Fiscal Fun – Measuring The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour In Yankee Dollars

I never asked but I heard you cast your lot along with the poor.
But then I overheard your prayer,
that you be this and nothing more
than just some grateful faithful woman’s favourite singing millionaire,
the patron Saint of envy and the grocer of despair,
working for the Yankee Dollar.

- From Field Commander Cohen by Leonard Cohen


The Pollstar Year End Top 50 Worldwide Tours provides cumulative numbers for gross revenues, ticket sales, etc for concert tours during the period from Jan 1, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012. (Note: Leonard Cohen toured from August 12 to Dec 20 in 2012)

Below is a screen capture (click image to enlarge) that includes the first 17 entries, the 17th of which is one Leonard Cohen.  According to Pollstar, Mr Cohen raked in less than, for example, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and Metallica but more than, again, for example,  Radiohead, Barbara Streisand, and Justin Bieber.

Also noteworthy is the “Average Ticket Price” column, which indicates  that Cohen’s average ticket price of $107 is significantly less than Streisand’s $264, Madonna’s $140 and Paul McCartney’s 136.64 and a bit less than Roger Waters ($111) and Jennifer Lopez ($110).  The average price for a concert by the Canadian singer-songwriter, however, exceeds Springsteen ($92) and significantly exceeds the Red Hot Chili Peppers ($61) and the Dave Matthews Band ($56).

The complete list is available at Pollstar Year End Top 50 Worldwide Tours .

Billboard Boxscore

Billboard’s 2012 Concert Boxscore offers interesting reading for those who follow the fiscal fortunes of our favourite singing millionaire, breaking down the cash by “boxscore.”  According to How We Compile The Boxscore Charts by Bob Allen (Billboard: Dec 23, 2006),

A boxscore is a single event by a headliner at a single location, but not necessarily a single performance. If an act plays more than one show at a venue, the totals from all the performances are added together to count as one boxscore. The shows don’t have to be on consecutive nights, but they do need to be part of the same tour, in the same year and with the same on-sale dates.

All five Leonard Cohen August concerts in Ghent, for example,  comprise one boxscore.

Be advised, however, that the consistency is not a hobgoblin that plagues Billboard Boxscores. Various  promoters, for example, may report data differently so comparisons are difficult.

From How We Compile The Boxscore Charts by Bob Allen (Billboard: Dec 23, 2006)

… Box-office data that is reported throughout the year comes primarily from concert promoters and concert venues. The data Billboard receives includes the box-office gross, number of tickets sold, tickets available for sale, ticket prices, promoters of the show, number of performances, venue and show dates.

All the box-office data collected during the chart year is used to compile the year-end touring charts. Most data comes from North American venues, but the year-end charts are not limited to just U.S. and Canadian totals. All boxscores reported worldwide are included in these tallies.

The graphic below (click on image to enlarge) is a screen capture of the first six concert series at given venues listed. The first Leonard Cohen entry in the list is, not so coincidentally, #6.

The compete list, including 26 separate Leonard Cohen Boxscores is accessible at Billboard Current BoxScore.



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