DMB makes more money, loses spots on moneymaker list
They say that less is more, but when is more lesser? When you're the Dave Matthews Band, apparently. Such was the case Tuesday when tour industry publication Pollstar put out its list of the top-grossing North American tours for 2006 so far. Despite selling more tickets and making more money than this time last year (70,165 tickets and $2.7 million more, to be exact), DMB missed the top 10, coming in at 16. That's eight spots down from their place on the 2005 year-end list.
But Charlottesville needn't sell off all its Dave assets just yet, according to industry insiders. "They're not slipping," says Pollstar's Gary Bonngiovanni. "They've done 14 shows at an average ticket price of $42.12. Look at the acts above them. Madonna is charging an average of $186 per ticket, Kenny Chesney's done 37 shows."
In fact, Dave and company are easily one of the most wallet-friendly acts in the top 20. Only Mexican heartthrob Luis Miguel (#11) charges his fans less on average.
But has the Dave Matthews Band overtaken the other gianormous act to play our fair city, the Rolling Stones? This list says a definitive "no," with the Stones coming in at #2 grossing $52.5 million to DMB's $16.1 million having also played just 14 North American shows.