Streisand Eyeing Return To The Road?
Talk is heating up about a fall tour by Barbra Streisand, though published reports citing ticket prices that would top out at $1,500 are incorrect, a source close to her camp tells Billboard.com.Talk is heating up about a fall tour by Barbra Streisand, though published reports citing ticket prices that would top out at $1,500 are incorrect, a source close to her camp tells Billboard.com. It does appear a Streisand trek is in the works after two years of industry speculation that Streisand would embark on her first jaunt since 2000.
Sources say Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl is in talks to produce the Streisand tour. History shows that Streisand has not balked at exorbitant ticket prices, and that consumers have not balked at paying them.
Outside of an October 2005 surprise appearance at the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children benefit in Las Vegas, Streisand's last public performances were Sept. 27-28, 2000, at Madison Square Garden, two sellouts that grossed $14.4 million. Ticket prices for that show, billed as Streisand's farewell, were $2,500, $1,275, $375 and $150, according to Billboard Boxscore.
Streisand charged the same prices for Sept. 20-21 shows that year at Staples Center, grossing $12.6 million. Millennium sellouts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas grossed $18.2 million, with tickets topping out at $2,500.
Streisand has previously been credited with shattering the glass ceiling on concert prices with her 1993-94 tour, which sold out 22 dates with tickets as high as $350. That outing grossed nearly $60 million.
Streisand's manager, Marty Erlichman, would not confirm any details of a tour, but did not rule it out. "A tour is being explored, but nothing has been finalized, including important aspects not entertained in the media speculation today," he tells Billboard.com. "As soon as this is resolved one way or the other -- she may not go out -- the facts will be announced."