Billboard’s list names the biggest tours according to gross ticket sales from November 2014-November 2015. Some of the names are surprising!
- Taylor Swift
- One Direction
- Rolling Stones
- Kenny Chesney
- Fleetwood Mac
- Maroon 5
- Billy Joel
- Shania Twain
- Luke Bryan
Click on this link to read full details in FOH magazine’s January issue.
Chesney’s ‘Big Revival’ tour is remarkable in many ways. Unlike most of the artists on this list who travelled in several regions, Kenny’s concerts were all played in the USA. In 2015, he broke his own record! This is the first tour of his to gross over 100 million dollars: in fact the total was 114 million dollars, made from 1.3 million tickets, average price $212. Note that not one single fan asked for an audio refund! Kenny tours most years, and is so consistently successful that he is the only country artist to be named in Billboard’s big list of Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years.
Production audio — as well as lighting – for the 2015 Big Revival Tour was provided by Nashville-based Morris Light and Sound. Working with Chesney’s front-of-house engineer Chris Rabold, they pioneered the use of NEXO’s STM Series modular line array to deliver in such large venues.
This being the first tour to use the new M28 module, NEXO was lucky to receive great feedback from the Morris team, particularly system engineer John Mills.
A word from Kenny Chesney himself. “Every year we go out, I try to make the sound as crisp and as loud as possible, which is seemingly impossible. I’m very lucky that my team combs the globe looking for the best possible options to make that happen – and they’re as relentless as I am about what they do.
“When they said they found a PA system in France that could be twice as loud and was smaller, I wasn’t sure I believed them, but I respect them enough to listen. Sure enough, they were right! The amount of sound these speakers put out is amazing, but it’s also super-clear which is always the challenge. You want people to make out the lyrics, for them to be able to pick out the instruments. No matter how loud we are, those things can happen.”
Morris Light & Sound
Tel: 001 615 890 6277