U2 and Rolling Stones Are Named Decade’s Highest-Grossing Touring Bands

U2 and Rolling Stones Are Named Decade’s Highest-Grossing Touring Bands

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U2 and the Rolling Stones were named the highest-grossing touring bands of the past ten years.

Pollstar’s Top 15 named the two at the top of the list, with U2 the only one to top $1 billion. Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift followed below, while Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen also made the list.

“Capturing box-office data is daily fare for Pollstar, and since 2010 we have seen growth in practically every aspect of the live entertainment business,” the report said. “With average ticket prices that have risen 38 percent since 2010, and an average gross per show showing an 87 percent climb over the past 10 years, it is full steam ahead. … U2 stands alone as the only touring artist to eclipse $1 billion according to Pollstar’s box-office records, with $1.038 billion grossed and 9,300,500 tickets sold on 255 shows.”

View the full list below.

Pollstar’s Top Touring Artists of the Decade
1. U2 – $1,038,104,132
2. Rolling Stones – $929,196,083
3. Ed Sheeran – $922,361,663
4. Taylor Swift – $899,627,048
5. Beyonce – $857,405,819
6. Bon Jovi – $836,661,584
7. Paul McCartney – $813,811,559
8. Coldplay – $731,805,591
9. Bruce Springsteen – $729,789,815
10. Roger Waters – $702,231,419
11. Elton John – $675,886,369
12. Metallica – $661,907,247
13. Guns N’ Roses – $648,112,698
14. Eagles – $630,066,670
15. One Direction – $628,242,521

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