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Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, ‘Vans Warped Tour’, Tool And More Rank On Pollstar’s New Charts Tracking The Box Office & Tickets Sold Of The ‘Top Touring Artists’ Of The Past 40 Years


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Live event trade publication Pollstar are celebrating their 40th anniversary by publishing several new charts, including a pair that aim to establish the 150 ‘Top Touring Artists’ based on data Pollstar have collected from box office reports since 1980. Utilizing said data, they have put out two variants of the ‘Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era’ chart, which despite its name, also finds a few festival tours included.

The data was presented in two separate charts sorted by box office gross and tickets sold. When it came to the top 3 of ‘Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Boxoffice Grosses’ chart, The Rolling Stones stood supreme with a gross of $2,165,280,638 from 22,137,799 tickets sold. U2 and Elton John rounded out the top 3. However, when it came to the most tickets sold, U2 topped the list with 26,178,043 tickets sold.

Various metal and hard rock acts also placed on the lists, including thrash metal legends Metallica, who cracked it the top ten at #9, just ahead of Paul McCartney.

Highlights from the ‘Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Boxoffice Grosses’ & ‘Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Tickets Sold’ charts can be found below. You can find the full charts and more on how the data was tabulated over at pollstar.com.

‘Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Boxoffice Grosses’:

  • #09 Metallica ($1,219,599,179 Box)
  • #23 Guns N’ Roses ($751,306,152)
  • #27 AC/DC ($668,427,967)
  • #31 Aerosmith ($603,229,413)
  • #41 KISS ($532,363,017)
  • #42 Def Leppard ($514,231,844)
  • #44 Iron Maiden ($475,817,777)
  • #51 Muse ($413,911,387)
  • #55 Foo Fighters ($397,110,491)
  • #57 Red Hot Chili Peppers ($391,478,473)
  • #63 Mötley Crüe ($367,345,912)
  • #65 Pearl Jam ($351,816,504)
  • #73 Rush ($341,767,928)
  • #89 ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ ($296,571,532)
  • #91 Van Halen ($295,611,828)
  • #96 Nickelback ($282,043,003)
  • #97 ZZ Top ($278,705,470)
  • #99 Scorpions ($271,865,172)
  • #100 Tool ($269,044,896)
  • #113 Queen + Adam Lambert ($225,209,819)
  • #119 Green Day ($204,959,692)
  • #132 Ozzy Osbourne ($186,754,231)
  • #133 Kid Rock ($186,416,121)
  • #143 ‘Ozzfest‘ ($174,320,095)

‘Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Tickets Sold’:

  • #06 Metallica (19,468,173 tickets sold)
  • #13 Aerosmith (13,336,974 tickets sold)
  • #22 AC/DC (11,512,424 tickets sold)
  • #23 Def Leppard (11,321,650 tickets sold)
  • #27 ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ (10,524,715 tickets sold)
  • #30 KISS (9,867,419 tickets sold)
  • #35 Iron Maiden (9,187,132 tickets sold)
  • #36 ZZ Top (9,104,788 tickets sold)
  • #42 Mötley Crüe (8,748,806 tickets sold)
  • #43 Rush (8,593,428 tickets sold)
  • #44 Guns N’ Roses (8,470,755 tickets sold)
  • #53 Van Halen (7,483,253 tickets sold)
  • #63 Pearl Jam (7,006,815 tickets sold)
  • #66 Red Hot Chili Peppers (6,846,945 tickets sold)
  • #78 Muse (6,124,001 tickets sold)
  • #80 Ozzy Osbourne (6,006,522 tickets sold)
  • #83 Scorpions (5,864,625 tickets sold)
  • #84 Foo Fighters (5,815,511 tickets sold)
  • #88 Pink Floyd (5,662,178 tickets sold)
  • #89 Nickelback (5,605,065 tickets sold)
  • #104 Kid Rock (4,782,884 tickets sold)
  • #105 Green Day (4,764,387 tickets sold)
  • #109 Tool (4,483,293 tickets sold)
  • #118 Poison (3,911,113 tickets sold)
  • #120 ‘Ozzfest‘ (3,802,261 tickets sold)
  • #134 311 (3,482,392 tickets sold)
  • #142 Mötley Crüe (3,303,463 tickets sold)
  • #149 Linkin Park (3,211,166 tickets sold)

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