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U2 named highest tour earners of 2011


Story by Jack Foley

U2 have been named as the highest tour earners of 2011, according to figures released by Billboard Boxscore.

The band’s 360° show grossed $293 million (£186m) across 44 sold-out gigs with a total of 2,887,972 people attending.

Bon Jovi, who topped last year’s earnings poll, came second as 1,851,385 fans helped the veteran rockers to earn a further $192m (£122m) from 68 shows in 2011.

Incredibly, Take That only came third, even though the band’s summer stadium Progress gigs became the highest grossing tour in UK history.

A total of 1,851,385 fans saw Robbie Williams reunite with the group for concerts in Europe, grossing £117 million across 29 shows.

Roger Waters and Taylor Swift completed the top five highest grossing touring artists of the year, while also in the top 10 were Kenny Chesney (6), Usher (7), Lady Gaga (8), Andre Rieu (9) and Sade (10).

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Michael Buble and Britney Spears made the top 20, as did the cast of hit TV show Glee, who brought their live performance to the UK for the first time this summer. Read our review

Billboard’s rankings are based on tours which took place between November 1, 2010 and November 8, 2011.