Saturday with a 2-1 overtime loss to Ghana that was decided on a splendid goal by Asamoah Gyan as the clock here ticked toward midnight. The Americans never led in regulation time in the tournament -- and never lost in regulation either. Yet they came within a goal of the quarterfinals only to be sent home on Gyan's shot in the dark. "The finality of it is brutal," said Landon Donovan, the L.A. Galaxy star who scored three of the five U.S. goals in the tournament.
May 26, 2010 |
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that U2 singer Bono's back gave out last week. Just look at what's been riding on it since the band launched its 360° Tour last year. "There's no question it's monumental," Arthur Fogel, Live Nation's chief executive of global touring and producer of U2's tours since PopMart in 1997, said Tuesday shortly after the promoter announced the postponement of the 16 shows on the North American tour leg after Bono's back surgery last week in Germany. "It's a massive production."
February 26, 2010 |
The frenzied crowd waved signs declaring "Hockey is Canada's Game." The Canadians then took to the ice Thursday and proved that declaration true -- at least as far as the women were concerned. Canada won its third consecutive Olympic gold medal, this time with a 2-0 victory over the U.S. Marie-Philip Poulin scored both goals for Canada, but it was Shannon Szabados' goaltending that was the difference. She made 28 saves and was named the tournament's best goaltender after giving up one goal on 51 shots in three games.
February 14, 2010
Pakistani rock icon Salman Ahmad is a singer-guitarist who includes Led Zeppelin among his influences and whose band, Junoon, has been called "the U2 of Asia." The autobiography's publisher, Simon & Schuster, describes Ahmad as being "in the center of a new generation of young Pakistanis who go to mosques as well as McDonald's." "Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution"
February 3, 2010 |
By most criteria, Paul McCartney and U2 have little reason to regard French composers Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas with envy. But Tuesday, Wagner and Thomas scored an Oscar nomination for best original song -- for "Loin de Paname" from the little-seen French movie "Paris 36" -- while neither "Winter," U2's contribution to the soundtrack of Jim Sheridan's "Brothers," nor McCartney's "I Want to Come Home," from the family dramedy "Everybody's Fine,"...
January 18, 2010
Bonus babies Re "Bank bonuses spark talk of a levy," Jan. 12 Maybe all the bonuses that the federally bailed-out bankers, stockbrokers and AIG executives received should be turned over to organizations trying to build a new Haiti. Robert Remes Dana Point Though there may be some element of unfairness in taxing big banks that have already returned the federal money they received (with interest), given all the facts and circumstances, I'm not really troubled.
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January 13, 2010 |
Maybe I should just go ahead and move to Malibu, or at least open a satellite office there. The drama there just doesn't quit. My last dispatch from The Bu involved a dust-up on the mountain above Surfrider Beach just outside city limits, where the U2 guitarist known as The Edge wants to build not one, two, three, or four, but FIVE houses the size of aircraft carriers. And he's calling the project -- I'm not kidding here, by the way -- Leaves in the Wind. Attentive readers will recall that surfing legend and incoming mayor Zuma Jay was in a huff about the project, arguing that yet another famous supposed environmental do-gooder was destroying what's left of paradise.
January 1, 2010 |
In just 20 beautiful days on the concert trail last year, U2 racked up the highest-grossing North American tour of 2009, pulling in $123 million at the box office in a year in which overall concert business was one of the music industry's remaining bright spots. The Irish quartet's bar-raising 360 Tour of sports stadiums, which visited 16 cities, sold more than 1.3 million tickets, translating to a nightly average of just more than 82,000 fans, according to Pollstar, the concert-industry tracking publication.