The North American concert business is not off to last year's blistering pace, but business is strong, according to numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from January through June.

Attendance is 20.4 million so far this year, generating box office of $1,054,932,091 from 6,886 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore Jan.-June 2007. That's down 4.5% from last year's Jan.-June gross, but represents only a 1% decrease in attendance. The trend for most of the past decade has been for dollars to outpace attendance. The number of shows reported to this point this year, 6,886, is down 4% from this time last year, likely reflecting both lesser activity so far as well as tardy reporting.

In the first half of 2007 the average per-show attendance is up slightly and gross is virtually even when compared to 2006. The average gross per show sits at $153,199 while the average attendance is 2,957, compared to $153,926 and 2,866, respectively, this time last year.

Last year was a record-grossing year for the touring industry, with acts like the Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and Bon Jovi all putting up huge numbers.