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Old 04-23-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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Biggest grossing tours of all time

Does anyone have a list of the top 10 Biggest grossing tours of all time ?

Got to do a assignment at college on any subject in music so i decided to do it on tours .


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Can Sting be listed as a source for an academic paper?
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I'm sure the top three are

Voodoo Lounge 1994
The Division Bell 1994
Popmart 1997

or at least I read it a while back, a quick search should give you the info you need
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I think I read somewhere that the Bigger Bang tour was the highest grossing ever. No surprise if you look at the ticket prices.
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Shortly after the Elevation Tour ended, I heard/read numerous times that it was the second highest grossing tour in history, after that Stones tour from the mid-90s.
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Elevation? no

1. Bridges to babylon +/- 380 mil.
2. A bigger bang +/- 350 mil.
3. Vertigo tour +/- 330 mil.
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http://forum.interference.com/showth...1&pagenumber=9

Here;s a link for a thread in Peeling of those dollar bills
Lots of information about the gross of tours from u2, stones etc.
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i was doing a wilkepedia search and the backstreet boys and their black and blue tour grossed $370 million :O , surely this cant be right can it :S
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The ‘Tour Director’ for the Vertigo Tour is the same guy who has had that position for something like 7 out of the top 10 grossing tours of all time. Canadian bloke, I forget his name. If you were at the dress rehearsal he was the guy putting bands on your wrists, and who had the job of announcing the lottery on opening day.
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I am utterly shocked that STING2 has not found this thread yet.

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Re: Biggest grossing tours of all time

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Does anyone have a list of the top 10 Biggest grossing tours of all time ?

Got to do a assignment at college on any subject in music so i decided to do it on tours .


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When you say top 10 Biggest grossing tours of all time, do you mean worldwide or just in North America?

A top 10 list for North America is available. The question is do you want a list that shows the top 10 tours regardless of what year the shows take place in, or simply the top 10 in any given Calendar year. In the second option, some tours have their dates falling half in one year and half in the next, and there for would not place very high in either year and may not make a top 10 of all time. Pollstar uses that formula, but I think its obviously inaccurate since a tour that Grossed $100 million dollars with half of its shows in one year and the half in the other would not be able to make a top 10 list where the Grosses are well in excess of $50 million dollars.

In any event, using that second formula that Pollstar uses for North America, here are the top 10 tours in North America of all time:

1. The Rolling Stones "A Bigger Bang Tour" $162 million 2005
2. U2 "Vertigo Tour" $138.9 million 2005
3. The Rolling Stones "Voodoo Loung Tour" $121.2 million 1994
4. Bruce Springsteen "The Rising Tour" $115.9 million 2003
5. U2 "Elevation Tour" $109.7 million 2001
6. Pink Floyd "Division Bell tour" $103.5 million 1994
7. Paul McCartney $103.3 million 2002
8. The Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels Tour" $98 million 1989
9. The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Babylon Tour" $89.3 million 1997
10. The Rolling Stones "Licks Tour" $87.9 million 2002

The problem with the above top 10, is that it does not cover the entire Bridges To Babylon Tour in North America. That tour continued into 1998, but its 1998 figures are not included for the tour total, because they fall in 1998 and not 1997. Thats the problem with the Pollstar formula. The Bridges To Babylon tour 1997-1998 actually did $120 million dollars in North America over those two years. Figures for "A Bigger Bang", and "The Rising Tour", also have Gross figures left off because of this formula.

A list that includes the full tour total for North America regardless of how many years it falls in can be constructed, but it will take a little research. Such a list though would be much more accurate since it would count every show from the first one to the last one, regardless of what year the show took place.

Pollstar gets its figures from Amusement Business. Amusement Business has been tracking the concert industry in North America since 1977. In 1995, Amusement Business started to track the concert industry worldwide.


If your looking for a top 10 list worldwide, this may involve many estimates since the data is harder to get and there is only precise data from 1995 onward for shows outside North America. Tours prior to that would simply be estimates with the exception of North America.

Off the top of my head, I know of these top international concert grosses for these tours:

1. Rolling Stones "A Bigger Bang Tour" 2005-2006 Should be the highest Grossing tour of all time by the time it finishes in August 2006. Projected Gross is slightly above $400 million.

2. U2 "Vertigo Tour" 2005-2006 Prior to the postponement of the tour, the GROSS was $333,206,884. 10 shows remain, all in stadiums and should push the final GROSS to around $380 million dollars.

3. Rolling Stones "Bridges To Babylon/No Security Tour" 1997/1998/1999 $339 million GROSS.

4. Rolling Stones "Voodoo Lounge Tour " 1994-1995 $319 million GROSS.

5. Rolling Stones "Licks Tour" 2002-2003 $300 million GROSS.


At #6 is likely Bruce Springsteens "Rising Tour" which did about $157.3 million in the USA, and probably another $75 million outside of North America for a total of around $230 million worldwide. This could be a little higher or lower, and would require a look up of the European Boxscores from 2003 to get a confirmed total.

At #7 is likely the Eagles "Hell Freezes Over Tour" which started in 1994 and went through the end of 1996. The tour Grossed $140 million dollars just from its North American dates in 1994 and 1995. It then did another $20 million in North America in 1996. Shows outside North America were smaller in number, but with a total North American Gross of $160 million from nearly 3 years of touring, its likely that the global total is around $200 million.

The next 3 tours are close in GROSS, but I only have exact figures for one, which is POPMART, so I'll put it first.

8. U2 "POPMART" 1997-1998 $171,677,024 GROSS

9. Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels Tour" 1989-1990 close to $170 million. There are no precise figures for this tours dates OUTSIDE North America since this tour is prior to 1995 when Amusement Business started to track such data. Because of that, this figure will always be an estimate of some sort.

10. Pink Floyd "Division Bell Tour" 1994 close to $170 million. This tour is in the same boat as the Steel Wheels tour because its international figures took place prior to 1995 and were not recorded by Amusement Business.


The farwell tours by Tina Tour and Cher were both large extensive multi-year tours that might be competitive enough for the top 10. I don't have the international figures, but in North America, Tina Turner did $80.2 million. She likely did as much if not more outside North America. Cher's 2002-2003 North American total was a massive $141.8 million.



Remember that when dealing with the highest Grossing Tour, recent tours will usually place higher, simply because of increasing ticket prices. The highest grossing tour in history is not necessarily the highest attended tour in history. The highest attended global tour in history where exact figures are available for both its North American and international shows is the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge tour, with a total attendance for 6.4 million.

But if your just after tour Grosses, a precise list for North America is easy to gather. If your looking for a Global list, you'll have to accept that several of the figures will be estimates.
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i was doing a wilkepedia search and the backstreet boys and their black and blue tour grossed $370 million :O , surely this cant be right can it :S
Backstreet Boys did $82.1 million for that tour in 2001 in North America. There were a total of 86 shows that year in North America. I don't have figures outside North America for that tour, but it would be less than the North American total.
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The ‘Tour Director’ for the Vertigo Tour is the same guy who has had that position for something like 7 out of the top 10 grossing tours of all time. Canadian bloke, I forget his name. If you were at the dress rehearsal he was the guy putting bands on your wrists, and who had the job of announcing the lottery on opening day.
I think that might be Arthur Fogel.
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