The Rolling Stones, U2 ‘top live artists of the past 25 years’


Veteran acts such as The Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen dominate a list of the highest grossing tours of the last 25 years.

Figures released by Billboard put the Stones top during the period of 1990-2014, having amassed a fortune of $1,565,792,382 from the 538 live shows they have played during that period, performing to a total of over 19 million people.

U2, whose 360 world tour of 2009-2011 is the highest grossing of all time, are second on this list with a $1,514,979,793 fortune from 526 shows, while Bruce Springsteen is third.

Further back, Sir Paul McCartney is 13th on the list having played to an audience of more than 5 million people during the last quarter century, amassing $505,534,809 in the process. This year’s Glastonbury headliners, Metallica, are at #17.

Top 20 Live Artists (1990-2014):

1/ The Rolling Stones
2/ U2
3/ Bruce Springsteen
4/ Madonna
5/ Bon Jovi
6/ Elton John
7/ Dave Matthews Band
8/ Celine Dion
9/ Kenny Chesney
10/ The Eagles
11/ The Police/Sting
12/ Roger Waters
13/ Paul McCartney
14/ Billy Joel
15/ Rod Stewart
16/ Neil Diamond
17/ Metallica
18/ Aerosmith
19/ George Strait
20/ Jimmy Buffett

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