What Can I Do With My Kids Around Christmas?

by Noiz 21. December 2014 21:25

What Can I Do With My Kids Around Christmas?

There’s a line from a Christmas song that goes: “…and mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again.”  It’s not that parents don’t like having their kids around during the winter break, it’s just that the two entities experience the same time frame in very different ways. 

For adults, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas goes by too fast.  They usually need at least an extra week to get everything done.  For kids, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas goes by too slow.  It’s easily three times longer than the calendar indicates; that means waiting for Santa to arrive can be excruciating.  This time conundrum is something that not even Stephen Hawking can solve.

So what to do with your kids to help them endure the long wait until Christmas?  What do to so you can catch your breath and relax for a moment?  How about taking your family to a live Christmas show? 

Below, Clickitticket looks at five live Christmas-themed shows that are completely family friendly and one-hundred percent appropriate “to kids from one to ninety two.”  These events will get you and yours into the holiday spirit as well as providing some meaningful family time.  And isn’t that what the Yuletide is all about, memories? 

Good news, most these shows run after Dec. 25 when family schedules usually open up.  Keep in mind, the following live events won’t speed or slow the passage of time, but will provide everyone in your clan with a great time. 

A Christmas Carol
“There's more of gravy than of grave about you…”

After The Nativity, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the season’s most beloved story.  Even though it was published way back in 1843, the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge finding the true meaning of Christmas still strikes a chord.  This holiday season, stage versions of the novel are being produced all over the nation: Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.; and Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin just to name a few.  One of the most esteemed productions is by the acclaimed Drury Lane Theatre for Young Adults in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.  A Christmas Carol is running there through Dec. 23.

Disney On Ice: Frozen
We’ll make you a deal.  We’ll tell you about Disney on Ice: Frozen but we won’t tell your kids.  We’ll make this deal because you may very well be suffering from Frozen fatigue.  If you are, skip to the next section.  If you’re not ready to “Let It Go” then get ready to see Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf on ice (and to buy a bunch more Frozen-related merchandize). 

The Mouse Ears has taken the uber-popular Frozen franchise and put it on skates.  The 34th Disney on Ice show resumes it national tour on Christmas Day in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.  Frozen remains in the City of Brotherly Love through Jan. 4, 2015.  If you don’t live anywhere near Philly, don’t worry.  The show will come to your neck of the woods.  Frozen is so popular this ice show will be running forever.  The ice version is not exactly like the movie.  Producers had to change a few things to fit the story into the confines of a rink, but the adaptation is certainly better suited for the ice than some of Disney’s other skating shows.  Disney on Ice: Frozen runs just under two hours and includes an intermission.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is a show the whole family will love.  Of course, dad and granddad will love it for different reasons than the kids, but they’ll love it nonetheless.  The Spectacular is a fairly broad Christmas show.  It contains great music, the dancing of the Rockettes, amazing stage effects, and just about every aspect of Christmas you can imagine. 

The production runs through Dec. 31 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  If you get there early you can have your picture taken with one of the Rockettes and/or Santa Claus.  You can also catch a national tour of the Spectacular in Nashville (through Dec. 24) and Houston (through Dec. 28).  This show is a classic.  It first began in 1933.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Thurl Ravenscroft. Remember that name.  It’s not only an ultra-cool appellation but it’s the answer to a trivia question.  That question being who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” in the 1966 cartoon special How the Grinch Stole Christmas?  Many think it was Boris Karloff, the show’s narrator, but he couldn’t sing.  The myth was perpetrated by the fact that the actual singer of the song was not listed in the closing credited.

I mention Thurl Ravenscroft and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” because the song IS in How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical.  The stage adaptation, which is actually based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss and not the animation, debuted in 1994 in Minneapolis. This year, you can catch HTGSCTM at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City and The Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado.  Both productions run through Dec. 28.  The musical has plenty of music, laughs, and eye-candy.  Every member of your family, even those with hearts two sizes too small, will find something to love.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
“White Christmas” is believed to be the bestselling single of all-time.  The original version, sung by Bing Crosby, has sold more than 50 million copies.  It’s believed to be the bestselling because it was released in 1942.  Back then they weren’t as good at counting record sells as they are today.

