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Highest Grossing Concert Tours

Try to name the musical acts with the highest-grossing concert tours of all-time.
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Last updated: December 22, 2019
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Years
Name
Artist
775 m
2017-19
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Ed Sheeran
736 m
2009-11
__ 360°
U2
563 m
2016-19
Not in This
Lifetime...
Guns N' Roses
558 m
2005-07
A Bigger Bang
The Rolling Stones
459 m
2010-13
The Wall
Roger Waters
441 m
2008-10
Black Ice
AC/DC
416 m
2017-19
No Filter
The Rolling Stones
415 m
2016-
WorldWired
Metallica
408 m
2008-09
Sticky & Sweet
Madonna
397 m
2018-19
Beautiful Trauma
Pink
389 m
2005-06
Vertigo
U2
376 m
2018-19
24K Magic
Bruno Mars
364 m
2017-18
_____ _____ with
Tricia Yearwood
Garth Brooks
362 m
2007-08
___ ______
Reunion
The Police
346 m
2018
Reputation
Taylor Swift
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Years
Name
Artist
356 m
2012-13
Wrecking Ball
Bruce Springsteen
320 m
1994-95
Voodoo Lounge
The Rolling Stones
316 m
2017
Joshua Tree 2017
U2
311 m
2002-03
Licks
The Rolling Stones
307 m
2016-17
The River 2016
Bruce Springsteen
305 m
2012
MDNA
Madonna
301 m
2014-
____ ____
in Concert
Billy Joel
290 m
2014
Where We Are
One Direction
279 m
2008-09
Taking Chances
Celine Dion
276 m
2013-15
Out There!
Paul McCartney
274 m
1997-98
Bridges to Babylon
The Rolling Stones
260 m
2013
Because We Can
Bon Jovi
257 m
2016-17
Purpose
Justin Bieber
256 m
2016
Formation
Beyoncé
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level 55
Aug 10, 2017
Refreshing and great to see some real musicians on here! The Boss, Stones, U2 and The Police amongst the best. Thought It would be full of modern day rubbish, yet apart from one appearance from One Direction there isn't. No Bieber or any hip hop rubbish. Brilliant!
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level 57
Aug 10, 2017
Don't be such a snob ;)
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level 45
Aug 10, 2017
🙌
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level 73
Aug 10, 2017
Kids these days!
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level 42
Aug 10, 2017
People in general take a particular liking to the music they grew up with.
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level 64
Aug 18, 2019
I don't, I was in the wrong era. Actually, any century would have been better for me haha. I hardly like anything after 1950. Unless it is pure music aswell, like a real artist that is amazing on a guitar. But things like that hardly show up on the radio.

I guess I don't like anything produced, maybe that is it. Just a person and his instrument, making music that is in their soul. then I like it.

I was at a festival yesterday and there was a little swing band/quartet. It sounded great. Then the speakers/amplifier (dont know the right term in english..sorry) went on, apparently they didnt work before, suddenly I didnt like it as much anymore, it sounded so fake. Like it was a recording.

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level ∞
Dec 6, 2019
Bad news @clivey. The Bieb is on the list now.
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level 61
Aug 10, 2017
Yes there are some real musicians here, but, and this is definitely an opinion, there are some truly poor musicians in this list as well. The Rolling Stones are all poor musicians (yes, all of them!). AC/DC makes some catchy tunes, but every song has basically the same drum beat and the same chord progressions. They (AC/DC) can play better than the Rolling Stones, but their music is rudimentary at best. Ask any cover band and they will tell you that AC/DC music can be learned in one practice session. Madonna can sort of sing, but she isn't much of a musician. One Direction is just a bunch of pretty boys who are told what to sing. Now, there are some that are great musicians that have made some great original music like Sting (The Police), the Eagles, U2, etc. Sorry if I've offended any fans here, but this is my opinion.
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level 62
Aug 10, 2017
The Eagles are terrible. They have great chops as session musicians, but their music is about as lame as rock music can get. Nobody cares whether Keith Richards is a "poor musician." He's a creative guitar player who has written licks that people will enjoy long after he's gone (if he is in fact mortal). You can find 1,000 guys in every city who can bust out a technically challenging guitar solo. It's a much more common skill than being able to *write* great music. Your approach to music seems very misguided.
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level 64
Aug 18, 2019
True writing something catchy is a skill aswell.

That is where I personally gets stuck in art, all forms (guitar, drawing, writing etc), I can reproduce quite difficult stuff, but when I have to start from scratch there is this big black hole I am staring in, too much possibilities and somehow the urge to not to want to be too simple (while that often produce great things) and I am completely blocked. Because the possibilities are too endless.

