Five Highest-Grossing Tours in History

Concert tours have always been one of the most popular fun outings for teens and adults alike. These tours, spanning several months to years, are usually embarked by famous music artists such as Bruce Springsteen, U2, Bon Jovi etc. Attended by tens and thousands of people, these tours bring in a lot of revenue for the organizers and the artists. Let’s revisit the top five grossing tours in history and what made them so famous so they can spend their time on forex trading instead.

1) Ed Sheeran “÷ Tour” (2017-2019) – 255 shows

Amount Grossed: $776.2 million

Attendance: 8,796,567

The “÷” (Divide) tour by Ed Sheeran is the highest-grossing so far. The artist kicked off the tour to support his third album “÷”. It began on March 16th, 2017, and ended on August 26th, 2019 Despite the relatively smaller venues and lower ticket prices with no VIP sections, Sheeran’s “÷” topped U2’s number one spot for the highest-grossing tour.

2) U2 “‘360° Tour” (2009-2011) – 110 shows

Amount Grossed: $736.4 million

Attendance: 7,272,046

The 360° Tour by the world-renowned Dublin artist U2, was kicked off in support of the band’s 2009 album “No Line on the Horizon”. The tour was sponsored by Blackberry. The concerts had a round stage where the artist was surrounded by the audience in a circular fashion. To incorporate this, U2’s set designers built the largest stage ever constructed featuring a massive structure called “The Claw”. 

3) Guns N’ Roses “Not In This Lifetime … Tour” (2016-2019) – 175 shows

Amount Grossed: $584.2 million

Attendance: 5,371,891

The tour name ‘Not In This Lifetime Tour’ was a reference to Guns N’ Roses reuniting for the concert. After the group was split, frontman  Axl Rose responded in an interview in 2012 that “they won’t be reuniting in this lifetime”. The group headlined in the 2016 Coachella with the original members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan. The band continued to use their core set as part of this tour, consisting of their greatest hits like “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child’O Mine”.

4) The Rolling Stones “A Bigger Bang Tour” (2005-2007) – 144 shows

Amount Grossed $558.3 million

Attendance: 4,680,000

“A Bigger Bang” was the highest-grossing tour of all time until U2 took over its spot. The tour’s official logo was the Rolling Stones tongue exploding in various colors. . Following the tour’s core concept, the concerts featured modern computer graphics depicting the Big Bang. The setlist was shuffled every concert but featured some of the main numbers every time, including “Paint It Black”, “Start Me Up” and “You Got Me Rocking”. 

5) Coldplay “A Head Full of Dreams Tour” (2016-2017) – 122 shows

Amount Grossed $523 million

Attendance: 5,389,586

Coldplay’s seventh concert tour was launched following their namesake seventh album ‘A Head Full of Dreams’. Some of the interesting features of the tour were laser lights, pyrotechnic visuals, and Xylobands. Another feature of this tour was that Coldplay played a “Fan Dedication Song” that was requested by his fans on the band’s official Instagram account.