Tina Turner, ‘NSYNC Had Year’s Top-Grossing Tours

Boy band sold more tickets than R&B diva but charged less; Dave Matthews Band, who didn't release new album, came in third.

The genre-spanning trio of Tina Turner, ‘NSYNC and Dave Matthews Band ruled North American concert venues this year, according to statistics released by the concert-industry trade publication Pollstar.
Turner’s tour — which was billed as her last — was the year’s top-grossing outing, earning $80.2 million. But ‘NSYNC were close behind, pulling in $76.4 million in their tour behind their record-breaking album No Strings Attached.
‘NSYNC sold more tickets than Turner did, but their ticket prices were lower, according to Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni.

“Tina Turner turning in the top tour was pretty remarkable, considering she didn’t have a huge record,” Bongiovanni said. Turner released the album Twenty Four Seven in December 1999.

Dave Matthews Band, who didn’t release a new album in 2000, earned $68.2 million on the road this year, followed by veteran rockers Kiss, who earned $62.7 million on their own alleged farewell tour.

Two country tours made the top 10: Husband-and-wife duo Tim McGraw/Faith Hill took the fifth spot with $48.8 million, while the Dixie Chicks pulled in $47.3 million for sixth place.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band earned $45.9 million on the second leg of their reunion tour, while another reunited group, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, earned $42.1 million.

Metallica were close behind, earning $42 million, while pop stars Britney Spears and Ricky Martin followed with $40.5 million and $37.2 million, respectively.

Coming off the success of 1999′s Californication, the Red Hot Chili Peppers came in next, earning $31.3 million on tour.

Cementing their newfound status as full-fledged arena-rockers, Creed earned $26.2 million, while the perennially on-the-road Santana got a huge boost from the comeback album Supernatural, raking in $26.1 million.

The Backstreet Boys earned $25.8 million on tour, and the “Up in Smoke” Tour, featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, dragged in $22.2 million, making it the year’s top-grossing hip-hop outing.

Jam-rockers Phish, who announced a hiatus this year, rounded out Pollstar‘s top 20, earning $21.4 million.

Some big names were edged out of the top 20. Rockers Pearl Jam landed at #28, with $15.9 million in revenue, while Christina Aguilera found herself at #33, earning $13.5 million.

Limp Bizkit, who mounted the Family Values Tour with Eminem and Papa Roach, earned $15.6 million on the road, coming in at #29.

Pollstar‘s Top 10 Tours of 2000:


  • 1. Tina Turner: $80.2 million
  • 2. ‘NSYNC: $76.4 million
  • 3. Dave Matthews Band: $68.2 million
  • 4. Kiss: $62.7 million
  • 5. Tim McGraw/Faith Hill: $48.8 million
  • 6. Dixie Chicks: $47.3 million
  • 7. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: $45.9 million
  • 8. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: $42.1 million
  • 9. Metallica: $42 million
  • 10. Britney Spears: $40.5 million