Ringo Starr made the latest list of the top 20 concert attractions in North America released July 31 by Pollstar, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Ringo's All-Starr Band tour, which placed 20th on the list, grossed an average of $255,599 with an average ticket price of $65.24. The top three attractions were Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bruno Mars and Cher. Paul McCartney was not on this edition of the list.
The list by the concert trade magazine ranks artists by average box office gross in each city and includes the average ticket price for North American shows. The listt gets its data from concert promoters and venue managers.
Getting ready for Paul: The blog The Current has a photo of the preparations of how Paul McCartney has taken over Target Field, the regular home of the Minnesota Twins, for Saturday's concert. The picture includes a good look at the huge stage in the outfield.
Banjo to be auctioned: A banjo owned and played by Quarrymen member Rod Davis on the day John Lennon met Paul McCartney is to be sold by UK based TracksAuction.com, the auction house announced Thursday. The Windsor Whirle Victor Supremus banjo is still in its original state and was used by Davis at all the group’s early gigs, including the Woolton Village Fete concert on July 6, 1957 when Paul McCartney was introduced to John Lennon. The banjo will be sold Nov. 23 at London’s Le Méridien Hotel.
“Lennonology” date: Author Chip Madinger announced July 31 that the first installment of his long-awaited “Lennonology” finally has a publication date. Maybe appropriately enough, it's Oct. 9, 2015. As Madinger, also author of the excellent “Eight Arms To Hold You” that details the Beatles' solo career work, said, “If you had told me it was going to take this long a decade or so ago, I never would have believed you. I couldn't have imagined that there was so much we didn't know, and that much of what we did know turns out to have been wrong.” A book to look forward to.