Thursday, December 28, 2017

U2 and Guns N’ Roses top 2017 worldwide concert tours

U2 and Guns N’ Roses have topped live music industry magazine Pollstar’s list of worldwide concert tours in 2017.

Over the course of 50 shows in 38 cities, the Irish band’s 30th anniversary trek for “The Joshua Tree” grossed $316 million with sales of 2.71 million tickets.

The Guns N’ Roses reunion tour with Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan sold 2.68 million tickets over 81 dates for a gross of $292.5 million.

Coldplay ($238 million) and Bruno Mars ($200.1 million) were third and fourth, respectively, with Metallica rounding out the Top 5 at $152.8 million earned based on sales of 1.56 million tickets.

Other rockers to appear in the Top 20 include Paul McCartney at No. 7 ($132 million), The Rolling Stones at No. 9 ($120 million), Roger Waters at No. 13 ($92.1 million), Bruce Springsteen at No. 14 ($87.8 million) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at No. 19 ($73.5 million).

Check out the full Top 20 list at

Beyond “The Joshua Tree” trek, U2 released their fourteenth album, “Songs Of Experience”, earlier this month; the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 to earn the group their eighth US chart-topper and first since 2009’s “No Line On The Horizon.”

Following recent performances on Saturday Night Live and the BBC, U2 will begin a 2018 North American tour on May 2 in Tulsa, OK.

See also:

VIDEO: U2 perform live at Abbey Road Studios for the BBC
U2 debut atop US charts with Songs Of Experience
VIDEO: U2 launch Songs Of Experience on Saturday Night Live
U2 to perform on Saturday Night Live
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