Springsteen Beats Roger Waters On Top Earners List

The Boss is top tour earner of 2012.

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Last month, we reported that Roger Waters was the second-highest paid musician of 2012, being beaten only by rap star Dr. Dre. When it comes to touring, though, it would seem that Bruce Springsteen is still The Boss. The New Jersey born singer outranked the former Pink Floyd man in terms of touring revenue during 2012, earning $199 million in the past 12 months. Waters made $186 million this year, placing him second in a list of highest-grossing rock tours which also featured Van Halen, Nickelback and Pearl Jam.

The full list is as follows:

1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: $199m 2. Roger Waters: $186m 3. Van Halen: $54m 4. Dave Matthews Band: $41m 5. Red Hot Chili Peppers: $33m 6. Nickelback: $33m 7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: $33m 8. Rod Stewart: $30m 9. Pearl Jam: $27m

Bruce may have won out in the rock stakes, but in a general poll, it was Madonna who was crowned queen. The pop star made $228 million from touring in 2012.

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    Well...Boss worked really hard last year. Who else gives 4h shows?
    $199 Million is really incredible considering his ticket prices aren't insane.
    who wants to see 4hrs show anyway... my vote goes to Roger but yeah that's not a vote...
    Kind of hard to believe that Nickelback and Trans-Siberian Orchestra made the same amount of money.
    saw him live this year, it was absolutely amazing...bought already tickets for next year :
    I wonder how much of that money they actually get in the end...
    i heard something like 15%, but i could be thinking of a completely different fact and that could be waaaay off
    No, they really don't. As good as they are, and they are very good, almost nobody puts a show on like Springsteen
    Why do people still go see Madonna? I mean, I get why teeny-boppers love Bieber and all that other talentless garbage. I just don't understand why people keep spending money to see her.
    Everyone on here is way better than SPringsteen (except maybe Rod Stewart). Out of all these I've only seen Van Halen and TSO, but I'm sure they kick Springsteen's ass live.
    Is the counting made by what the artist announce they made ? I feel like some international bands are missing here, or perhaps I just overrated their income.