Guess Who Made the Most Concert Money This Year?
Bon Jovi—and not just in North America
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2010 8:32 AM CST
Jon Bon Jovi performs on the NBC "Today" television program in New York Friday, Nov. 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Yep, it’s definitely time to give Bon Jovi some respect: The band boasts the highest grossing concert tour of the year—worldwide. Pollstar ranks the top five touring acts of 2010, via the Los Angeles Times :

  1. Bon Jovi: $201.1 million.
  2. AC/DC: $177 million.
  3. U2: $160.9 million.
  4. Lady Gaga: $133.6 million.
  5. Metallica: $110.1 million.

Ticket sales dropped 12% in North America this year, but when it came to total ticket sales, Bon Jovi still had reason to celebrate:

  1. Dave Matthews Band: 1.27 million.
  2. Bon Jovi: 1.18 million.
  3. Justin Bieber: 987,000.
  4. John Mayer: 894,000.
  5. Brad Paisley: 880,000.

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Ivan
Dec 29, 2010 12:12 PM CST
Metallica? Really?! I'm sorry, I love Metallica but I will never see them live because of Napster. They need to do some pr repair.
flin1
Dec 29, 2010 10:26 AM CST
Those North American numbers seems kinda small. A mill U.S. ain't what it used to be.
HMunster
Dec 29, 2010 10:19 AM CST
It's interesting to note that 4 of the top 5 money-making concert tours of the year were by bands formed in the 70s and 80s... Lots of money to be made with "Oldies" bands...