Top 5 highest earning tours of all time…

Posted by on April 13th, 2016 11:41 am

Stage is seen from a tribune during the show of the Irish pop band U2 on their Tour 360 in Zagreb, Croatia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

We’re spreading the love for live music as we countdown the top 5 highest grossing music tours of all time! Find out who made the list and tell us your gig stories for a chance to win… want to spread the word – nothing beats live music. <<Click here to find out how you get involved >>

1. U2 – 360⁰ Tour (2009-11)


Launched in support of 2009 album No Line on the Horizon, the tour was named after it’s stage configuration that allowed the audience to almost completely surround the stage. Every date of the tour sold out, many within minutes of the tickets going on sale!!

2. The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang Tour (2005-07)


As well as second place in the highest grossing tour of all time, A Bigger Bang Tour also wins number one spot for outstanding scale of tour! In February, 2006 the Stones held a beach concert in Rio De Janeiro where 2 million people attended!!

3. Roger Waters – The Wall Live (2010-13)


This worldwide concert tour by roger Waters (formerly of Pink Floyd), was the first time the wall was performed in its entirety since 1990. It was estimated to have cost £37million to stage.

4. AC/DC – Black Ice World Tour (2008-10)


This was AC/DC’s final tour with founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who left the band in 2014 due to ill health. The hugely successful tour supported the Australian rock band’s 15th studio album!

5. Madonna – Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-09)


To promote her 11th album, Hard Candy the Sticky & Sweet tour was described as a ‘rock driven dancetastic journey.’ With four acts; Pimp, Old School, Gypsy and Rave it was an epic concert featuring costumes designed by Arianne Phillips and a number of other famous designer and brands.


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*Prices adjusted for inflation