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level 77
Aug 11, 2017
I don't like any of them except for Pink Floyd. Not offended. For my money Paul McCartney is the worst.
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level 81
Jan 1, 2020
McCartney worse than One Direction? I don't think I would agree with that.
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level 77
Jan 1, 2020
At least you didn't put Garth Brooks at the bottom - I know you aren't a fan. His was the only one I recognized by name. I got many others just by guessing. I was hoping George Strait's "Cowboy Rides Away" tour would be on here - it broke lots of records at the time, (in 2014, I think.)
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level 77
Jan 1, 2020
yeah maybe I overstated that. and I am actually a fan of his work with the Beatles. Just don't think he's done anything worth listening to since then, and some of it was downright awful. Like that "Freedom" song that came out right after 9/11.
Not a fan of Garth Brooks, either, but I have actually liked a couple things he has done, too.
Anyway just my opinion so nobody actually cares.
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level 72
Aug 18, 2018
U2 is just Enya for 'tough' guys.
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level 76
Dec 6, 2019
I never thought in my lifetime I'd see anyone say U2 is for tough guys, even tough in quotes guys.
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level 58
Aug 10, 2017
i typed "Beyonce" and got nothing. what gives?
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level 68
Aug 10, 2017
You forgot the é. It definitely requires the acute accent otherwise her name rhymes with séance
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level ∞
Dec 6, 2019
Accent marks are never required on JetPunk.
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level 81
Aug 10, 2017
Maybe you already typed it without realizing it?
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level 77
Aug 11, 2017
Guessed Miley Cyrus for "Wrecking Ball." Did the real tour feature Springsteen swinging around naked on a chain?
First thing I thought of for 360 was Anderson Cooper.
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level 57
Aug 11, 2017
Before the internet ruined our lives; the real hardcore fans of bands would queue for tickets when their favourite bands would tour. I remember queueing for Pink Floyd tickets on their Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, sitting in the Queen St Mall for 10 hours waiting for the ticket office to open. Sadly it doesn't happen any more. The show was awesome, and nobody sucked on a sherbet before or during the show, because you don't need drugs to have a good time. At least, that's what the talking rabbit told me.
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level 62
Aug 18, 2017
That was true even in the early 2000s. I remember waiting in line for Green Day tickets overnight. Everyone was so excited, and then around midnight someone drove up with huge speakers mounted on the outside of his car, blasting their (then) new album. People went crazy. It was such a fun and uniting experience.
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level 48
Nov 15, 2017
First of all the guys in the Stones are definitely good musicians. As are the members of U2 and the Police; in my opinion Stewart Copeland is the best drummer of all time. Now, as to why these great acts are on this list multiple times also has to do with the incredibly high cost of tickets, which is insane now. And yes, I too remember waiting in line overnight for u2, the who, springsteen and others.
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level 72
May 3, 2019
Interesting quiz.
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level 70
May 28, 2019
Damn, I went to The Police Reunion tour and didn't get it.
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level 76
Dec 6, 2019
How on Earth do people who haven't sold a new song to anyone in 30, 40 years get to the top of the concert heap? Who wants to watch 70 and 80 year olds with long hair and goofy costumes do the same songs through a terrible P.A. for hundreds of dollars?
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level 66
Dec 6, 2019
Very well stated. However, it'd still be better than going to an Ed Sheeran concert. Good for him, though, closing in on a billion dollars. Insane.
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level 62
Jan 1, 2020
I go see live bands about ten times a month, and I have to agree with you. It's insane that people will pay $300 to sit a half-mile away from the ghost of Mick Jagger while he does a third-rate rendition of Brown Sugar. If you live in or near a city (which you probably do, if you're going to see one of these bands), you can find great live music for $10, no matter what you're looking for. Jazz, punk, originals, covers, whatever. You can drink cheaper beer and stand ten feet from the band, which will probably be working harder and taking the music more seriously than bands like the Stones do at this point. I've also grown very fond of tribute bands. They really go all-out. I saw a tribute of The Cure last week. They played all the big hits, nailed them, I stood three feet away, and it cost $10. To see the real thing would have cost $200 and I would have been up in the nosebleeds. You have to look at the jumbotron to see the band. It's just not worth the hassle.
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level 65
Jan 7, 2020
100% agree with this. The Ramones cover band I saw once was way more fun than the actual Ramones concert I went to (in the mid-90s, so they weren't even that ancient then).
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level 70
Dec 7, 2019
Now I understand why all those (too) old musicians start touring again...
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level 83
Dec 7, 2019
It's so good that Kanye lent some rep to that nobody-McCartney. See how high it got him on this list too!
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level 86
Dec 7, 2019
This comment section has a lot of "get out of my yard" energy.
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level 76
Dec 8, 2019
Yeah. It's hilarious. I don't care about most of the musicians of any genre or era, but everyone in the list does have undeniable talent. I personally can't stand people like Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and Elton John, but they are immensely gifted. Just because something about their final product annoys me doesn't mean I'm incapable of understanding that others do see their talent in a different light than I.
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level 76
Dec 9, 2019
Thanks for the quiz. Please accept 'Waters' as a type in for Roger Waters. Cheers.
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level 62
Dec 17, 2019
Shows how expensive some tickets are. Sometimes VIP packages cost as much as a full vacation.
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level 81
Dec 17, 2019
How can the same tour be going on for four years (ie. Metallica)? I guess technically if it is supporting the same album, but kinda lame. I guess when the band is in their 60s, they need to go home for months at a time before heading back out.
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level 62
Jan 1, 2020
Billy Joel's tour is an interesting one. He isn't really on tour in the sense people think of it. He plays Madison Square Garden in New York, his home city, once a month (and, remarkably, continues to sell it out after five years), then he flies to one other city every two weeks or so. He'll fly to Tulsa, play a gig, then go home for two weeks. Then he'll fly to Chicago, play a gig, and then go back home for two weeks. This has been going on five years.
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level 71
Dec 22, 2019
The One Direction tour was called Where We Are, not Where Are We.
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level ∞
Dec 22, 2019
Whoops. I like the other version better, though.
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level 77
Jan 1, 2020
would have saved them the trouble of remembering which city they were playing in when they addressed the crowd and said they were the best audience ever.
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level 77
Jan 1, 2020
"THANK YOU! WHEREVER THE HECK WE ARE!"
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level 27
Jan 1, 2020
You spelled Trisha Yearwood's first name wrong. Just as an fyi.
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level 36
Jan 2, 2020
Seems outdated. Where's Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams Tour, which grossed $523 m?
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level 30
Jan 7, 2020
I was about to post a comment mentioning this tour specifically! The list is quite inaccurate.
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