Being so popular, it’s fitting that the song would have its own musical.  Actually, the musical is an adaptation of the 1954 film, White Christmas.  The best thing about the stage version is producers kept most of the songs from the film.  Those songs, as well as a few others to round out the musical’s score, were written by the legendary American composer Irving Berlin.  In fact, both the movie and musical are officially called Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  Besides the titular ditty, you’ll also hear classics like “Sisters,” “Snow,” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep.” You can enjoy White Christmas at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston until Dec. 28.  From Dec. 30 through Jan. 4, the musical runs at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.

Should you watch the movie before seeing the musical?  Normally, we would say no, but watching the movie on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day is a great way to celebrate the holiday.  Secondly, White Christmas may shock some of the younger members of your family.  Not that it’s not family friendly—it totally is—but it’s set in an era where men wore suits even while relaxing, couples got engaged after one kiss, and popular music was dominated by middle-aged adults.  It might be best to explain those crazy 1950s at home, with the help of the grandparents, then during intermission.  Fortunately, the movie’s minstrel number is cut out of musical.

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Ten Singers That Should Be In Your Music Collection

by Noiz 17. December 2014 20:01

Ten Singers That Should Be In Your Music Collection

The great thing about digital music is you can walk around with days’ worth of music in your pocket.  It wasn’t too long ago that the equivalent amount of CDs would take up a rather large shelf and the equivalent amount of vinyl records would consume half a room.

To amass days’, weeks’, even months’ worth of music, you’ll need to step out of your comfort zone.  We’re talking about stepping outside of your favorite genres.  To help you properly increase your music collection, Clickitticket has listed ten singers that you absolutely must download.  The following ten artists may challenge you but their greatness is worth your time.  Remember, entertainment comes to you but you have to go to art.

For your edification, this article is only concerned with male singers.  In the future, we’ll tackle female singers and bands.  Also, the recommended albums are all available on iTunes.

Andrea Bocelli
Album You Should Own: Sacred Arias
Andrea Bocelli is a singing contradiction.  On one hand, the Italian tenor sings accessible classical music that’s a great introduction to opera.  On the other hand, he’s not a great opera singer (or even a very good one).  Most opera critics dismiss his recordings, but others, including Celine Dion and Al Jarreau, praise his voice.  The best way to think of Bocelli is he’s a great recording artist with a beautiful voice who sings a variety of genres and one of those genres just happens to be opera.

Not only should Bocelli be in your music collection, but you should be in the audience the next time he comes to your part of the world.  Unfortunately, getting his recordings is a lot easier than getting Andrea Bocelli tickets.  Not only are seats to his live shows in huge demand but he performs infrequently.  The 2015 Andrea Bocelli tour is just eleven dates long and only six are in North America (three concerts in Hollywood, Florida as well as shows in Hollywood, California; Sacramento, California; and Vancouver, B.C.).

Bing Crosby
Album You Should Own: Bing’s Gold Records
Bing Crosby was the biggest star in the world between the conclusion of World War II and the arrival of Elvis Presley.  He’s not only responsible for 41 number one hits but he was the world’s top box office draw for five straight years (in the mid-1940s).  Known as a crooner, Crosby was the first singer to embrace the microphone and audio recording.  He didn’t have a powerful voice but he did have an intimate one.  You should also know that his repertoire contains much more than just Christmas music.  He helped make a bunch of what we now called standards… well, standards.  We’re talking songs like “Pennies from Heaven,” "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "Sunday, Monday, or Always," and "Swinging on a Star.”  Without question, Crosby is one of the greatest singers of the 20th century.

Dean Martin
Album You Should Own: The Capitol Collector’s Series
Dino.  The King of Cool.  Dean Martin could do it all: sing, act, and tell a joke.  He was a member of the comedy team Martin and Lewis and The Rat Pack—a group of entertainers that were the epitome of cool.  While Dino could do it all, his legendary career was built on his voice and the great songs he recorded: “That’s Amore,” “Sway,” “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?,” and “Everybody Loves Somebody.”  He’s still the only artist that correctly sings the holiday tune “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  You can’t listen to a Dean Martin song and not smile.  If you need a starting point for this list make it Dino.

