U2 Top The List Of Highest Earning Concert Tour In 2011
Irish rockers, U2, have topped the list as the highest earning concert tour for 2011. During the last year they grossed around $293 million after having played 44 sold-out concerts on their 360° Tour to audiences around the world.
U2 began the 360° concert tour in June 2009 at Barcelona, Spain following the release of their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. The name 360° was chosen because wherever concert-goers were seated in the stadium, they were able to see the band playing. The stage was configured with a massive structure called "The Claw" that supported the sound system and video screen. The tour ended in July 2011 after 110 shows and having grossed $736 million in ticket sales.
Recently, footage emerged of U2 front-man, Bono, busking in Dublin with Damien Rice and Glen Hansard (singer from The Frames). Dressed in just plain casual clothes, the Irish national hero was barely recognisable and the buskers were asked by the local police to move on. Bono was really surprised by the incident, but when they started talking with police the incident was soon resolved.
Over in the US, the rock musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, has been officially running on Broadway since last June. The music and lyrics were written by Bono and The Edge and the story is based on Spider-Man Comics. The show is full of spectacular visual effects, garnering the highest of praise from the critics. To date, the show is now the most expensive Broadway production, with figures reported to be somewhere around $75 million. With running costs estimated at $1 million per week where net income is somewhere between $100,000 and $300,000, experts predict that the show will need to run for at least five years to pay off all costs.