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Chesney/McGraw “Brothers Of the Sun” Tour Tops Summer Ticket Sales

Country music fans ought to feel proud right about now. Yahoo! Music reports that according to Pollstar, among the numerous music tours by major artists this summer, the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw collaborative “Brothers of the Sun” tour is currently beating out all others in gross sales—by a wide margin.

The mega-show has topped Pollstar’s list of Top 20 Concert Tours, raking in an average of over $4.7 million per show this summer. That’s more than the next two competitors on the list combined (Roger Waters is bringing in nearly $2.1 million per show; Coldplay, just under $2 million.) Radiohead and Van Halen are currently coming in at a distant 6th and 7th place, respectively.

That being said, this is no indicator that country music is not feeling the same crunch that the rest of the music industry is feeling. After all, this feat has been accomplished by having two country music icons co-headlining on one bill (which, if you average it out, comes to a draw of about $2.3 million per icon, per show). But assuming that each of them is responsible for half the gross (more likely Cheney is drawing the lion’s share), that’s still more than the 2nd highest-grossing on the list. So yeah, country music’s doing pretty well, considering.

Chesney and McGraw aren’t the only country stars who have made financial news recently. Taylor Swift recently topped the list of highest-paid celebrities under 30, making more last year than Justin Bieber. (Some of her wealth was attributed to the fact that she grosses over $1 million per live show by herself.)

The “Brothers of the Sun” tour is just about halfway over, with the next show hitting Denver on July 21. If you want to catch Cheney and McGraw near your home town (provided tickets are still available), remaining tour dates are listed below.


July 21 – Denver, CO

July 28 – Indianapolis, IN

July 29 – Cleveland, OH

Aug. 3 – New Orleans, LA

Aug. 4 – Houston, TX

Aug. 11 – East Rutherford, NJ

Aug. 12 – Washington, DC

Aug. 18 – Detroit, MI

Aug. 24-25 – Foxboro, MA

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Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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