Any way you look at it, 2010 was a challenging year for the touring business.
There are, of course, plenty of ways to look at it. And, to be sure, business wasn't down for everyone. Certain sectors -- including country, most major festivals and tours by superstars in pop, urban and dance/electronic-performed well. The enduring draw of superstars is reflected by the achievements of the year's top touring acts, including Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas. Other veteran talents account for the balance of the year's top 10 tours: James Taylor/Carole King, the Eagles, Metallica, the Dave Matthews Band and Paul McCartney.