These are 15 Top Grossing Rock Tours Mid-Year 2017

But who will be the best at the end of this year?

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These are 15 Top Grossing Rock Tours Mid-Year 2017
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This year was an interesting one for rock music and we saw many bands and artists from the genre conquering the world once again. And what is also interesting is that the good old rock bands we loved for decades have proven that rock ‘n’ roll is far from being dead and forgotten. They not only have the energy but even sound better than ever. Here below is a list of the 15 highest grossing rock tours in the period of January 1 to June 30, 2017.

15. Roger Waters - $24.6 Million

The legendary Pink Floyd musician sure stirred things up this year with his politically charged live performances. But it still didn’t stop him from grossing more than 24 million in less than 20 shows in this period.



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14. Journey - $26.3 Million

Journey kicked off their 2017 journey on February 1 in Asia, visiting Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, China South Korea, Philippines, and Taiwan, and then took over the US and Canada in late February all the way until the end of June.



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13. Iron Maiden - $27.9 Million

And after all these years Iron Maiden can still kick some ass. Their 2017 dates of “The Book of Souls” tour started on 22 April 2017, and after visiting Europe and North America with an average of 13,293 people on their shows, heavy metal legends grossed $27.9 million



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12. Def Leppard - $28.6 Million

This year Def Leppard are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their “Hysteria” album and 40 years of the formation of the band. And what better way to celebrate it than with a multi-million grossing tour?



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11. Neil Diamond - $29.7 Million

American musician Neil Diamond is well into his 70s, but that doesn’t stop him from having one of the most grossing tours in 2017. His 50th-anniversary tour started on April 7 and has included 25 cities in the first half of the year.



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10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - $30.6 Million

Before his recent tragic passing Tom Petty embarked on a tour with The Heartbreakers this year, which lasted from April 20 to September 25. And up until June 30, they grossed more than $ 30 million.



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9. Dead & Company - $31 Million

The band was formed in 2015 by Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti. They did a total of 20 shows, of which 19 were in the first half of the year, during which they grossed $31 million.



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8. Sting - $34.3 Million

Legendary Sting is in the 7th decade of his life, but that sure doesn’t stop him from rocking on, and rocking well which you can hear in the audio footage below. This past February he embarked on a tour in support of his “57th & 9th” album.



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7. Green Day - $38.1 Million

Billie Joe Armstrong fronted band is currently on a tour which kicked off in September last year and will have around 120 shows until its wrapping up in November 2017. With 36 shows in total in the first half of this year and average of 12,656 people in the crowd per show, he climbed up to 7th position on this list with $38.1 million.



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6. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - 38.1 Million

After having a successful 2016 tour, Bruce Springsteen continued on to perform in January and February of this year. With only 14 shows he and the E Street Band accumulated more than $38 million, with an average attendance of 29,020.



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5. Bon Jovi - $39.1 Million

Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not for Sale” tour went through 28 cities with 30 shows in total in the first 6 months of 2017. The attendance was 16,456 on average per show.



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4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - $60.5 Million

RHCP was really busy in 2016, with their 11th studio album “The Getaway” launched in June 2016, and the tour which lasted throughout the entire year. This year was also all work for them, but it certainly paid off. With 55 shows in the first half of 2017, they grossed more than $60 million.



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3. Metallica - $88 Million

Like it isn’t enough for them to be one of the most successful bands ever, Metallica continued to rage on with the release of “Hardwired...To Self-Destruct” album, and a “WorldWired” tour which in the first half of 2017 hit 19 cities with 25 shows.



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2. U2 - $118.1 Million

U2 embarked on “The Joshua Tree” 30th-anniversary tour in May this year, and with only 19 shows and an average attendance of staggering 61,973 they have the second highest grossing rock tour and second highest one in all genres for the first half of 2017, with $118.1 million in total.



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1. Guns N’ Roses - $151.1 Million

Next time somebody says rock ‘n’ roll is dead or that only old people listen to it, remind them that Guns N’ Roses grossed significantly more than stars like Justin Bieber ($93.2 million), Adele ($59.0 million), Ed Sheeran ($57.2 million), The Weekend ($49.4 million), Drake ($43.6 million), and many others. In the first half of this year, they not only visited 27 cities with more than 50,000 people in the crowd on average, but they have put on some amazing shows with opening bands such as Babymetal, Royal Blood, Wolfmother, and many others. One of the most interesting moments on the tour was when legendary AC/DC guitarist Angus Young showed up and performed “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Riff Raff” with the band. This will surely be the tour that will go down as one of the most successful ones in history.



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For more info check out this lift of 100 highest grossing tours mid-year 2017 here. Who do you think will have the highest grossing tour of the entire 2017? Feel free to place your bets in the comment section below.

