Hard Rock Among The Winners In The Hit-And-Miss Concert Tour Market

Billboard magazine is reporting that as 2003 enters its busiest concert performance window, it has already been a year of dizzying highs and disappointing lows.

In the hard rock genre, METALLICA's Summer Sanitarium, the KISS/AEROSMITH tour and Ozzfest will be among the big winners this season.

"This is really a pretty decent summer," says Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group International, the agency for such acts as METALLICA and BILLY JOEL. "There are some losers out there, but in general the live business is a lot better off than the record business."

Arfa says that he is optimistic about the youthful trends he sees in rap, metal and country — genres that he notes are not currently dominated by fans older than 30. Read more.

The following are the top heavy metal/hard rock concert grosses reported for the week ending July 26, 2003, according to Billboard magazine,

Artist/Event: Summer Sanitarium Tour feat. METALLICA, LINKIN PARK, LIMP BIZKIT, DEFTONES, MUDVAYNE
Venue: Pontiac Silverdome
City/State: Pontiac, Mich.
Event Dates: July 4, 2003
Gross Sales: $2,521,275
Attendance/Capacity: 35,021 / 59,545
Shows/Sellouts: 1 / 0
Prices: $75
Promoters: Clear Channel Entertainment

Artist/Event: Ozzfest 2003 feat. OZZY OSBOURNE, KORN, MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED, CHEVELLE, CRADLE OF FILTH, VOIVOD & others
Venue: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
City/State: Selma, Texas
Event Dates: June 28, 2003
Gross Sales: $936,343
Attendance/Capacity: 18,333 / 20,000
Shows/Sellouts: 1 / 0
Prices: $97, $16
Promoters: Clear Channel Entertainment

Artist/Event: Ozzfest 2003 feat. OZZY OSBOURNE, KORN, MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED, CHEVELLE, CRADLE OF FILTH, VOIVOD & others
Venue: Cricket Pavilion
City/State: Phoenix, Ariz.
Event Dates: July 2, 2003
Gross Sales: $786,405
Attendance/Capacity: 19,714 / 19,714
Shows/Sellouts: 1 / 1
Prices: $100, $40
Promoters: Clear Channel Entertainment

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