Wednesday, October 28, 2015

U2 are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2015 Billboard Touring Awards

The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead and U2 are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2015 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

The Rolling Stones are finalists in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.  The British rock legends' Zip Code Tour of North American is up against tours by a couple of young pop juggernauts -- Taylor Swift and One Direction.

The Grateful Dead and U2 both are in the running for the Top Boxscore prize, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.  Both of the famed jam band's respective series of "Fare Thee Well" concerts, which took place June 27-28 in Santa Clara, California, and July 3-5 in Chicago, have been nominated for the award, as has U2's July 18-31 stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden.  The Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" shows celebrated the band's 50th anniversary and featured the group's surviving core members -- Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart -- performing with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and other musicians.

Incidentally, The Rolling Stones took home last year's Top Boxscore award for a February-March 2014 stint the band played in Tokyo.

As previously reported, Bob Seger will be presented with the Legend of Live honor at the 2015 Billboard Touring Awards in recognition of his career contributions to the touring industry.  The ceremony will serve as the finale of the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 18-19.

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