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Wednesday, December 29, 2010; 10:15 PM

Top 2010 rock tours

The numbers are in and this year's highest-grossing tours belong to rock veterans Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, AC/DC and U2, Pollstar reports.

The concert tracker estimates that New Jersey's own Bon Jovi came in first, making a whopping $201 million in 80 national and international concerts this year.

The Australian band AC/DC came in second, performing 40 shows worldwide, making $177 million in sales. Pink Floyd's legendary Roger Waters, 67, came in second to Bon Jovi in North American concert sales, grossing $90 million.

Irish rock band U2's international 360 Degree Tour came in third, with $160.9 million. The Dave Matthews Band took the third spot stateside, with $72.9 million.

Though these are staggering figures in spite of the sluggish economy, overall concert sales fell about 10 percent from last year. The only number that actually went up: ticket prices. But concertgoers can look forward to extra pocket change in 2011; promoters reportedly will lower ticket prices to increase sales.

Leguizamo set to 'Klown'

Comedian John Leguizamo ("Moulin Rouge," "Romeo + Juliet") is heading back to Broadway with the autobiographical "Ghetto Klown," the Associated Press reports.

"Ghetto Klown" is based on the Hollywood beginnings of Leguizamo, 46.

The one-man show will be directed by Fisher Stevens and will preview in Chicago during February, running officially for 12 weeks at New York City's Lyceum Theater in March.

The Golden Globe-nominated comedian won an Emmy for his 1998 Broadway monologue, "Freak."

Jackson 'autopsy' decried

Executors of the estate of Michael Jackson demanded Wednesday that the Discovery Channel ditch plans to air a show that purports to reenact the autopsy of the dead pop star, the Associated Press reports.

Sending an angry letter to the Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications, the executors, John Branca and John McClain, said the show was "in shockingly bad taste" and insensitive to the feelings of the Jackson family.

According to the AP, the letter accused the company of being motivated by a "blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value."

Particularly "sickening" to the executors was an Internet ad for the show, "Michael Jackson's Autopsy," showing a sheet-covered body on a gurney; a hand extending out from under the sheet wears the late singer's trademark glove.

The wire service's after-hours calls to Discovery headquarters were not answered.

Von Trapp daughter dies

Agathe von Trapp, from the Austrian family that inspired the musical "The Sound of Music," died Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The oldest of the seven von Trapp children died at 97 in Baltimore from heart complications. She ran and taught at the Sacred Heart Catholic parish kindergarten in Glyndon, Md.

Her family's escape from 1930s Nazi-occupied Austria inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1965 musical classic "The Sound of Music." Julie Andrews, 75, was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of von Trapp's stepmother, Maria, in the film.

End note

Musician and composer Wynton Marsalis, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and nine Grammys, visited the Newseum Wednesday afternoon. The artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center was casual, wearing jeans and a brown sweater, touring the museum with friends from out of town. Marsalis will appear on "60 Minutes" this Sunday.

- Gabriela Melendez Olivera, from Web and wire reports

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