The top music events of 2016 on Tickets For Less held some surprises. Legacy acts, such as Guns N Roses, made the list, alongside seasonal favorites, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and newcomer Chris Young. The top ten most popular concerts also included a range of musical styles from Country, Rock and Contemporary Christian.
The Top 10 Most Popular Concerts of 2016 on Tickets For Less:
(Per # of tickets sold)
1. Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney’s 2016 Spread the Love Tour is the fifteenth headlining concert tour by Kenny, in support of his album Cosmic Hallelujah. It began on April 23, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama and finished on September 9, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee, and Kenny fans showed up in full force. Chesney shared the bill with Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion and the No Shoes No Shirt Nation helped Chesney’s 2016 tour clinch first place for number of tickets sold.
2. Guns N Roses
The Not In This Lifetime Tour grossed more than $100 Million and sold over 2 million tickets total. Fans of Axl, Slash, and Duff McKagan showed their support of the group’s reunion since the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993.
3. Amy Grant & Michael W Smith
Amy Grant & Michael W Smith co-billed a popular symphony-infused Christmas tour with Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of the NBC’s “ The Voice.” With 23 stops, that began on November 11 in Los Angeles, the two multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® award winning artists performed for over 130,000 people.
4. The Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, and Tribe Society
This summer two ‘90s mainstays, the Goo Goo Dolls and Collective Soul teamed up with New York-based Tribe Society. The 2016 summer tour kicked off July 8 and wrapped up September 16.
5. Trans Siberian Orchestra
Seasonal favorite Trans Siberian Orchestra’s 2016 Winter Tour began on November 17 and finishes December 31. The Trans Siberian orchestra plays to approximately one million people a year and have grossed over $500m in concert revenues since they were founded 20 years ago, employing a staff of 240 including 18 lasers and 750 pyrotechnics.
Multi-Platinum rock band Shinedown had a busy year with a tour that began on March 1st, and later joining the Carnival of Madness Tour lineup alongside Halestrom, Black Stone Cherry, and Whiskey Myers. The Carnival of Madness Tour started July 20 and wrapped up on August 8.
The San Francisco Fest 2016 Tour brought together two iconic groups: Journey and The Doobie Brothers. The tour began May 12 and finished on August 30 in Chula Vista. Journey has toured four continents and performed for nearly three million fans.
8. Chris Young
Country artist Chris Young’s headlining “I’m Comin’ Over” tour made the rounds in 2016 with special guests Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope. The GRAMMY® nominated singer performed 25 shows starting September 29 and ending December 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.
9. Weezer & Panic! At The Disco
Weezer & Panic! At The Disco’s co-headlining 2016 Summer Tour consisted of 40+ shows across North America. The tour supported the release of Weezer’s “white album” and Panic! At The Disco’s “Death of a Bachelor.”
10. Counting Crows & Rob Thomas
Counting Crows and Rob Thomas co-headlined their first ever joint tour. Over the summer the popular 90s bands toured across North America with 40+ dates that began in West Palm Beach and ended in Nashville. Both Counting Crows and Thomas recently released albums, “Somewhere Under Wonderland” and “ The Great Unknown.”
While album sales steadily decline, live music is stronger than ever with growth every year of the past decade, generating $20 billion a year in global ticket sales, per Billboard. 2017 is going to be another big year for concert goers as some of the biggest groups announced tours, including Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars, Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Roger Waters, and Ariana Grande. Tickets For Less has the best seats and lowest prices to see your favorite artist on tour in 2017.