Paul McCartney’s tour for his new album, New, has raked in around $105.8 million in 2013 and around $40.6 million of that came from his six shows in Japan, according to reports from a music industry publication. The tour was McCartney’s first time to perform in Japan in 11 years.
The six-show tour started with a sold out two-night series at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka last November 11-12 and that alone raked in around $11.6 million. The concert at the 50,000-seater stadium earned $3.4 million more than McCartney’s last visit in town. A three-night show in Tokyo sold 147,000 tickets totaling a $23.4-million revenue for the former Beatle while another show in the Yafuoka Dome in Fukuoka also added around $6.6 million.
The idea that big names from the ‘70s and ’80s play big shows in Japan and make a lot of money was confirmed by Macca’s concert tour. Another rock star from the previous decades, Jon Bon Jovi was the highest selling tour in 2013, earning $205 million for more than a hundred shows which, compared to McCartney’s earnings would be reached even with just 30 shows in the country.
The icon further endeared himself to the Japanese audience when he invited around 10 fans of his to one of his Tokyo concerts. Aside from being massive fans of Sir Paul they were also displaced residents from Fukushima, the site of a nuclear meltdown in the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. It was his own small way of saying the victims have not been forgotten and he said he believes concerts can have a “healing effect” on victims of crisis.
[via Music Times]