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    joushyoung2
    No disrespect, but I have no idea why u2 does so well
    mrbaconsandwich
    According to Liam Gallagher:  "I have never seen a U2 fan. I have never seen anyone with a U2 shirt or been around someone's house that has a f***ing U2 record. Where do their fans f***ing come from?"  He also had a few words to say about Bono: "You see pictures of Bono running around LA with his little white legs and a bottle of Volvic and he looks like a fanny." 
    Starkiller83
    I've never heard anybody say once in my life that " I'd like to put on some U2 right now".. 28 years. Never heard it once.
    cactusman1
    bono wears heels.  HAHSAHSADGEWDFHSD
    mrbaconsandwich
    Always thought of them as a ladies band..
    Vandekill
    Between U2 and Oasis I wonder which band is the most for "ladies". And you say that like it's a bad thing that's stupid... Also Oasis is a one hit wonder while U2 influenced a huge number of people and even generations. 
    Kyyper
    just because the average can't name a u2 song but knows wonderwall, doesn't mean oasis has no great songs. and who was influenced by u2? I know I either
    shamrock21
    Muse, Coldplay, Keane, Snow Patrol, Oasis (yes, Oasis), Two Door Cinema Club, Kings of Leon, Radiohead...there's quite a lot of bands that have been influenced at least a little bit by U2
    maguri
    I'm not a U2 fan and I don't know anything about Bono's sexual orientation. But this is such an offensive remark; making fun of others by implying they are gay or behave as if they're not 'real men'. Gallagher must have severe doubts about his own masculinity so he thrashes out like this to make sure he's a tough guy. And enough people vote this up so it becomes a "Gold Comment"? Sad!
    westley23j
    Youre offended by a remark you saw on the internet?!? Theres something i've never heard before!!! You must be a fanny.
    mrbaconsandwich
    You're such a lemon... its called having a sense of humour mate. I wasn't trying to offend anyone. 
    maguri
    So you were actually making fun of Gallagher? Sorry, I misunderstood. This lemon's totally with you.
    mrbaconsandwich
    Nah, I wasn't making fun of Gallagher. He is one of my idols! He's the man! I was pointing out that whatever you or other people might find offensive, is actually rather humorous. Nobody has the strength of character anymore (Especially on the internet) to see something they don't like and not get offended by it. I'm just an internet nobody mate... don't take this sh*t too seriously Mr Lemon
    maguri
    Don't worry, I'm not offended. I only said the remark was offensive. That's something else than being offended oneself. I just don't like these kind of jokes, you know: "Tell 'em the one about the fucking queer / Do the one that always works / 'Bout the lazy blacks that don't like work / And once you got 'em, keep 'em there / Raise their spirits! Raise their cheer!" Not my kind of humour. But then, I'm just another internet nobody. To each his own. 
    ca6jo11
    They only have a handful of great songs that I've heard. BUT. I haven't listened to them cause of that. There are probably a lot better songs in their catalogue I would dig... For me they work like RHCP... both are selling like hell and both have always been close to mainstream. Sorry if you're a fan and get offended.
    RedLabelRecords
    Close to mainstream??? Pal, correct me if I'm wrong but you must be under 16 years old.
    ca6jo11
    Hah. Double that age. Anyway. I've grown up with their music... that's why I can tell you my honest opinion. Mainstream it has always been. I was born in the age where they played music videos on TV. They showed U2 as much as Madonna and Michael Jackson back in the day where I lived. So yes, am I wrong to say mainstream then?!? I think not. But you might disagree. But that's okay.
    N7Crazy
    I don't know which kind of communities you hang out with, but if its like UG where its mainly hard rock and metal, then of course it  might seem a bit odd since there generally is an anti-U2 sentiment in those kind of groups. That said, I can give the following reasons 1) Apart from releasing a string of legendary albums since the very early 80's to the late 90's, they've also managed to keep their subsequent albums relevant and stay in the limelight, which is also immensly helped by that... 2) ...They are considered one of the best live acts in rock - Regardless if you like them or not, they hold a high standard with their concerts, pleasing both casual fans with their greatest hits and more hardcore fans with deep cuts in concerts that easily last up to 2 hours, all while keeping the energy high and rarely ever meandering. It's not uncommon to hear stories about people who didn't like U2 still being impressed after seeing them live 3) There's a large amount of people that will openly, and sadly more than often in a rather hostile manner, shit on U2 and their fans, so in communities like UG, people who like U2 will often keep low profile making them much less visible - Furthermore, any serious discussion about U2 will often be drowned out and shut down by pop culture refrences from South Park and witty quotations from other musicians taking a jab at them 4) Despite being a rock band, they also have a lot of fans within other music communities such as country, soul, and electronica, which means there's a very large group that rock communities aren't aware of 5) They have, like many other huge rock acts, solidified themselves into contemporary pop culture, meaning that it's almost impossible to not hear about them or hear one of their songs at some point in ones life. 6) They're massively influential - Despite the bandwagon critique, many musicians, both famous and underground, across multiple genres, cite them as an influence or have expressed admiration for them
