Friday, December 10, 2010

Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC top the list of Top 25 tours of 2010


Rock still rules the live concert industry, as Bon Jovi, U2 and AC/DClanded in the top three spots on Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2010.

The list is spread across rock, pop, country, oldies and international music genres, the profiles of all artists on the list so high, that you’ve probably heard of them even if you’ve never heard them.

The numbers are crazy impressive, especially given the current state of the economy.

Bon Jovi grossed $146.5 million through 69 sold-out shows, playing to 1.5 million fans.

U2 were a close second, with $131.5 million over just 22 sold-out shows before 1.3 million fans.

Hard Rock kings AC/DC landed in third place with $122.6 million over 28 shows (including 19 sell-outs) before 1.1 million fans.

(Artists are ranked by total gross earnings, according to Billboard Boxscore, from Nov. 22, 2009 through Nov. 20, 2010.)

"Top 25 Tours Of 2010", according to Billboard magazine:

01. BON JOVI: $146,507,388
02. U2: $131,502,369
03. AC/DC: $122,633,027
04. LADY GAGA: $116,227,987
05. BLACK EYED PEAS: $81,579,114
06. JAMES TAYLOR & CAROLE KING: $62,326,410
07. EAGLES: $62,166,344
08. METALLICA: $61,947,556
09. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: $61,247,906
10. PAUL MCCARTNEY: $55,760,403
11. MICHAEL BUBLE: $52,887,642
12. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: $47,395,108
13. TIM MCGRAW: $44,782,598
14. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: $44,696,605
15. TAYLOR SWIFT: $40,312,810
16. ANDRÉ RIEU: $39,992,285
17. BRAD PAISLEY: $38,638,839
18. GEORGE STRAIT & REBA MCENTIRE: $36,666,304
19. JUSTIN BIEBER: $35,600,276
20. NICKELBACK: $35,035,196
21. PHISH: $33,240,962
22. MILEY CYRUS: $33,126,226
23. RASCAL FLATTS: $31,465,481
24. CARRIE UNDERWOOD: $29,743,522
25. TIËSTO: $28,626,366

More details can be found at Billboard here.

U2 – I Will Follow
King Baudouin Stadium - Brussels, Belgium - September 22, 2010