Veteran male rock’n’roll acts had biggest 2017 world tours

Irish group U2 receive an award at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards at Wembley Arena in London.
Irish group U2 receive an award at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards at Wembley Arena in London, Britain, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

December 29, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran, white male rock stars raked in the most cash from world tours in 2017, according to an annual list released on Thursday, while the highest-ranked women – Celine Dion and Lady Gaga – failed to make the top 10.

Irish band U2 grossed a leading $316 million from its 30th anniversary, 50-date “Joshua Tree” tour. It was followed by hard rock band Guns N’ Roses which took in $292.5 million, according to trade publication Pollstar’s ranking of the Top 20 worldwide tours of 2017.

British band Coldplay came in third, with $238 million, on a list where Bruno Mars, 32, of Puerto Rican and Philippine descent, was the only musician of color in the top ten. Mars grossed $200 million. Ed Sheeran, 26, was the youngest singer in the top ten, pulling in $124.1 million.

At a whopping $1,500 average, Bruce Springsteen’s limited Broadway run had the highest ticket prices and grossed $87.8 million to give the “Born to Run” singer 14th place.

In 11th place, Dion was the top female act with $101.2 million, while Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” tour grossed $85.7 million for 15th place.

The touring numbers mark a strong contrast with U.S. music sales and streaming preferences, where hip hop and R&B music this year became the most consumed music genre, according to a July Nielsen Music report.

The top 20 tours grossed $2.66 billion in 2017, a record high and an increase of more than $264 million from 2016, Pollstar said.

Pollstar’s ranking is based on ticket sales data and does not include revenue from merchandise which can add a sizable chunk to tour earnings.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Andrew Hay)

  • Mark Hartig

    “People, what have you done? Locked Him in His golden cage!”

  • Mark Hartig

    Let’s not forget Jethro Tull!!
    “Thinking Man’s” progressive rock!!

  • Vol Williams

    That’s because everything is produced in studios now with synthesizers and no real instruments. Most of the “Artists” today can’t play any instrument at all. Not conducive to stage tours like the big rock bands.

  • BigDuck

    I agree totally, what does white or male have to do with it? Talk about feeding the racists parade nice job!

  • tedlv

    When I was working in Chattanooga, I frequented a nearby restaurant and bar. They played modern pop music, I think. It was all backward cymbals, fake drums, buzzers, and autotunes.

    I have studied music, played in rock bands and have owned a studio. What I hear these days lacks creativity, and generally sounds terrible (there are exceptions, the cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence by Disturbed is amazing).

    My old man said the same about rock.

  • Kevin Droopy McKee

    Sex, race, dogging out white males who just happen to drive most of the US economy, this crap reporting hits all the favorite lib talking points! Where did you dig this liberal trash article up OAN?!?

  • MikkiDean

    I guess white men CAN dance after all!

  • semperfipar

    Maybe those bands are just good performers that make good music that moves people. That is what used to sell albums. I guess Bruce only made the list because of the cost of his ticket price.

  • AtomicFury

    U2 is popular because of a few decent songs and Bono’s political activism. I don’t listen to the rest of the acts on this feminist propaganda b***h session.

  • Zoey

    Trump-hating bozo.

  • Varangian Guard

    No one loves U2 more than U2……Bono has mirrored sunglasses with the reflective on the inside of the lenses so he can look longingly into his own eyes…

  • Disgusted by the Misleadia

    $1,500 per ticket to see Bruce Springsteen?

    His fans have more money than sense.

    • Mark Hartig

      I’ve never seen or undestood the appeal of this guy.

  • Griffin

    RIP Petty, Allman, Bowie. HOLY CATZ…. No competition.

    • Teagen2015

      Skynard is competition for the Allman Brothers who sort of dawdled after Duane died. Just my thoughts. Skynard just lit it up for two nights Jacksonville, Fla, last year.

  • anotherday

    Good old rock and roll is what people apparently want to see.

  • Wolfman (kafir harbi)

    “People of color”. Ha ha ha. What a BS line.

    • Teagen2015

      Actually. People of color are white. White is composed of all colors combined. Black is really an absence of color. Taaa daaa.

  • Bamf

    “Reporting by Jill Serjeant”


  • R Honaker

    What the heck does being white have anything to do with this

    • Deny

      I was thinking the EXACT same thing.

    • Bamf

      Or male.

    • Allan Quatermain


  • Chuck 97B

    What the hell does “color” have to do with it!?!?! Who the hell cares? I saw groups like Steppenwolf in the late 60s for $4.50. Led Zeppelin in 1969 for $7.00. The Who in 1970 for $6.00 – the point? Ticket prices are ridiculous these days.

    • Nick DiPalo

      First thing I thought of, Chuck. Why does everything have to be about race?!!

    • Ricky Ricky

      The Music awards are also given as “Top male”, “Top Female” etc. I do not see any issue with the article in any manner as it related to the same standard given by the music industry itself.

      • Vol Williams

        The Music awards are not given as “Top Black Male”, “Top White Female”. That is the point, which you apparrently missed!

        • Ricky Ricky

          I guess I missed that point upon seeing the winner of “Top Male/Female”?? Nope.

    • the ruthless terrier

      pretty sure i paid 3.50 to see Jimi Hendrix in 1967. now we have washed up groups like Lynyrd Skynyrd asking 100.00 for a ticket. no thanks.

  • Griffin

    Too bad all the really great bands are dying out.

    • Deny

      My concert days are over, more Keith Emerson…no more Greg Lake…No more Emerson Lake & Palmer.

      • Wolfman (kafir harbi)

        Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends……

      • Griffin

        I got to see Tull, Bob Seger, Zeppelin, Foghat, War, Commodores and Tina Turner, almost ACDC. I say almost cause my husband bailed. That was the day we got old. He still regrets it.

        • Wolfman (kafir harbi)

          We also saw Jethro Tull. Doobie Bros, J Geils, ELP, Robin Trower, Linda Ronstadt in her boy scout uniform. Best band I saw live was Pink Floyd. Great memories.

          • Teagen2015

            Lucky you. Floyd was extraordinary. And not to forget the Moody Blues. Skynard is still alive and playing.

  • Griffin

    I’ll take Aerosmith or Zeppelin over these guys any day.

    • Wolfman (kafir harbi)

      Clapton is God!

      • Teagen2015

        I agree. I was lucky enough to see Blind Faith and Cream t the Oakland Colosium.

        • the ruthless terrier

          then you saw the best of the best.

  • Buster

    Does this article seem kind of sexist? Why can’t they just come out and say Celine Dion made more than Springsteen? They had to group it by sex. I like sprinsteen’s music better than Dion’s, but he is kind of a commie bastard.