Touring Tina anything but a private dancer

'N Sync takes second with $59.2 mil

Reflecting the aging of the Woodstock generation, senior citizen and rock diva Tina Turner topped the year’s touring musical acts in a recently published list of top concert grosses.

The 61-year-old Turner’s international “farewell” tour grossed a whopping $108.8 million from 89 shows produced by mega-promoter SFX Entertainment, according to figures compiled by Amusement Business. SFX produced the year’s top three highest-grossing tours and seven of the top 25, the magazine reported in its Dec. 25 issue.

The hard-charging singer, a veteran performer of four decades known for Top 40 hits such as “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Proud Mary” and “Private Dancer,” was supported on the tour by acts including rocker Joe Cocker and pop singer Lionel Richie.

Teen heartthrob group ‘N Sync took second place on the Amusement Business list with a gross of $59.2 million. Alternative-rock group the Dave Matthews Band pulled up third with just over $58.6 million, while a Kiss reunion tour billed as the rockers’ last took fourth place with $58.6 million.

The Dave Matthews and Kiss tours were continuing at press time, the magazine noted. Amusement Business considered gross revenue numbers reported to the magazine from Dec. 13, 1999 to Dec. 4, 2000.

The highest-grosser for single-city concerts this year was Barbra Streisand, whose two sellouts at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas grossed $18.2 million. The pop diva’s concert dates in New York and Los Angeles took the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on the magazine’s top-concerts list.

Meanwhile, the music-business magazine Pollstar calculated in a recent issue that some $1.7 billion in concert tickets were sold in 2000, up from last year’s record $1.5 billion. The average concert ticket price was $43.75 this year, virtually unchanged from last year’s $43.63.

Between 1998 and 1999, concert ticket prices had jumped 30%.

Backstreet, U2 power tours

Looking into 2001, the Backstreet Boys, U2 and Pink Floyd are among musical performers expected to hit the road on major tours. While they won’t have much trouble selling tickets, others might suffer, according to the editor of Pollstar.

“As things tighten up, the more marginal acts will have a much tougher time,” the magazine’s Gary Bongiovanni said. “If they go out and sell between $45 and $80 a ticket, they will see oceans of empty seats.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)