Music Industry

These are the Biggest-Grossing Tours So Far in 2017

Pollstar, the site that follows the touring industry, has published its mid-year analysis of concert tours. Here the top-line facts. (All figures in US dollars)

  • Total grosses for the top 50 tours for 2017 so far: $1.97 billion, down from $1.98 billion last year.
  • Total tickets sold: 23.4 million, up from 22.6 million last year.
  • Average ticket price: $84.40, down from $91.71 last year.
  • The single biggest concert so far: Guns ‘N Roses in London: 139,000 tickets, grossing $17.3 million over two nights.

Top North American tours so far:

  • U2 ($118.1 million)
  • Metallica ($68.7 million)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers ($60.5 million)
  • Eric Church ($54.5 million)
  • Garth Brooks ($40.0 million)
  • Bon Jovi ($39.1 million)
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill ($36.3 million)
  • The Weeknd ($35.1 million)
  • Cirque du Soleil – “Kurios” ($31.2 million)
  • Dead & Company ($31.0 million)

Top worldwide tours so far:

  • Guns N’ Roses ($151.5 million)
  • U2 ($118.1 million)
  • Justin Bieber ($93.2 million)
  • Metallica ($88.0 million)
  • Depeche Mode ($68.2 million)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers ($60.5 million)
  • Adele ($59.0 million)
  • Ed Sheeran ($57.2 million)
  • Eric Church ($54.5 million)
  • Bruno Mars ($52.7 million)


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