    mrbaconsandwich
    Each to their own opinion my friend. I personally agree with Liam on this one because I can't fu**ing stand U2 either. Can't think of any other band or artist where people actually question their fan bases existence!  
    N7Crazy
    Tbh I've never heard of someone actually questioning the existence of U2's fanbase. Even here on UG you still see some people (including myself) who openly listen to them. Besides, if you're going to cite Liam Gallagher for your opinion, do consider his brothers point of view; "Liam is a man with a fork in a world of soup" Btw, what's your reasoning for not being able to "f***ing stand" U2 anyhow?
    BillDemote
    I don't get questions like "how does u2 do so well ?". You have to be thick headed to not see the bigger picture. Or comments like "Who?", again you have to be t h i c c headed to not be able to do a goddamn google search, I usually dismiss those comments.
    capkanisfreddy
    Yeah but how old was he when he said that, because he's actually good friends with bono they've gotten fucked up alot over the years and he just talked about that recently on this last tour plus i looked at his top ten favorite album list and the joshua tree is on it
    capkanisfreddy
    Oh sorry i was thinking of noel but then again liams always pissing and moaning on twitter that noels good friends with bono
    capkanisfreddy
    The problem i have with bono is he's raised billions of dollars since the eighties and given less than 1% to the actual African charities he was sponsoring. He's actually a greedy piece of shit
    hhun
    No disrespect taken, but it's possibly because they've transformed the rock n roll landscape since 1978.  "One," "With or Without You," and "Beautiful Day" are staples on the radio and are classic rock exemplars in melody and lyricism.  In case you haven't heard "The Joshua Tree" album or "Sunday Bloody Sunday," go take a listen and ask yourself why those songs may just be as relevant today as they were back then. Opinions are opinions and no one can take those away from an individual, but I completely see why they are so huge.  Like them or not, they are rock royalty.
    shamrock21
    They're a phenomenal live band. Check out the 360 tour & the Zoo TV tour- the crowds are massive, & they put on a great show. They never show up late, put thought into each tour, no on stage fights or drama between members. Some people don't like them & that's ok, but they're a lot more popular than people seem to realize. Between their early 80s stuff, their 90s stuff & their 2000s stuff, they have a huge catalog & variety of styles so that appeals to people with diverse music tastes. UG tends to be metal-dominated (that's cool, I like metal) so you don't tend to see U2 fans on here even though a lot are. They've been a big inspiration to a lot of newer bands (Muse, Killers, etc), so younger fans are discovering them because of that. Plus they've been around since 1976 so parents & older fans tend to be super loyal & introduce them to their kids. They're one of the best live bands I've ever seen, so them being consistently good live is prob a big reason their tours always make so much money.
    yankmaddog
    Obviously haven't been to one of their shows.  They're religious experiences.   Now go play your Bullet for my Valentine.  
    joushyoung2
    I never said I didn't enjoy or respect them. I hardly hear their music through media, let alone news or conversation about them. I'm just surprised by their popularity
    GN'R Dude
    Roger Waters show was probably the best show I have ever seen as far as visual spectacle goes.
    Walldude63
    Audio quality too. I was right next to the front of house position and the audio was flawless. The sound at any Gilmour/Waters/Floyd show is always top notch but this was just out of this world. 
    Anjohl
    It's too bad it's just a stage play with lip synced vocals.
    GN'R Dude
    You could tell when he had additional pre recorded vocals helping him but you could also tell when he didn't. The thing with him is he never had a great voice and it really couldn't change all that much. He sounded like an old man in 1968.
    Abzzz
    Well, the non-classic line up members from GNR sure are happy to be in the band right now.
    Rayan_A
    They are hired musicians. Only Axl, Slash, Duff and some of the management guys (and Uncle Sam) get to enjoy all that money. The rest of the band get fixed income. It doesn't matter if they play a sold-out show or if half the seats are empty, they get paid the same both situations. On a side note: I'm really happy for the Chili Peppers. Major kudos to those guys.
    Anjohl
    Actually, Slash/Duff are on performers contracts as well. Lucrative ones, and they do get so e merch residuals, but the only one with equity is Axl.
    Glass_Ceiling
    I'm sure Fortus and Ferrer are very well paid. They've been in the band longer than Slash and Duff if you think about it. Besides, Axl has the reputation to be a fair employer when it comes to money.
    maguri
