A while back Idolator posted some year-end lists from this year’s music tours. Two of those lists caught my attention.

Top 10 Selling Tours of 2007 (Based on total dollar volume of tickets sold)
1. Hannah Montana
2. The Police
3. Bruce Springsteen
4. Van Halen
5. Justin Timberlake
6. Kenny Chesney
7. Jimmy Buffett
8. Dave Matthews Band
9. Bon Jovi
10. Genesis

The Hannah Montana thing is par for the course. Each and every year, there’s a new teenybopper show that all the kiddos have to see. You’ll also see something a little stomach churning in the list below, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Is there a recurring theme going through your mind as you explore the list above? How about 6 of the 10 on the list being acts whose true glory years were laid in the late 1970s or 1980s? What does this say? I guess it says one or two things: people my age are spending a lot of money on concerts and people younger than us aren’t (other than the Hannah Montana thing……and we’ve removed that from this analysis). Seeing this list has actually made me sad. The big beacon for me here is that there is no such thing anymore as one truly popular band that transcends it all. For me, back in high school it was U2 and in college it was Nirvana. Who are the flag bearers today? Nobody. The music business has ruined music. There is one benefit, though – much of the bands I love still play intimate places. Nothing better. Although something tells me that seeing Band of Horses in a sold out arena would be nothing short of sensational.

Highest Average Tour Ticket Prices (For tours that sold over 3,000 total tickets)
1. Celine Dion – $347
2. Elton John – $260
3. Hannah Montana – $257
4. Eric Clapton – $253
5. Bon Jovi – $239
6. Bruce Springsteen – $226
7. Van Halen – $217
8. Genesis – $210
9. The Police – $209
10. Michael Buble – $195

This list disgusts me on many levels. That Hannah Montana’s business folks are charging an average of $257 per ticket makes me want to puke. This means if you and your spouse want to take your two daughters to see the show, it’s $1028 just to walk through the turnstiles. Add another $25 for parking, at least $50 for food/drink and another $17,000 for TicketMaster fees and you’re looking at a loan just to see a 15 year old teen exercise her 15 minutes of fame. Ouch. Shame on pretty much everyone on the list. And who the hell is Michael Bubel? I’ve never heard of him. But listening to the song that pops up on his website, it feels like Christopher Cross for the oughts.

There, I’ve finally worked Christopher Cross into my blog. Mark the date.

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