He may or may not be the Boss of us, but Bruce Springsteen is certainly the king of the road most of the time he’s touring. His Philly stand earned the week’s top concert dollar, followed by a Metallica/Summer Sanitarium one-nighter at the L.A. Coliseum. In third place, a week’s worth of Celine Dion shows in Vegas played to the full houses she typically commands in her ongoing run. The Dead nearly sold out a five-night stand at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, while the Dave Matthews Band packed the Gorge in George (got that?).
NO. OF TOTAL SHOWS GROSS
1 3 Bruce Springsteen Philadelphia $10,342,060 2 1 SUMMER SANITARIUM TOUR: METALLICA Los Angeles $4,156,165 3 5 CELINE DION Las Vegas $2,789,769 4 5 THE DEAD Denver $2,463,615 5 2 DAVE MATTHEWS BAND George, WA $2,201,980 6 1 SUMMER SANITARIUM TOUR: METALLICA Seattle $2,166,150 7 1 AEROSMITH/KISS Bristow, VA $1,510,372 8 2 OZZFEST 2003 Mansfield, MA $1,465,472 9 2 TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Holmdel, NJ $1,388,954 10 1 AEROSMITH/KISS Holmdel, NJ $1,241,342 11 2 THE DEAD/BOB DYLAN Wantagh, NY $1,188,334 12 1 JOHN MAYER/COUNTING CROWS Tinley Park, IL $1,018,019 13 1 THE DEAD Lubbock, TX $980,000 14 1 THE DEAD Milwaukee $925,321 15 1 OZZFEST 2003 Hartford $915,729
(c)2003 POLLSTAR – THE CONCERT HOTWIRE, SEPT. 8, 2003.
IN STORES SEPTEMBER 16
DMX Grand Champ (Def Jam) The actor and would-be Saturday-morning-TV tycoon (he’s got a cartoon named after his dog in the works) is joined by Cam’ron and 50 Cent on his fifth CD.
DAVID BOWIE Reality (ISO/Columbia) Bowie’s new LP includes a cover of the Modern Lovers’ ”Pablo Picasso.” Once an art rocker, always an art rocker.
SHELBY LYNNE Identity Crisis (Capitol) Grammy-winning country singer Lynne gets personal with self-penned songs of introspection, seven of which are laced with keyboards courtesy of Little Feat’s Bill Payne.
A PERFECT CIRCLE Thirteenth Step (Virgin) If you feel ”Weak and Powerless,” like the first single from the metal band’s latest, then checking out this album is the logical next Step.
Sumday they’ll come along, the band you love. Actually, GRANDADDY are coming along – with SUPER FURRY ANIMALS (including a San Francisco gig on Sept. 18) and, starting Oct. 8 in Newport, Ky., with STARLIGHT MINTS.
RADIOHEAD will be giving ‘em Hail, from Mountain View, Calif., (Sept. 23) to Manhattan (Oct. 10), before heading overseas.
The Songwriter Tour features critically acclaimed, award-winning artists MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER, SHAWN COLVIN, DAR WILLIAMS, and PATTY GRIFFIN. Their travels will take them to Pittsburgh (Sept. 29) and Milwaukee (Oct. 15), among other fine cities.