-- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones are among the artists who will vie for honors at the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled to take place November 14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Springsteen and his group's Wrecking Ball trek and Bon Jovi's Because We Can outing are finalists in the Top Tour category, which acknowledges the highest-grossing tours of the year.
They will compete against the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour. The two New Jersey rock groups also are in the running for the Top Draw prize, which honors the highest-attended tours. The Boss won the latter award last year. As for The Rolling Stones, they garnered two out of the three nominations for the Top Boxscore prize, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist. The British rock legends are being recognized for a two-concert November 2012 stand in London and a three-show May-June 2013 stint in Chicago. In addition, The Stones' 50 and Counting tour is in the running for the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award.
Meanwhile, the Billboard Touring Awards will introduce a new honor this year, the Shell Rotella Haul of Fame, which acknowledges the contributions of truckers and other touring workers. The inaugural honorees include the touring support staffs of The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, U2 and several other artists.
Finally, there's a fan-voted category, Fans' Choice, which lets people vote for the best tour of the year. This list features 25 finalists, including Fleetwood Mac, as well as the aforementioned Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and The Rolling Stones.
The Billboard Touring Awards ceremony will serve as the finale of the 10th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 13-14. The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.
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