Tuesday, January 03, 2006
The Top Grossing Tours for 2005
This yea's top touring earners (excluding the Rolling Stones), according to Billboard:
1. U2 ($260M) (a very cool show)
2. The Eagles ($117M)
3. Neil Diamond ($71M)
4. Kenny Chesney ($63M)
5. Sir Paul Mccartney ($60M)
6. Rod Stewart ($49M)
7. Elton John ($45.5M)
8. Dave Matthews Band ($45M)
9. Jimmy Buffett ($41M)
10. Green Day ($36.5M)
Its likely that once the Rolling Stones data gets released, everyone will bump sdown a notch (Billboard did not include sales for the Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang tour, as the groups' promoters do not release financial information before the entire tour has come to a close).
However, New Kerala reports that:
"The Rolling Stones' 2005 tour of North America has become the top-grossing US concert tour of all time, by selling 162 million dollars worth of tickets, and playing 42 performances in front of 1.2 million people."
The veteran rockers broke their own 1994 record that made 121.2 million dollars then, and were followed by U2's Vertigo tour, which came in second after raking in 138.9 million dollars, according to US trade publication Pollstar."
In the US, the Stones handily beat U2's $138.9 million by about 16.5%.
A good discussion on the year-in-touring can be found at Billboard.
U2's Vertigo Leads Year's Top Tours
December 13, 2005, 1:55 PM ET
Ray Waddell, Nashville
Rolling Stones' 2005 US tour top-grossing act ever
New Kerala, 31 Dec 2005
The Year In Touring
Dec. 24, 2005
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