    Wonder why McCartney isn't on here, he did roughly 30 shows this year (Japan and USA, tour still going on). Should have made some money, too. But then, maybe he does not publish how much he makes. 
    david89zemun
    This is for the first half of of the year, so from January 1 to June 30. And McCartney had only four shows in that particular period. But if you have more data on the matter and he does fall into the list, I can put it up in the article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_on_One_(tour) At the end of the year, he will most likely be up there, since he has a lot of shows played in July-October period, and has some shows planned for December. 
    walter.curley
    Just saw Roger Waters two weeks ago. What a show! I urge anyone who is even a slight fan of Pink Floyd to make a hard effort to see it. Truly a life-changing experience.
    jaceebersole1
    I’m surprised Tool isn’t on here. There recent tour was awesome
    david89zemun
    They had 20 shows in the first half of the year and grossed 18.5 million. If they recorded a new album and toured in support for it, I'm sure they'd be up on this list.  
    artvandalay
    Wow, chili peppers are really kicking ass! Way more shows than the other top runners. They truly deserve every penny.
    rcanders
    U2 was born out of the punk period around the same time as The Clash, The Cure etc. Their first few albums were awesome and after that brilliance of song writing still surfaces from time to time. I went to see Roger Waters who drew around 10,000 and U2 who drew around 40,000 this year in New Orleans. Roger Waters says political shit and he gets a free pass. Waters had a fantastic show with amazing sound and visual spectacle. U2 helps third world countries(its documented, say what you want) and Edge helps musicians who have lost through catastrophes such as Katrina and Harvey and they are burned for this and giving free music. Weird. By the way the U2 show in New Orleans was great. 40,000 fans singing along with every song. Good stuff. 
    Walldude63
    Waters gets a free pass? Are you kidding? He's been labeled everything from "Anti-Semetic" to "Terrorist". They didn't even want to let him play in NY.  
    rcanders
    ...exactly...I feel Waters brings it on himself but he gets treated far better on this site than U2...
    cbx47
    I've seen GNR 2016 and 2017, and expecting RHCP in Argentina 2018
    shamrock21
    To people wondering where the U2 fans are: people tend to have friends with similar music taste. Not always of course, but there's a correlation. So if you're into jazz or heavy metal, you and the people you hang out with probably listen to Miles Davis or Megadeth, so it might seem like you don't know any U2 fans. Logically, that then leads you to wonder where the U2 fans are because you don't personally know any & aren't familiar with their music.
    Zero_Sound
    The thing that sucks about the rockers getting older is the timing of the music. I can understand key changes for a singer as you get older but it seems a lot of musicians when they get older the timing gets off and kind of ruins it.
    twelthshade
    i'm interested in seeing how royal blood, foo fighters and queens of stone age does in the 2'nd half of the year. 
    RedLabelRecords
    I saw Royal Blood two years ago. They were good but I think I'm over their sound. 
    twelthshade
    I can go with that to a degree. I really like what they've done on the new album, but i was a little let down by them not having an acoustic song, or a slow mellow song with some bass delay or something. Or even just a drum and keys song w a little bass solo over a sustained note part on a keyboard. I was really hoping they would push the 2 piece like Jack White did i guess. 
    RedLabelRecords
    That's the problem most people have. It's not awful. Just more of the same. Bad enough a lot of their songs sound alike.
    SFosterS
    That's why I was more happy with Death From Above's new album. Not just same old, as much as I would have still loved same old I'm sure lol I do like the new Royal Blood too though, just dont find myself listening to it.
    Pickn_BlueGrass
    Dead & Company are killing it. Never thought John Mayer would be the lead guitarist for The Dead but God damn he's got it.  
    argarg1313
    He's an underrated guitar player. The stuff you hear of his on radio doesn't do him justice. 
    estranged_2003
    Some great tours there, going to see metallica next week i was lucky enough to have seen a few of these including Tom Petty at hyde park an amazing gig in every sense. GNR in london was outstanding as well. Iron Maiden where on their top game in glasgow and Im going to Roger Waters in Glasgow next year which is one of my most anticipated gigs in a long time
    dummythingy1
    10: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 9: Dead & Company It's a drastic renaming, but I guess Mike and Benmont gotta work
    sambargun
    Few points: -when are we going to see a rock/metal band that is relatively new in this list? Is it because we dont like them or is it because of a paucity of good music.  -dont listen to anything that comes out of Liam Gallagher's mouth unless those words are written by his brother....
    argarg1313
    It's because the newer bands aren't selling out massive arenas like these big name acts.
    Zirk208
    Who knew 8 albums of songs about california could be worth $60 million???
    arnolddrummer
    Top 15 tours and the youngest band is Green Day :/ We gotta kick it up a notch, rock community!