As rockers AC/DC prepare to hit the road this October for the first time since 2001, their fans have shown their support by making the tour the top selling event for the week ending September 21. Most of the tickets for the North American leg of their “Black Ice World Tour” went on sale this past week, helping move AC/DC up seven spots from last weeks number eight position. The band also announced this week that it would use paperless ticket technology for members for their Fan Club who purchase select seats on the tour.

AC/DC finished with a power score of 8.90, more than double that of runner-up Wicked which finished at 4.26. This week marked the 17th consecutive week that the musical ranked in the top three for top events. Last week’s number one, Metallica, dropped from the top spot down to number three with a power score of 2.94. Playing in the final game at Yankee Stadium last night, September 21, helped bolster the New York Yankees to the number four spot in the top event rankings with a power score of 2.47. Four of the final six in the rankings came from the National Football League with the Dallas Cowboys finishing the highest, at number five, with a power score of 2.34.

As much as AC/DC was able to dominate the top events, they did even better in the top concerts for the week. They finished with a power score of 24.04, more than sixteen points ahead of second place Metallica (7.95 power score). It was the first time the top concert draw finished more than ten points higher than the runner-up since Madonna did so in the last week of May. The remainder of the top ten stayed the same with the only newcomer of the week being Neil Young, who will soon be headed on tour with Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie.

Football dominated the top sports events for the week with only the Yankees finishing in the top ten. Numbers two through ten were all football, with the Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles making the top five. The Yankees finished at the top, a spot they will soon lose as their season will end. But with baseball playoffs soon approaching, baseball might once again show its popularity among ticket buyers in upcoming rankings.

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In the top theatre rankings, it was more of the same. Both the top theatre rankings and Broadway rankings saw no change among their respective top fives, both seeing “Wicked” reside at the top. New additions to this week’s top theatre events were The Color Purple (1.36) and Billy Elliot (1.24), which finished nine and ten, respectively. As the winter season quickly approaches, Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk made it first, and probably not last, appearance in the top Broadway rankings finishing at number ten with a power score of 1.25.

Las Vegas was dominated this past week by Cirque du Soleil, which had five shows in the top ten positions among Las Vegas events list. The Cirque du Soleil shows that were the hot sellers were “O” (number four; power score of 4.98), The Beatles: LOVE (number five; power score 2.55), Criss Angel: Believe (number seven; power score 1.79), Zumanity (number nine; power score 1.62) and Mystere (number ten; power score 1.25). The top three Vegas shows remained the same with Cher, Bette Midler and Elton John: The Red Piano, occupying those positions.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 09/21/2008

      Event Score
1 AC/DC Tickets 8.90
2 Wicked Tickets 4.26
3 Metallica Tickets 2.94
4 New York Yankees Tickets 2.47
5 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 2.34
6 Tina Turner Tickets 2.14
7 New York Giants Tickets 2.03
8 Green Bay Packers Tickets 1.79
9 Madonna Tickets 1.74
10 Philadelphia Eagles Tickets 1.62

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 09/21/2008

      Event Score
1 AC/DC Tickets 24.04
2 Metallica Tickets 7.95
3 Tina Turner Tickets 5.81
4 Madonna Tickets 4.53
5 Céline Dion Tickets 4.12
6 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 2.57
7 The Eagles Tickets 2.29
8 Robin Williams Tickets 2.11
9 Neil Young Tickets 1.84
10 Coldplay Tickets 1.82

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 09/21/2008

      Event Score
1 New York Yankees Tickets 5.26
2 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 4.98
3 New York Giants Tickets 4.32
4 Green Bay Packers Tickets 3.80
5 Philadelphia Eagles Tickets 3.45
6 Buffalo Bills Tickets 3.14
7 Denver Broncos Tickets 2.75
8 New England Patriots Tickets 2.64
9 Texas Longhorns Tickets 2.43
10 Chicago Bears Tickets 2.36

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 09/21/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 30.62
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 11.17
3 South Pacific Tickets 9.55
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 7.08
5 Lion King Tickets 4.92
6 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 4.21
7 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 4.04
8 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.77
9 The Color Purple Tickets 1.36
10 Billy Elliot Tickets 1.24

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 09/21/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 31.85
2 South Pacific Tickets 18.07
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 14.70
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 8.45
5 Mamma Mia! Tickets 4.39
6 Lion King Tickets 2.62
7 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 2.41
8 Billy Elliot Tickets 2.31
9 Little Mermaid Tickets 2.03
10 Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk Tickets 1.25

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 09/21/2008

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 37.25
2 Bette Midler Tickets 31.82
3 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 7.45
4 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 4.98
5 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 2.55
6 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.94
7 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 1.79
8 Donny and Marie Osmond Tickets 1.73
9 Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity Tickets 1.62
10 Cirque du Soleil: Mystère Tickets 1.25