Enrico Caruso
Album You Should Own: The Voice and The Legend
Andrea Bocelli has a Web site, a Twitter account, and a Facebook page.  Opera tenor Enrico Caruso also used the technology of his day to make himself a global celebrity—the latest and greatest technology of his day being sound recording.  During his legendary career, which spanned from 1902 to 1920, Caruso made nearly 300 recordings.   All of those recordings were done acoustically.  That means his singing was recorded directly onto a vinyl record.  Due to the technological limits of the day, all of Caruso’s recordings ran less four minutes and thirty seconds.  Fortunately for us, his recordings have been remastered, and for being a century old, they don’t sound all that bad.  They are at least good enough to hear why Caruso was the world’s first great recording artist.

Frank Sinatra
Album You Should Own: Sinatra at the Sands
Here’s what will happen when you listen to Frank Sinatra for the first time.  You’ll say something akin to: “What’s the big deal?  He sounds just like every other singer.”  Well, he sounds like every other singer because all those singers are imitating him!  Sinatra was the first big heartthrob of the 20th century.  Long before girls swooned at One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer, they fainted over Sinatra.  More than just a teen idol, Sinatra created the modern singer.  His phrasing and smooth delivery made every song he sang the definitive version.  During his career, which started in the mid-1930s, Sinatra sold more than 150 million albums and starred in a number of successful and critically acclaimed movies.  His popularity is on par with Elvis, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson.    

Hank Williams
Album You Should Own: 40 Greatest Hits
Hank Williams learned to play the guitar from the mysterious Rufus Payne.  In 1937, he dropped out of high school to pursue a music career.  He couldn’t read or write music.  He was an alcoholic.  He died in 1953 at the age of 29.  Hank Williams had a profound effect on not only country music but popular music as well.  His songs have been covered by both cowboys and rockers.  His most famous tracks are "Move It on Over," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry".  He released 31 singles while he was alive and 30 posthumously.  Eleven went to number one.  Even if you don’t like country music you’ll like Hank Williams.  He felt your pain. 

Louis Armstrong
Album You Should Own: Louis Armstrong’s All-Time Greatest Hits
Next to The Beatles, no one had a more profound effect on popular music in the 20th century than Louis Armstrong.  The jazz immortal and trumpet virtuoso is also one of the century’s greatest singers.  He did, after all, popularize scat singing and was Bing Crosby’s greatest influence.  Armstrong didn’t have a great voice but he was extremely expressive and made every note count.  You should already have Armstrong playing his horn in your music collection (recordings like “St. Louis Blues” and “West End Blues”).  To complete it, you should also have his vocal works (and we mean more than just “What a Wonderful World”).

Louis Jordan
Album You Should Own: The Best of Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan was known as “King of the Jukebox.”  He earned this title because the music he made during the late 1930s through the early 1950s was popular with audiences from all walks of life.  Jordan not only sang but played the saxophone and led a band—a band that was only surpassed in popularity by those belonging to Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  His infectious and entertaining sound was a mix of jazz, swing, and blues that foreshadowed rhythm and blues and rock and roll.  Furthermore, Jordan had a sense of humor.  He was a serious musician but recorded lighthearted songs like “Caldonia,” “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens,” and “What’s the Use of Getting Sober (When You’re Gonna Get Drunk Again).”  When you hear Jordan for the first time you’re likely to exclaim: “Where has he been all my life?”

Robert Johnson
Album You Should Own: The Complete Recordings
You’ve got to love any musician who is so good people think he sold his soul to the devil.  That’s what some think of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson.   Johnson died when he was just 27 years old.  He recorded just 42 songs of which 13 are alternate takes.  Johnson was an itinerant performer who enjoyed little success or fame.  It wasn’t until 1961, with the release of King of the Delta Blues Singers, did Johnson start to get his due respect.  Since then, he’s influenced generations of both bluesmen and rock and rollers including Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.  His recordings are primitive but true genius. 

