The top five concert tours, ranked by average box-office gross per city. Includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
v (1) Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw: $4,384,494; $88.87.
v (2) Roger Waters: $2,316,991; $112.40.
v (3) Cirque du Soleil — “Michael Jackson, The Immortal”: $1,683,362; $110.60.
v (4) Dave Matthews Band: $1,408,298; $54.95.
v (5) Phish: $1,143,659; $54.39.
“the new normal” (9:30 P.M., NBC): Tune out the controversy and just watch “The New Normal” if you want to see a hilarious and heartfelt sitcom. It follows a gay couple (Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha) that enlists a surrogate (Georgia King) to have their baby, much to the chagrin of her outspoken grandmother (Ellen Barkin).
“parenthood” (10 p.m., NBC): We don’t know if everyone will love Ray Romano’s character in the new season of “Parenthood.” But we have a feeling that Sarah (Lauren Graham) might eventually.
“Sons of Anarchy” (10 p.m., FX): Jimmy Smits makes a very memorable debut in the Season 5 opener of “Sons of Anarchy.” He plays a former gang banger who becomes an unlikely ally to Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and something much more to Gemma (Katey Sagal).
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Vindicator editor to deliver lecture
The Canfield Historical Society’s fall lecture series will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday with Todd Franko, editor of The Vindicator, who will speak on “The Future of the Newspaper.” The free lecture will be at the CHS’s Bond House, 44 W. Main St., across from the library. It is open to the public, and pre-registration is not necessary.
Upcoming lectures include: “History of Ohio Quilting” by Clare Neff and Betty Aberson, Oct. 11; and “Select Pieces from the Canfield Historical Society Collection” by CHS curator Laura Zeh, Nov. 8. For information, call the Canfield Historical Society at 330-533-3458.
Trans-Siberian in Pgh., Cleveland
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring its new “The Lost Christmas Show” tour to Pittsburgh and Cleveland this holiday season.
On Dec. 16, TSO will be at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, for shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Then on Dec. 26, TSO will come to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena for shows at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at livenation.com, the arena box offices and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets also can be purchased by phone at 888-894-9424 (Cleveland) and 800-745-3000 (Pittsburgh).
Music at museum
Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music will present free performances at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 19 (Brass Chamber Music) and Sept. 26 (jazz) at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Wednesdays in the Butler. For information, call 330-941-3636.