And the Highest-Grossing Rock Tours of 2013 Were…

With music sales sucking ever-harder each month, artists have to hit the road more than ever.  And some of them did all right over the last twelve months.  Here’s what they grossed in 2013:

1.  Bon Jovi

His gross was $205 million over 90 shows.  Take that, Richie Sambora!

2.  Bruce Springsteen

The guy’s in his 60s but he still insists on putting on three hour shows–and it paid off with grosses of $147 million.

3. Rolling Stones

They pulled in $126 million from just 23 shows.  Yes, tickets were expensive.

4.  Taylor Swift

She played 66 sellout shows in front of 1.3 million people for a total gross of $115 million.

5.  Roger Waters

People still love their Floyd.  Waters raked in $81 million from 800,000 people over 27 shows.

6.  Paul McCartney

Macca played 21 shows in 2013, good for $69 million.

7.  Fleetwood Mac

Even though their tour was cut short because John McVie needs treatment for his cancer, they will made $62 million.

8.  Maroon 5

They made $54 million.  I hate Adam Levine even more now.  Does anyone really believe he gets his clothes at K-Mart?

9.  Dave Matthews Band

He’s always in the Top 10.  This year, the band played to 900,000 people who gave them $52 million.

10.  Iron Maiden

With 34 shows in 2013, the gross was $45 million.

More numbers at Gibson.com.

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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