U2 and Stones named the biggest touring bands this decade!

News 27/11/2019

Rock bands U2 and the Rolling Stones have been named the biggest grossing touring bands of '10 decade.

U2 is also the only band in the world to have topped USD 1 billion in income from touring around the world.

Pollstar has released a Top 15 List with Bon JoviPaul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen among the list. You can see the full list below.

The report notes, "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."

"With average ticket prices that have risen 38% since 2010, and an average gross per show showing an 87% climb over the past ten 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 USD 1.038 billion grossed and 9,300,500 tickets sold on 255 shows." The report also adds that the band's ongoing tour might contribute another 600,000 sales to the current total.

U2 at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland in November 2019

"After U2's record-breaking 360 Tour of 2009-11, which until very recently reigned as the largest tour ever with more than USD 735 million grossed, the band and its team was already looking forward but had a massive task on its hands: figuring out what to do next."

Pollstar’s Top Touring Artists of the Decade (In NZD)

  1. U2 – $1,615,456,126.05
  2. Rolling Stones – $1,445,977,776.52
  3. Ed Sheeran – $1,435,342,325.49
  4. Taylor Swift – $1,399,963,627.02
  5. Beyonce – $1,334,260,639.30
  6. Bon Jovi – $1,301,979,290.56
  7. Paul McCartney – $1,266,420,995.65
  8. Coldplay – $1,138,806,588.49
  9. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – $1,135,669,718.51
  10. Roger Waters – $1,092,784,444.99
  11. Elton John – $1,051,787,331.98
  12. Metallica – $1,030,033,581.49
  13. Guns N’ Roses – $1,008,567,056.12
  14. Eagles – $980,484,549.19
  15. One Direction – $977,645,881.48
  16. Pink – $974,196,810.01
  17. Jay-Z – $952,116,598.94
  18. Kenny Chesney – $947,225,203.69
  19. Justin Bieber – $862,469,719.59
  20. Bruno Mars – $849,018,092.03