U2: Top Tour of the Year

Pollstar, the touring industry publication, has published the Top 20 tours of the year and U2's 30th anniversary outing of The Joshua Tree tops the list. The tour grossed $316-million from 2.71-million tickets sold.

Guns n' Roses and the second year of their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour was second with $292.5-million grossed and 2.68-million tickets sold.

Coldplay was third with $238 million grossed followed by Bruno Mars at four with a gross of $200.1-million and Metallica rounds out the Top 5 with a gross of $152.8-million.

Pollstar Top 20 tours of 2017:

  1. U2 - 316-million
  2. Guns n' Roses - $292.5-million
  3. Coldplay - 238-million
  4. Bruno Mars - $200.1-million
  5. Metallica - $152.8-million
  6. Depeche Mode - $141.1-million
  7. Paul McCartney - $132-million
  8. Ed Sheeran - $124.1-million
  9. The Rolling Stones - 120-million
  10. Garth Brooks - $101.4-million
  11. Celine Dion - $101.2-million
  12. Justin Bieber - $93.7-million
  13. Roger Waters - $92.1-million
  14. Bruce Springsteen - $87.8-million
  15. Lady Gaga - $85.7-million
  16. Billy Joel - $82.3-million
  17. The Weekend - $80-million
  18. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - $79.3-million
  19. Red Hot Chili Peppers - $73.5-million
  20. Ariana Grande - $66.5-million

Some interesting side notes -- The Rolling Stones take of $120-million was from just 14 shows. And Bruce Springsteen's gross of $87.8-million is from 60 shows on his Springsteen on Broadway residency, where the nightly capacity of the Walter Kerr Theatre is 975. The average ticket price is $1,500.

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