'N Sync, DMB Scaling Back To Smaller Venues

The two acts that played the most stadium concerts this year, 'N Sync and Dave Matthews Band, will scale back to smaller venues in 2002, Billboard Bulletin reports. A stadium run by 'N Sync grossed mo

The two acts that played the most stadium concerts this year, 'N Sync and Dave Matthews Band, will scale back to smaller venues in 2002, Billboard Bulletin reports. A stadium run by 'N Sync grossed more than $90 million this year, but the group will tour arenas beginning next spring, sources say. The group is currently off the road but is confirmed to perform at the Feb. 24 closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

As for DMB, it grossed more than $65 million from a combination of stadiums and amphitheaters in 2001 and has added more stadiums to its route each year. However, the band will play arenas and amphitheaters starting in April.

"We've been in the stadiums for a while, and now we've made a conscious decision to downsize and make it easier on everybody," says Coran Capshaw, the band's longtime manager. Rather than a response to economic or cultural factors, the move relates to the "stress levels" involved with such large venues, says Capshaw, adding that DMB has enjoyed success at the stadium level. "We went to stadiums to address the volume of people that want to see this band. When 50,000 people come to see the show, we've addressed that demand."

Capshaw adds that DMB, which pulled the plug on a planned European tour this fall due to travel concerns, is considering another shot at Europe for next year.

DMB bassist Stefan Lessard recently told Boston radio station WBCN-FM that the group will hit a San Francisco studio in mid-February. Of the self-produced sessions, Lessard said the group would likely record some new songs and re-do tracks it previously put to tape with producer Steve Lillywhite; those recordings were leaked onto the Internet as a sort of companion to this year's officially released RCA set "Everyday."