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San Diego played host last year to many of the nation's top concert tours.
In 2010, nine of the Top 20 concert tours in America passed through our city, to the delight of mainstream music lovers. Among the top grossers were the Eagles, who soared on the second-largest grossing tour in the country (beaten only by Roger Waters). The SoCal sons played the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on May 23 (check out our gallery of the show). The band grossed $1,182,275 on average at each stop on the tour.
The No. 3 tour, Usher's OMG, wowed audiences at the Valley View Casino Center (the Sports Arena, to you and me) on Nov. 17 (check out the gallery), while Michael Buble, who bubbled up to the No. 4 spot, spent Feb. 4 crooning at Anthology (click here for photos).
(Justin) Bieber Fever (No. 6) infected the Sports Arena in November (gallery), and Brad Paisley put in a colorful appearance at the Cricket in September. Bieber made an average of $714,585 in each city, coming in on the list two spots ahead of Paisley, who earned about $580,368.
Bieber and Usher hit San Diego hard, also playing a split bill at the Cricket together in May (see the pics). As you can imagine, traffic was a nightmare.
In 2010, the Valley View Casino Center was the site of such diverse acts as Shakira (No. 5, at $878,283 a pop) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (No. 7, boasting a bill of $587,470), later in the year.
No. 12-ranked Muse ($410,351; check out the gallery) showed off their supermassive talent on Sept. 21 in the Midway District, and the Gorillaz, at No. 14 on the year's list (photos) played the same venue on Oct. 28.
Artists were ranked by average box office gross per city based on data from the trade publication Pollstar.