Coldplay & Guns N’ Roses join Top 10 of Billboard’s Highest-Grossing Tours of all time
In the 2017 chart of Highest-Grossing Concert Tours in Billboard Boxscore history there are two new entries. We’re talking about Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses.
As Billboard remarks, Coldplay jumped to No. 3 overall with a gross of $523 million from its A Head Full of Dreams Tour that wrapped in November after a run that stretched over a year and a half. A total of 5.4 million tickets were sold during the five-continent trek that launched at the end of March 2016.
Staged primarily in stadiums worldwide, the jaunt included 114 sold out performances in 83 venues, 13 of which topped $10 million in sales from multiple show runs. Pretty good, isn’it?
Guns N’ Roses follows at No. 4 on the all-time tour list with their Not In This Lifetime… Tour based on a $475 million overall gross from 123 headlining performances on its own five-continent trek that is still ongoing, since additional shows are booked later this year. With the end of the band’s 2017 touring schedule in November, more than 4.3 million tickets had been sold.
Check below the list of the top 10 tours of all time, based on Billboard’s Boxscore archives from 1990 through Jan. 17, 2018:
Rank. Artist / Tour / Years / Gross
1. U2 / 360° Tour / 2009-2011 / $736 million
2. The Rolling Stones / A Bigger Bang / 2005-2007 / $558 million
3. Coldplay / A Head Full of Dreams Tour / 2016-2017 / $523 million
4. Guns N’ Roses / Not In This Lifetime… Tour / 2016-ongoing / $475 million
5. Roger Waters / The Wall Live / 2010-2013 / $459 million
6. AC/DC / Black Ice Tour / 2008-2010 / $441 million
7. Madonna / Sticky & Sweet Tour / 2008-2009 / $408 million
8. U2 / Vertigo Tour / 2005-2006 / $389 million
9. The Police / Reunion Tour / 2007-2008 / $362 million
10. Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour / 2011-2014 / $360 million