In the past 7 years, more than half of the Top 10 US concerts have been artists from the 60's & 70's
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In the past 7 years, more than half of the Top 10 US concerts have been artists from the 60's & 70's

In the past eight to ten years, many 60’s and 70’s artists have had highly successful, and in some cases record-breaking, US as well as world-wide concert tours.

Many of these artists simply miss the thrill of performing and realize that even at age 50 or 60, they still have it in them to do what they love most... pursue their life’s passion for entertaining people with great music. Either way, we are all the beneficiaries of their decisions to dig out their guitars and get back up on stage.

While a number of well known artists have enjoyed long-running concert tours over the past 10 years, others such as The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Styx and REO Speedwagon have had equally successful limited-engagement concert tours. My wife and I are regulars at these concerts which draw an eclectic mix of fans spanning across three generations. Waiting for the show to begin and watching as 18,000 people take their seats, you can’t help but notice that there are as many, if not more 20-30 year old Gen Y’ers and 30-44 year old Gen X’ers as there are 45+ Baby Boomers. Regardless of age, everyone is drawn to the music because it has substance as well as style and because the music seems as fresh today as it was 35 to 40 years ago.

The broad, cross-generational appeal of the music of the 60’s & 70’s is evident by the fact that...

  1. Eight 60’s & 70’s artists have had a Top 10 grossing US concert tour in at least three of the past seven years
  2. Elton John has been a Top 10 concert draw six of the past seven years!
  3. The record for the highest-grossing concert tour of all time is held by a classic rock group
  4. The record for the highest-grossing single concert which raked in over $1.5m is owned by an artist who launched his career in the late 1960’s
More fun facts and the answers to all these questions can be found in the bookListen To The Music.