Top 10 Highest Grossing Tours of All Time

With U2 topping The Rolling Stones as the top touring act ever, where do the rest of the top-earners stack up?

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

 

With megastars U2 having claimed ownership of the throne for the highest grossing tour ever, it's time to take a walk back through the highest grossing tours of all time.

The ill-fated Spiderman musical on Broadway nonwithstanding, the Dublin rockers' career is as strong as it's ever been, regardless of American media's on-again, off-again romance with the band. Back in April of 2011, U2's second show at the Estadio Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil, saw their monstrous 360 tour break the previous record of $558 million set by the Rolling Stones.

This helped the group surpass $736 million in gross touring revenue by the end of the year, putting them over the top total. The band's manager Paul McGuinness said (from his hidden bunker made of hundred dollar bills) that achieving the record was, "something we're very proud of having set. And to set it with a further 20-plus shows to go on the tour is kind of mind-blowing. It means that it's a record that will probably never be outstripped."

To honor this absolute madness, and put things into an all-time historical perspective, we've dug through the trophy trenches and compiled a list of the Top 10 Grossing Tours of All Time below!

 

Top 10 Grossing Tours of All Time

 

Gross

Artist

Tour

Years

 

 

 

 

$558 million+

 

The Rolling Stones

 

A Bigger Bang Tour

 

2005-07

 

 

 

$441 million+

AC/DC

Black Ice World Tour

2008-10

 

 

 

$408 million+

Madonna

Sticky & Sweet Tour

2008-09

 

 

 

$400 million+

Celine Dion

A New Day…

2003-07

 

 

 

$389 million+

U2

Vertigo Tour

2005-06

 

 

 

$358 million+

The Police

The Police Reunion Tour

2007-08

 

 

 

$339 million+

The Rolling Stones

Bridges To Babylon

1997-99

 

 

 

$320 million+

The Rolling Stones

Voodoo Lounge Tour

1994-95

 

 

 

$311 million+

U2

U2 360 Tour

2009-10