According to Pollstar, country artists Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney are in second and third place in the Top 25 tours of the year in North America. However, no act came close to the kind of numbers rock n’ roll band U2 produced. The Irish lads 360 degree tour grossed $156 million for 25 shows in 21 cities. Swift’s Speak Now tour grossed $97.7 million for 80 concerts in 59 cities and Chesney grossed $84.6 million for 55 performances in 55 cities. Keep an eye out for Kenny touring this summer with his buddy Tim McGraw. The North American Top 5 is rounded out by Lady Gaga ($63.7 million) and Bon Jovi ($57.1 million). Country singer Jason Aldean landed at No. 23 for a total of $28.3 million for 62 concerts and country guitar slinger Keith Urban is listed at No. 25 for 57 concerts that grossed a total of $27.3 million.
Around the world, U2 fans bought up 2,387,535 tickets in 2011 at an average price of $97.15 per. The stadium tour sold an average of 91,828 tickets per show for a final worldwide gross of $231.9 million! Globally, Take That’s reunion tour with former member Robbie Williams took in $224 million during 2011 to place the British vocal group in second place. Third place went to Bon Jovi with the New Jersey natives grossing $148.8 million during the year. Also achieving positions on Pollstar’s Top 5 Worldwide Tour chart are Taylor Swift ($104.2 million) and Roger Waters ($103.6 million). Rounding out the Top 10 worldwide, Elton John, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney, Sade, and Paul McCartney. Click here for the Top 25 worldwide.