Backstreet Boys Sell Out 53 Shows In One Day
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Tickets for the Backstreet Boys' fall tour, "Into The Millennium," went on sale Saturday, and all 40 shows -- plus an extra 13 that were added due to demand -- sold out the same day. The act moved 600,000 tickets, for a gross of about $27 million.
The tour now begins a day earlier -- Sept. 14 -- with a pair of performances at National Car Rental Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. SFX Entertainment will handle about half the dates, with the rest going to local and regional promoters.
The Boys recently wrapped up a 42-city European outing. Their sophomore Jive disc, "Millennium," is completing its eighth week atop The Billboard 200.
In other live-entertainment news, the 15-show stand by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., came to a close Aug. 12 after grossing about $19 million.
The figure easily tops the previous North American arena gross record of $16.5 million set by Barbra Streisand in the summer of 1994 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
About 300,000 attended Springsteen's Jersey shows. "It was spectacular," says Barry Bell, his longtime agent at Premier Talent. "The audiences were nuts."
Springsteen has now performed 49 shows at Continental Airlines Arena (formerly the Meadowlands), more than any other artist. Speculation is that his 50th show at the venue will be on New Year's Eve.
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