Woody Guthrie
Album You Should Own: The Library of Congress Recordings: Woody Guthrie
If it wasn’t for Woody Guthrie the world may have been deprived of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Harry Chapin, Pete Seeger, and Billy Bragg.  We’ll leave it up to you to determine if that’s good or bad.  Guthrie is the grandfather for both folk musicians and the fearless singer-songwriter.  You also have to love a guy whose guitar bares the slogan: “This Machine Kills Fascists.”  Guthrie’s most famous song is “This Land is Your Land.”

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Six Bro-Country Artists Touring In 2015

by Noiz 15. December 2014 16:32

Six Bro-Country Artists Touring In 2015

Bro-country is the most important subgenre since the CB radio/trucker movement of the 1970s.   Jason Aldean is his generation’s C.W. McCall.

Okay, that’s a bit of hyperbole.  Bro-country is about ten times more important than “Convoy” and similar songs from the era.  Apart from blonde songbirds and Garth Brooks, no one in country music sells more concert tickets and albums than bro-country artists.

What Is Bro-Country? 
Bro-country is a subgenre of country music that’s performed almost exclusively by dudes.  They sing about such lofty concepts as drinking, attractive women, and pickup trucks.  Musically, the subgenre mixes country music with elements from rock, pop, and hip hop.

Controversy
Bro-country is immensely popular but it’s not without controversy.  Detractors chide bro-country artists for veering too far from the genre’s core sound.  Of course, this is nothing new.  For decades, country music artists have dismissed other country music artists for not being country enough.  Bro-country artists may affectionately reference Hank, Merle, and Waylon but they sound nothing like them.

Objectification
The gripe most pundits wage against bro-country is that the subgenre objectifies women.  This objectification can best be described through examples…

>>In “Boys ‘Round Here,” Blake Shelton sings that all girls “deserve a whistle.” 
>>In “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line wails about a woman in a “bikini top” with “long tanned legs.” 
>>In “Girls in Bikinis,” Lee Brice croons that the swim garb in question “ride[s] up” and then girls “pull em out.”
>>In “Ready Set Roll,” Chase Rice references his girl’s “little fine ass” and how she hits the “spot like a fireball shot.”

The women in bro-country songs might be Rhodes Scholars or rocket scientists but it’s their bodies (and what they can do with them) that become lyric fodder, not their minds or personalities.    

In Defense Of Bro-Country
In bro-country’s defense, the subgenre is all about partying.  When you’re into the Bacchanal arts as much as bro-country artists are you don’t concern yourself with a chick’s SAT score, the books in her Kindle, or the organizations for which she volunteers. 

What this means is you shouldn’t take this subgenre of country music too seriously.  Bro-country is about drinking and the things one does while drinking (if you get my drift).  If you want something more substantial then you should listen to a different type of country music.

Bro-Country In 2015
While the subgenre is on the vapid side, bro-country concerts are incredibly fun.  If the glorification of a woman’s curves doesn’t turn you off, 2015 will provide ample opportunities to catch bro-country artists live.  Below, Clickitticket looks at five bro-country artists (and one that’s nearly a bro-country artist) that are touring in the New Year.

Jason Aldean
If Bro-Country had a poster boy it would be Jason Aldean.  If you don’t believe me just check out some of his songs: “My Kinda Party,” “Big Green Tractor,” “Dirt Road Anthem” and “She’s Country.”  That last song is a shining example of why Bro-Country is the frequent target of denigrators.  In the ditty, Aldean sings: “she's a hot little number in her pick-up truck/Daddy's sweet money done jacked it up.”

In 2015, Aldean will continue his “Burn It Down Tour”—an outing that began in the spring of 2014.  The tour’s second North American leg begins Jan. 31 in Phoenix and doesn’t end until late summer.  Ten of Aldean’s concerts will merge with ten of Kenny Chesney’s.  All ten of their joint dates will have Chesney and Aldean rocking stadiums.

Lee Brice
He may not dance but he does perform live.  Riding the success of his number one country album, I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice will be hitting the road in early 2015.  His first date in ’15 is Jan. 10 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino in Mescalero, New Mexico.  Joining Brice on several stops will be Chris Young.  While the Lee Brice tour concludes the day after Valentine’s Day, the bro-country superstar has five festivals plotted for March and June.

