Ringo Starr will be hitting the road with his All Starr Band in the spring.

Ringo Starr will be hitting the road with his All Starr Band in the spring. (TNS)

As the final touring update for 2023 commences, it feels like a good idea to remind everyone that Pollstar, the leading media outlet that covers this stuff and also provides a chart we outline each month here, has voting open for what they call the Major Tour Of The Year. To vote, head to, and yes, the deadline is 8 p.m. EST today (Dec. 8). Among the finalists are, you guessed it, Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, Beyonce’s Renaissance World Tour and Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time Tour. In a year where live music seemed more prominent than it has been in a long time, the way this shakes out could be a lot of fun to watch.

Or, well, who am I kidding? Taylor Swift is going to win this thing. But it’s fun to dream!

Anyway, speaking of dreaming and Pollstar, the most recent Live 75 chart, which the website curates, has a brand new addition to it this time around: RBD. The Latin pop group called it quits back in 2006, but with the news of their recent dreamy reunion, they top the list, which compiles worldwide active tours by average tickets sold for shows performed over the last 30 days. In this case, RBD managed to move an average of about 17,000 tickets. Latin flavor dominated the top three spots on the chart as Peso Pluma (16,500) came in second while Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull/Ricky Martin finished third (about 14,000). Ms. Lauryn Hill and The Fugees slipped in at No. 10 with a little more than an average of 12,000 tickets sold over the last 30 days – and that doesn’t even come with a promise that any of their shows will actually happen. Hey-yo!

When it comes to newly announced tours, jam band stalwarts Phish announced last week that they will be the latest act to take residency at Las Vegas’s infamous Sphere. The tour (or, well, mini-tour-ish-thing) will only last from April 18 to April 21, but imagine the special effects that will be in play for that one. Keeping with the aforementioned Latin theme, hitmaker J Balvin announced last week that he will be hitting the road next year for the Good To See You Again Tour. Kicking off in April in Frankfurt, Germany, the European run will hit Switzerland, Italy, France and Lithuania before wrapping on June 5 in London.

Elsewhere, hard-rockers Avenged Sevenfold noted recently that they will continue their Life Is But A Dream Tour with Poppy and Sullivan King next year. That outing begins March 6 in Buffalo, N.Y., and concludes in New Jersey on March 31. In a neat wrinkle, the group will continue to use TicketPass, an event entry system that they created and is designed to airdrop a token to concert-goers in what they said is “an environmentally-friendly blockchain.”

And then there’s Ringo. The Beatles drummer announced last week that he will take his All Starr band back on the road in the spring. This time around, the cast will include Edgar Winter, Colin Hay and Gregg Bissonette, among others. The trek will kick off at The Venetian on May 22 and it will stay there for six days before heading to Mexico City in June, where the short run will wrap on the sixth of the month. No word on how many dates Paul McCartney plans to join Starr for what would surely be a memorable (perhaps for all the wrong reasons) take on the Fab Four’s latest single, “Now & Then.”

Hey. What’s up with that music video?

Anyway, happy concert-ing!

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