Ed Sheeran is now officially the all-time concert box office champ

After 255 shows extending across two-and-a-half years, Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour has finally come to an end. And the numbers are shockingly big.

Sheeran sold 8.9 million tickets over this extended roadtrip, bringing in US$775.6 million, the highest total in the history of touring.

Definitely impressive, but it does come with an asterisk. The previous touring champion was U2 when they brought in US$735.2 million with the 360 Tour, which wrapped up in 2011. Over 110 shows, they sold 7.2 million tickets. Adjusting for inflation, however, the gross in today’s dollars is over $838 million, which compared to Sheeran’s total is, well, more. A lot more.

Pollstar has a new revised list of the top-grossing tours of all time.

  1. Ed Sheeran – Divide – 2017-2019 – $775.6m – 8.9 million tickets – 255s shows
  2. U2 – 360 – 2009-2011 – $735.3 – 7.2 – 110
  3. Guns N’ Roses – Not In This Lifetime… – 2016-ongoing – $561.1 – 5.1 – 145
  4. The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang – 2005-2007 – $558.2 – 4.6 – 144
  5. Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams – 2017-2017 – $523.0 – 5.3 – 114
  6. Roger Waters – The Wall Live – 2010-2013 – $460.2 – 4.1 – 220
  7. AC/DC – Black Ice – 2008-2010 – $441.9 – 4.9 – 165
  8. Madonna – Sticky & Sweet – 2008-2009 – $411.1 – 3.5 – 85
  9. U2 – Vertigo – 2005-2006 – $395.6 – 4.6 – 131
  10. Pink – Beautiful Trauma – 2018-ongoing – $380.3 – 3.0 – 154

Read more analysis at Pollstar.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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