Brice entered the fraternity of bro-country thanks to songs like “She Ain’t Right,” “Parking Lot Party,” and “Drinking Class.”  One of the pillars of bro-country is truck worshipping.  You think that would make Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” a bro-country anthem.  Actually, “I Drive Your Truck” is about a man who’s driving his deceased brother’s truck.  The touching and tender song shows that bro-country artists aren’t always about beer and babes.

Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party is the number one country album of 2014.  It’s also a seminal bro-country offering with songs like “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink a Beer,” and “Dirt Road Diary.”  In 2015, the CMA Entertainer of the Year will continue his insanely popular “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.”  The trek resumes Feb. 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and concludes Feb. 21 in Orlando, Florida.  Rare for a country artist of any subgenre, Bryan has five dates scheduled in Europe.  They begin Feb. 28.

Kenny Chesney
Technically, Kenny Chesney is not a bro-country artist.  In fact, he has publically criticized the genre for its portrayal of women.  Chesney may not be bro-country but he’s definitely bro-country adjacent.  How can he not be with songs like “Beer in Mexico,” “You and Tequila,” “Keg in the Closet,” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” 

The Chesney contradiction makes the “merging” of his tour with Jason Aldean’s so befuddling.  On one hand, Chesney and Aldean go together like Nashville and country music.  On the other, Chesney has derided the subgenre for its narrow view of the fairer sex (although he admitted to writing similar songs when he was younger).

I think Chesney’s diatribe of bro-country was more about the artist promoting his own music and less about emasculating the subgenre of bro-country.  Chesney’s “The Big Revival Tour” kicks off April 3 in Las Vegas and terminates Aug. 29 in Foxborough.

Eric Church
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, bro-country artist Eric Church calls his fan club the “Church Choir.”   With songs like “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Drink in My Hand,” and “Cold One,” Church and his fans will never be mistaken for pious parishioners (although they may very well be pious parishioners).  “The Outsiders World Tour” gets underway Jan. 8 in New Orleans.  The outing will keep the singer on the road through Feb. 5.  That night, Church performs at the SAP Center in San Jose.

Interestingly, three of the aforementioned bro-country artists recorded a hit single together.  “The Only Way I Know” appeared on Jason Aldean’s 2012 album, Night Train.  He recorded it with Luke Bryan and Erich Church.  The song peaked at number five on Billboard’s main country singles chart.  The trio performed the song at the 46th Country Music Association Awards.  Aldean also performed the song on The Voice but instead of singing with Bryan and Church he was joined by two of the karaoke contestants.

Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line is a bro-country duo comprised of a couple of bros, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard.  In 2015, they’re following up their “Here’s to the Good Time Tour” with their “Anything Goes Tour.”  Both titles are quintessential bro-country axioms.  FGL’s first concert of 2015 is Jan. 15 in Toledo, Ohio.  They’ll wrap things up on May 8 in Atlantic City.  The duo is supporting their sophomore effort Anything Goes. 

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U2 Tour To Strengthen Band’s Claim Of Greatest Live Act Of All-Time

by Noiz 5. December 2014 11:43

U2 Tour To Strengthen Band’s Claim Of Greatest Live Act Of All-Time

It’s not really news when U2 announces a tour in wake of an album release.  I mean, when you hear about a new U2 album you immediately expect a new U2 tour.  After all, the Irish rockers are the world’s number one live act and a tour is an excuse for them to make more money than a medium-sized country’s annual GNP. 

What is news is when Bono crashes his bicycle.  That’s headline making stuff.  Paul Hewson was actually in a bike accident back in mid-November.  Despite five hours of surgery, and numerous fractures (one to the orbit of his eye), he’ll be ready to go come tour time.  You’d think Bono can just pay someone to ride a bike for him.

Innocence + Experience

The tour in question, “Innocence + Experience Tour 2015,” begins May 14, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia at Rogers Arena.  Right now, the band’s North American leg will end July 23 with the world tour ending Nov. 11. 

Insiders, however, believe “Innocence + Experience Tour” may last two to three years with multiple legs in the States and Europe as well as treks of Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Australia. 

Itinerary

The North American leg, as it stands now, will have U2 playing 22 shows in nine cities.  Seven of those cities—Vancouver, San Jose, Phoenix, Montreal, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston—will host two shows while cities eight and nine host four.  For example, U2 will be in Boston on July 10 and July 11.

