U2 didn’t even release an album in 2011, but that didn’t stop them from raking in plenty of cash.
The iconic Irish quartet topped Pollstar’s list of the year’s most profitable tours, as their massive 360 Tour moved an impressive 2.4 million tickets worldwide, grossing more than $230 million globally. Their North American dates — which were postponed (and subsequently rescheduled) last year as Bono recovered from back surgery — made $156 million, good enough to give them the highest-grossing tour on this continent, too.
Taylor Swift had 2011’s second most-profitable North American tour, as her expansive Speak Now jaunt racked up $97.7 million at the box office. Swift’s country contemporary Kenny Chesney came in at #3, bringing in nearly $85 million in ticket sales, followed by Lady Gaga, who, despite wrapping up the North American leg of her Monster Ball Tour in April, still managed to bring in $63.7 million at the box office. Bon Jovi rounds out Pollstar’s top five, grossing more than $57 million.
Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Throne tour ($48 million), Lil Wayne’s “I Am Still Music” trek ($44 million), Britney Spears ($38 million) and Katy Perry ($28 million) also made the Top 25 in North America.
British boy band Take That’s reunion tour came in second to U2’s 360 trek based on worldwide receipts, making $224 million. Bon Jovi grossed nearly $150 million worldwide, good enough for third, with tours by Swift ($104 million worldwide) and Roger Waters ($103 million) rounding out the top five.
Also making Pollstar’s worldwide list were Rihanna, the Foo Fighters, Justin Bieber, Usher and the Kings of Leon.
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