Most of the touring business news so far this summer has been about cancellations and slumping sales, but a look at the most successful tours of the first half of this year shows that some acts are doing bang-up business. As a sampling of what's working on the road this year, the list is ideal in that it crosses a wide range of demographics and genres. Along with
Leading the way at midyear is AC/DC, whose Black Ice tour has been a commanding presence around the world in stadiums and arenas worldwide since launching last year. A highlight for the veteran Australian act was a triumphant February run through its native market. For the period covered, AC/DC added $118 million in gross and more than 1 million in attendance to last year's respective totals of $135 million and 1.6 million. Black Ice has clearly tapped into a demand for AC/DC, resulting from the band's eight-year absence from touring, and takes its place as one of the band's most successful tours.
Bon Jovi has emerged as one of the most consistent acts in touring history in the past decade, and the band's current Circle trek is extending its run of blockbuster tours. Just 35 shows in, the tour has rung up $52 million in gross and more than a half-million in attendance. This is the third consecutive Bon Jovi tour promoted internationally by AEG Live and is on track to surpass the band's 2007-08 Lost Highway tour, which at more than $210 million is the ninth-highest-grossing tour of all time.