by Marian Sandberg
When we started our look at the best concert tour designs of all time—a list we asked you, our readers, to nominate—we had no idea what sort of feedback we would get. Suggestions dated farther back than those on this list, but sifting through all the emails and the piles of submissions we received, we’ve whittled it down to a precious ten. These were the most popular choices for their combined aesthetic and technically groundbreaking value.
Let’s face it, we all know there are probably dozens—even hundreds—more concert tours deserving recognition. Clearly, there is no algorithm that analyzes the data and spits out these results for us (one part genius + two parts budget + nine parts creativity + six parts more budget + 100,000 parts per venue ticket sales X the square root of the top position achieved on Billboard = success? Nah.).
Check back here for updates to materials related to these and other memorable tours. No stone shall remain unturned, no corner of the touring industry uncovered, no design without recognition, no—okay, I think you get the point. We have more than a few more to share. To all the designers, programmers, technicians, and crew on these tours, thanks for the memories.