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Bowie Leads Mid-Year Touring Grosses

David Bowie’s A Reality tour was the top-grossing trek for the first half of 2004, according to numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore. The veteran artist grossed $45.4 million from 82 shows that drew 722,158 fans. As previously reported, Bowie was forced to cancel the final 10 dates on the European leg of the tour last month. At the time it was said he was suffering from a pinched nerve. Shortly after, he underwent emergency heart surgery for a blocked artery. Other top tours for the period included Bette Midler ($40 million), Simon & Garfunkel ($36 million), Shania Twain ($34 million), Prince ($26 million), Rod Stewart ($25 million), Metallica ($22 million), Beyoncé/Alicia Keys/Missy Elliott ($19 million), Britney Spears ($19 million) and George Strait ($16 million). The list of top-grossing promoters for the first half of 2004 offers few surprises, with the three corporate heavyweights occupying the top slots. Far and away the world’s largest promoter is Clear Channel Entertainment, which reports more than $405 million from involvement at some level in 2,644 shows. In second place is AEG Live. This subsidiary of the Anschutz Entertainment Group, with its own subpromoters like Concerts West (Prince), Goldenvoice (Coachella) and the Messina Group (Kenny Chesney), reported more than $176 million in grosses from just 374 concerts. House of Blues Concerts was third, reporting more than $88 million from 976 shows. The numbers reflect box-office figures between Nov. 19, 2003, and May 18, 2004.