And the Top-Grossing Artist of 2017 Is…

…U2.

No real surprise there, given the huge crowds they attracted to their Joshua Tree 30 tour, which included a multi-night stand in Brazil that attracted somewhere around 300,000 people.

Over 50 shows in 30 cities, U2 sold 2.71 million tickets and grossed about $316 million USD, according to Pollstar.

In second spot is Guns ‘N Roses with $295.5 million USD as the result of selling 2.68 million tickets.

Coldplay finished in third spot ($238 million), followed by Bruno Mars ($200.1 million) and Metallica ($158.2 million).

Here’s the full list.

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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