The Rolling Stones, U2 among ‘Pollstar”s top touring artists of the last 42 years

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A variety of famous rock acts populate the top of Pollstar‘s new lists of the top touring artists by total box-office grosses and total ticket sales, based on information the concert-industry publication began collecting in 1980.

At #1 of top-grossing touring artists are The Rolling Stones, who have brought in a whopping $2.17 billion between July 7, 1980, and July 1, 2022.

Not far behind The Stones are U2, who landed in second place on the tally with $2.12 billion in concert grosses.

Other rock artists in the top 10 of the list are Elton John at #3 with $1.75 billion; Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at #4 with $1.53 billion; Bon Jovi at #7 with $1.33 billion; the Eagles at #8 with $1.31 billion; Metallica at #9 with $1.22 billion; and Paul McCartney at #10 with $1.19 billion.

A bit lower on the tally are Billy Joel at #11, Roger Waters at #18 and Rod Stewart at #19.

The top touring artists by ticket sales are U2, with 26.2 million sold. The Stones are at #3 with 22.1 million, with Springsteen & the E Street Band at #4 with 20.8 million, Elton at #5 with 19.8 million, Metallica at #6 with 19.5 million, Bon Jovi at #7 with 17.8 million, Joel at #8 with 17 million and The Grateful Dead rounding out the top 10 with 15.5 million.

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