Andre Rieu is top 10 Touring act

    With 300,000 Tickets Sold for 2009 Already Rieu is on his way to Become a
    Fixture in the Touring Charts

    NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - With an incredible number of 714,617 tickets
sold and a gross revenue of US$76.9 mln Andre Rieu clinched the 8th position
in Pollstar's top 10 of worldwide touring acts. At 59, Rieu is still burning
from ambition and his next goal is to definitively conquer the USA.
    Pollstar, the organization that keeps track of the concert industry just
published their annual ranking of the top 10 worldwide concert tours. The list
is topped by Madonna with a gross of US$281.6 mln. The top three is completed
by Celine Dion, with a gross revenue of US$236.6 mln and Bon Jovi, with
US$176.3 mln.
    After almost making the top 10 in the past few years, Rieu debuts at
number 8, with a gross revenue of US$76.9 mln. For his 71 shows, Rieu sold
714,617 tickets in 2008. The average of 10,065 tickets is without a doubt the
highest a classical artist has ever seen.
    With over 300,000 tickets already sold for concerts in 2009, Rieu is on
its way to become a fixture in the worldwide touring charts. Andre Rieu has
scheduled 35 concerts throughout the USA and Canada in April, May and June. He
also rolled out plans to tour Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France,
Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and of course his home country the Netherlands.
    The success of Rieu was driven by strong ticket sales in Europe and
Australia for his World Stadium Tour - Rieu's extravagant tour with a full
size reproduction of Empress Sisi's Castle, the biggest stage ever to go on
tour. The top 10 accomplishment is only firing up Rieu's ambitions. He is
hunting for more success and bigger things. "The USA is next on the list. It's
my goal to tour the States with the Schonbrunn Castle. The success there
hasn't kept up with the success in Europe, Asia and Australia, and we're going
to do everything possible to conquer the USA and sell out football stadiums,"
according to Rieu.
    Rieu's benchmark for success lies in Australia, where he virtually owns
the charts. Rieu has positions one to six in the Music DVD Top 50 and a total
of 21 records in the top 50. Rieu recently reached 100x platinum sales in
Australia for his CD's and DVD's.

    Top 10 worldwide concert tours

    Rank         Millions (US$)      Artist

    1            $281.6              Madonna
    2            $236.6              Celine Dion
    3            $176.3              Bon Jovi
    4            $165.8              Bruce Springsteen
                                     & The E Street Band
    5            $120.6              The Police
    6            $94.8               Neil Diamond
    7            $86.6               Eagles
    8            $76.9               Andre Rieu
    9            $72.2               Kenny Chesney
    10           $71.9               Coldplay


    Tour dates Rieu - USA/Canada 2009

    Date         City                Venue

    4-17-2009    Toronto             Air Canada Centre
    4-18-2009    Ottawa              Scotiabank Centre
    4-19-2009    Montreal            Bell Centre
    4-20-2009    Syracuse, NY        War Memorial At Oncenter
    4-21-2009    Manchester, NH      Verizon Wireless Arena
    4-23-2009    New York City, NY   Hammerstein Ballroom
    4-24-2009    Bridgeport, CT      Arena at Harbor Yard
    4-25-2009    Uniondale, NY       Nassau Coliseum
    4-26-2009    Newark, NJ          Prudential Center
    4-27-2009    Reading, PA         Sovereign Center
    4-28-2009    Camden, NJ          Susquehanna Bank Center
    5-14-2009    Baltimore, MD       1st Mariner Arena
    5-15-2009    Wilkes-Barre, PA    Wachovia Arena
    5-16-2009    Cleveland, OH       Quicken Loans Arena
    5-17-2009    Pittsburgh, PA      Mellon Arena
    5-18-2009    Columbus, OH        Nationwide Arena
    5-19-2009    Detroit, MI         Fox Theatre
    5-21-2009    Chicago, IL         Allstate Arena
    5-22-2009    Milwaukee, WI       Milwaukee Theatre
    5-23-2009    Minneapolis, MN     Target Center
    5-24-2009    Des Moines, IA      Wells Fargo Arena
    5-25-2009    Omaha, NE           Qwest Center
    5-26-2009    Denver, CO          Pepsi Center
    6-12-2009    Vancouver           General Motors Place
    6-13-2009    Tacoma, WA          Tacoma Dome
    6-14-2009    Portland, OR        Rose Garden Arena
    6-16-2009    Oakland, CA         Oracle Arena
    6-17-2009    Sacramento, CA      Arco Arena
    6-18-2009    Fresno, CA          SaveMart Center
    6-19-2009    Los Angeles, CA     Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
    6-20-2009    Ontario, CA         Citizens Business Bank Arena
    6-22-2009    San Diego, CA       Cricket Wireless Pavilion
    6-23-2009    Phoenix, AZ Arena
    6-24-2009    Las vegas, NV       Orleans Arena
    6-25-2009    Salt Lake City, UT  Usana Amphitheatre

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USA/Canada: Marthijn Graafland in New York at (646) 717-3370 or; Australia & Europe: Kerstin Cornelis at

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