Rolling Stones, Metallica, AC/DC Among Top Tour Earners in Past 25 Years

artist: Misc date: 05/29/2014 category: industry news

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Rolling Stones, Metallica, AC/DC Among Top Tour Earners in Past 25 Years
Billboard has posted (via Classic Rock) a list of the top 25 grossing touring bands of the past 25 years. The poll shows that the Rolling Stones have come out on top, raising $1.56 billion with 538 shows since 1990. Metallica, AC/DC and Aerosmith were also amongst the top earners.

As Billboard notes, the figures raise questions about the future of large scale rock concerts, with the youngest vocalist in the top ten aged 46, and the majority of acts in the list having released their first albums before the 1990s.

Billboard's top 25 grossing bands 1990-2014

1. Rolling Stones: $1.56bn (538 shows)
2. U2: $1.51bn (526 shows)
3. Bruce Springsteen: $1.19bn (727 shows)
5. Bon Jovi: $1.03bn (578 shows)
6. Elton John: $787m (956 shows)
7. Dave Matthews Band: $777m (992 shows)
10. Eagles: $702m (484 shows)
11. Sting / The Police: $556m (605 shows)
12. Roger Waters: $547m (316 shows)
13. Paul McCartney: $506m (220 shows)
14. BIlly Joel: $500m (577 shows)
15. Rod Stewart: $497m (714 shows)
16. Neil Diamond: $465m (643 shows)
17. Metallica: $433m (468 shows)
18. Aerosmith: $418m (582 shows)
19. George Strait: $405m (584 shows)
20. Jimmy Buffett: $403m (539 shows)
21. Coldplay: $378m (315 shows)
22. Toby Keith: $361m (711 shows)
24. Fleetwood Mac / Stevie Nicks: $350m (483 shows)
25. AC/DC: $338m (316 shows)
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