Los Angeles gets the band on May 26, May 27, May 30, and May 31—all four shows will be at the Forum.  New York City hosts U2 at Madison Square Garden on July 18, July 19, July 22, and July 23. 

Their European leg begins Sept. 4 in Turin, Italy at the Palpa Alpitour.  It wraps Nov. 11 in Paris.  Like in North America, all European cities except London host two shows.  The Capital of England gets four performances—Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Oct. 29, and Oct. 30.

Innovators

Say what you will about their music, you can even doubt their contribution to rock and roll, but you can’t question the fact that they’ve revolutionized the live concert experience—for example “the Claw” and video cylinder from “The 360° Tour.”  

For their upcoming “I & E” tour, the band will employ staging that will be placed in the center of the venue and encompass the entire arena floor.  Sounds like what you’d expect if you attended an NBA game only the court is a stage and instead of basketball you’re watching the world’s greatest rock band.

Two Nights, Two Shows

This time around, and in keeping with the “innocence and experience” theme, the band will program one show around “innocence” and the other around—yes, you guessed it—“experience” (I imagine the first night is centered on their new album while the second evening focuses on their old stuff).  This innovation makes the two shows in each city different thus enticing U2 fans to buy tickets to both nights.

"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience." — Bono

The tour’s name also foreshadows the band’s next album, Songs of Experience.  In a recent Rolling Stone article, Bono says the opus should be thrust into your smart phone in a year and a half. 

U2 Tours By The Numbers

U2 doesn’t need gimmicks to sell tickets.  During their last trek, 110 U2 concerts grossed more than $736 million.  Spanning from 2009 to 2001, the “U2 360° Tour” hosted 7,272,046 fans.  It’s the highest grossing concert tour of all-time.

>>The band’s “Vertigo Tour,” from 2005 to 2006, grossed more than $389 million and enjoyed an attendance figure of 4,619,021.

>>U2’s 2001 outing, “The Elevation Tour,” was the highest grossing tour of the year.  It was seen by more than 2.1 million fans and grossed more than $143 million.

>>The “PopMart Tour” began in 1997 and ended in 1998.  It saw box office receipts in excess of $171 million.  The slog was seen by 3.9 million people.

>>During the “Zoo TV Tour” of 1992-1993, U2 attracted 5.3 million fans and grossed $67 million in North America alone.  At the time, it was the continent’s third highest grossing tour.  Despite those impressive numbers, the tour almost bankrupted the band.

>>“The Joshua Tree Tour” (1987) grossed $35 million in North America alone and was seen by 2,035,539 people.

When you throw in “The Lovetown Tour” (1989-1990) and “The Unforgettable Fire Tour” (1984-1985), U2 has performed for 22.8 million people and grossed more than $1.5 billion in the last 30 years.

A Different Look At The Numbers

If all of those concert goers got together and formed a city, it will be the third most populous city in the world behind Shanghai and Karachi.  It will be the third most populous U.S. state behind California and Texas.

The number of people who’ve seen U2 live is roughly the population of Syria.  After their upcoming tour, U2 will have performed to the same number of people that reside in Australia.

The Forum in Los Angeles, where U2 will perform four times during their upcoming tour, holds 17,500.  To duplicate their total live audience of the past 30 years, U2 will need to perform 1,257 times at the Forum—1,140 times at Madison Square Garden.

U2’s success is built on the fact that they are not only big in North America and Europe, but all over the world.  One out of every 312 people on the planet has seen U2 live.   

That number is based on the assumption that no one has seen two U2 concerts—we know that’s not the case.  Yet, with the unreliable data from every region but the United States, and if you include the band’s pre-1985 concerts, which totals more than 400 shows, the aforementioned number is probably accurate.

In Conclusion

The “Innocence + Experience World Tour” won’t be as big as its predecessor—even the band admits it can’t top their last odyssey.  That’s because U2 is returning to the more (relatively) intimate settings of arenas.  Still, U2’s upcoming jaunt will be the highest grossing tour of 2015 and almost certainly the most attended tour since their last go-around.

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