Many of the world’s greatest artists have made stops in Louisiana. Several of these superstars have visited Shreveport or Bossier City. I’m one of the lucky ones who got to see a lot of these shows.
I was wondering what were the biggest money making concerts in Louisiana?
Who would you put on the list? I asked several people in the office and they got the #1 show on the list with no problem. But the other top-grossing Louisiana concerts were a little less obvious.
What are the 5 most successful concerts in Louisiana history?
#5 Bruce Springsteen
The Boss performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 29, 2012. The concert went over $3.3 million.
#4 Garth Brooks
Everyone I asked about top-grossing shows mentioned Garth. And he’s on the list, but not for the big show at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, where 102,000 people turned out. Brooks performed at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 30, 2019 as part of his “Stadium Tour”. This monster show grossed more than $4.8 million. The Tiger Stadium show also broke records. Audiences put Garth on the list as “one of the two biggest crowds ever for a North American stadium show,” as reported by WBRZ.com. It seems that the reason this show isn’t among the highest-grossing shows is because Garth wanted to keep prices under $100. The average ticket price for the Tiger Stadium show was $94.
#3 Taylor Swift
She was no stranger to the Shreveport Bossier area, but she’s on the list for her show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 22, 2018. Her “Reputation” concert spilled $5.7 million.
She’s back on tour now with her Eras Tour, but Louisiana didn’t make the list of cities. North Louisiana fans will have to make the short drive to Dallas to catch their show on April 1 or 2 at AT&T Stadium. Swift’s first appearance on Shreveport Bossier was in 2006 when she was just 16 years old. She was an opening act for Rascal Flatts.
#2 Beyoncé and Jay-Z
The couple stopped in New Orleans for a show at the Super Dome on September 13, 2018 and it was difficult to get a ticket. This show was more than attracting $6.8 million. A previous Beyoncé concert in 2016 alone grossed a whopping $5.3 million. It broke the record for the dome at the time.
People who love Queen Bey will be able to see her again this year as she wraps up her Renaissance World Tour at Caesars Superdome on September 27th.
Number 1 on the Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones have performed several times at the Superdome in New Orleans. But they broke the record for the arena on July 15, 2019. The Stones’ “No Filter” tour brought in more than one $7.9 million. This is still the highest-grossing concert in Louisiana history. Fun fact, when the Stones performed in New Orleans in 1978, tickets were around $15. The Rolling Stones show in December 1981 also broke a record at the time with over 87,000 viewers.
We could add so many other great shows to this list. You’d think U2, Elton John, or Madonna would have some pretty big money-making shows in Louisiana, and they do, but not as big as this top 5. Overall, Elton-John has the highest-grossing tour of all time with the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour currently taking place in England. This tour has grossed more than $800 million.
Legendary musicians who rocked the stag in Shreveport
Here is a selection of the legendary musicians who have performed at Shreveport’s Memorial Coliseum over the past 60 years. The Hirsch was basically the home ground for bands like Van Halen and ZZ Top, who regularly took the Hirsch to the top of their tours. For that reason we won’t actually include them on this list because they were basically “house bands” for Shreveport… and that’s NOT a bad thing.
Ticket stubs from historic country concerts in Shreveport
An amazing listener saved all those ticket stubs from classic shows. Check out some of the highlights from the collection.