Rock artists U2, Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay and Metallica took four of the five top slots on Pollstar‘s list of the top 20 worldwide tours of 2017, with pop artist Bruno Mars taking the remaining one.
U2 topped the list, with its Joshua Tree 30th anniversary trek selling 2.71 million tickets for a total gross of $316 million. Guns N’ Roses was Number Two with $292 million and 2.68 million tickets purchased for its “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour, while Coldplay landed in the third spot with 2.5 million tickets sold and $238 million raked in. Metallica’s “WorldWired” trek was the fifth-highest grossing tour, with 1.5 million tickets sold and $153 million earned.
Other rock acts that ended up in the Top 10 for the year included Depeche Mode at Number Six, Paul McCartney at Number Seven and the Rolling Stones at Number Nine, while the rest of the Top 20’s rock contingent included Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and Red Hot Chili Peppers.