Sold out shows included the Stones, U2, Pearl Jam.
The Wachovia Center in Philadelphia has wrapped up what will likely be the busiest two weeks in the venue's history. From Oct. 3-17 it hosted the Rolling Stones, U2, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters, along with sports events from the Flyers, the 76ers and the Phantoms, all at the 21,000-seat arena.
The lucrative two-week period featured six sellout concerts, including Pearl Jam (October 3), the Rolling Stones (October 10 and 12), the Foo Fighters with Weezer (October 13) and U2 (October 16-17).
The combined concert gross alone will likely top $10 million. All concerts were promoted by Electric Factory save the Stones, who are promoted worldwide by Michael Cohl’s Grand Entertainment.
Some 100,000 people attended these shows. For the six concerts alone, the venue moved 21,953 t-shirts.
One of the musical highlights came when Bruce Springsteen joined U2 on Monday for "People Get Ready". Midway through the number Bono called Springsteen's wife, Patty Scialfa to join them on stage.
These two weeks are part of a mega fall lineup at the Wachovia Complex which also includes Nine Inch Nails at Wachovia Spectrum on Nov. 5; Gwen Stefani and Black Eyed Peas at Wachovia Center Nov. 6; Bruce Springsteen in a solo acoustic performance at Wachovia Spectrum on Nov. 8-9; Aerosmith with Lenny Kravitz at Wachovia Center on Nov. 23; Bon Jovi on Dec. 2-3; Dave Matthews Band on Dec. 13; and Transiberian Orchestra on Dec. 17.
The complex is managed by John Page for Philadelphia-based venue management firm Global Spectrum.
The Wachovia Center is a finalist for the Top Arena award at Roadwork ‘05, the Billboard Touring Conference, Oct. 25-26 in New York City. The award, based on actual box office reports to Billboard Boxscore, will be handed out at a special reception at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York on Oct. 26.