Nickelback became the fourth global superstar to sign a long-term, unified rights deal with Live Nation earlier this year. The tour, the first under that agreement, is expected to drive a broad range of revenue streams, spanning merchandise, VIP packages, fan club, tour sponsorship and secondary ticketing, as well as additional rights including recorded music, clothing, licensing and other retail merchandise, non-tour sponsorship and endorsements, DVD and broadcast rights, website and literary rights.
“Ticket sales for 2009 concerts are continuing to pace ahead of historic trends despite the global economic slowdown,” said Jason Garner, CEO of Live Nation Global Music. “Nickelback sales being 20% ahead of their last tour is consistent with what we are seeing from many of the tours currently on sale. While we continue to monitor the effect of the economy on our business, all of our data indicates that we are one of the only consumer businesses resilient to the economic downturn.”
Nickelback, one of the most successful rock bands of the decade, kicks off their North American tour February 25th, at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The DARK HORSE tour will continue globally throughout 2009 with the first set of international dates beginning May 22, 2009, in Manchester, England. The band will return to the U.S. for a summer tour performing at amphitheaters throughout the country. Additional Nickelback dates to be announced soon.
Nickelback’s previous tours have grossed in excess of $100 million in ticket sales and have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Their latest release, DARK HORSE, is currently #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
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NICKELBACK NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES 2009 Wed/Feb-25 Nashville, TN Sommet Center Fri/Feb-27 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena Sat/Feb-28 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena Mon/Mar-02 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Tue/Mar-03 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum Thu/Mar-05 Worcester, MA DCU Center Fri/Mar-06 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center Sun/Mar-08 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena Mon/Mar-09 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center Wed/Mar-11 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena Thu/Mar-12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena Sat/Mar-14 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center Sun/Mar-15 Moline, IL i Wireless Center Tue/Mar-17 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Wed/Mar-18 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena Wed/Apr-01 Edmonton, AL Rexall Centre Thu/Apr-02 Calgary, AL Pengrowth Saddledome Sat/Apr-04 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre Sun/Apr-05 Winnipeg, MT MTS Centre Tue/Apr-07 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Wed/Apr-08 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Fri/Apr-10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center Mon/Apr-13 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center Tue/Apr-14 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center Thu/Apr-16 Houston, TX Toyota Center Fri/Apr-17 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena Sun/Apr-19 Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena Wed/Apr-22 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES 2009 Fri/May-22 Manchester, GB Manchester Evening News Arena Sat/May-23 Glasgow, GB SECC Hall 4 Mon/May-25 Newcastle, GB Metro Radio Arena Tue/May-26 Birmingham, GB NIA Thu/May-28 London, GB O2 Arena Fri/May-29 Sheffield, GB Hallam Arena Additional dates to be announced soon. ABOUT LIVE NATION:
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