Box Office Breakdown: Who’s Filling Seats, Who’s Illing On The Road

Sure, the boomer-nostalgia quotient may be a bit absurdly high in Bob Lefsetz’s music-industry newsletter Lefsetz Letter, but we subscribe for one reason: His occasional peeks behind the heavy curtains of SoundScan and concert box-office numbers. This time around, his ticket-sales findings are somewhat grim: you have the Black Eyed Peas playing to a half-empty amphitheater in Chicago, Megadeth’s Gigantour barely filling 20% of Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, and Ludacris packing only 40% of a venue in Champaign. Lefsetz’s analyses of why tours are and aren’t drawing audiences are definitely filtered through his “real rock” sensibilities (he loves him some Roger Waters), but the pure data more than make up for it.

Box Office Report – 10/13/06 [Lefsetz Letter]