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2002-Apr-30: He Tops the Chart

Last week, we reported that the Billboard "Boxscore" had placed Sir Paul in second and third place on their list of Top 10 North American Concert Grosses (see April 23).  This week's May 4 issue places Sir Paul at the top of the chart in the first, second, and third positions .  They report that his tour is creating a lot of happy concert-goers, which makes for happy arena managers as well.  Here are the standings:
 1. $5,591,700. Paul McCartney. MGM Grand Garden. Las Vegas, Nev. April 5-6.
 2. $4,066,030. Paul McCartney. United Center. Chicago, Ill. April 10-11.
 3. $1,868,760. Paul McCartney. First Union Center. Philadelphia, Pa. April 16.
The article goes on to report that Sir Paul's concessions numbers are not outstanding.  This is based on the fact that Sir Paul doesn't have an intermission during his show.  According to John Page, senior Vice President of Comcast Spectacor Facilities, which hosted the show at First Union Center in Philadelphia April 16 (that drew a sellout crowd of 15,536): "We anticipated they'd be a little lower, because the show is so good and it's all McCartney all the time. He's an intriguing performer."   Still, Mr. Page was pleased with the final numbers: each person at the concert spent an average of $5.51 on food and beverage and $14.53 on merchandise.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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