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The Top 10 Highest Grossing Tours of all time

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10. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball Tour, 2012-13

The Wrecking Ball World Tour was a concert tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to promote Springsteen’s seventeenth studio album, Wrecking Ball. The world-wide tour in support of the album, which ended in September 2013, reached 26 countries, the most ever for one of Springsteen’s tours. The tour grossed $314 million.

9. The Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge Tour, 1994-95

The Voodoo Lounge Tour was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones to promote their 1994 album Voodoo Lounge. This was their first tour without bassist Bill Wyman, who was replaced, though not officially, by Darryl Jones. The tour grossed $320 million, becoming the highest grossing tour of any artist at that time.

8. The Rolling Stones – Bridges to Babylon, 1997-99

The Bridges to Babylon Tour was the largest Rolling Stones tour at the time, exceeding the sales of their record-breaking 1994–1995 Voodoo Lounge Tour. It was believed 4,577,000 people attended the tour over the 108 shows: 2,020,000 in Europe, 2,009,000 in North America, 348,000 in Argentina and Brazil, and 200,000 in Japan. Bridges to Babylon Tour grossed $339 million.

7. The Police – The Police Reunion Tour, 2007-08

The Police Reunion Tour was a 2007–2008 worldwide concert tour by The Police, marking the 30th anniversary of their beginnings. The tour began in May 2007 to overwhelmingly positive reviews from fans and critics alike. At its conclusion, the tour grossed $358 million.

6. U2 – Vertigo Tour, 2005-06

The Vertigo Tour was a worldwide concert tour by the Irish rock band U2. Launched in support of the group’s 2004 album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the tour visited arenas and stadiums from 2005 through 2006. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, with 131 shows, for a total gross of $389 million.

5. Celine Dion. – A New Day…, 2003-07

A New Day… premiered on March 25, 2003, ending on December 15, 2007, after a 5 year run of more than 700 shows and 3 million spectators. It reached one of the highest concert grosses in music history, grossing over $400 million in its entire run.

4. Madonna – Sticky and Sweet Tour, 2008-2009

The Sticky & Sweet Tour was the eighth concert tour by American singer Madonna to promote her eleventh studio album, Hard Candy. It began in August 2008 and was Madonna’s first tour from her new recording and business deal with Live Nation. The tour grossed a huge $408 million.

3. AC/DC – Black Ice World Tour, 2008-10

Black Ice World Tour was a 2008-2010 concert tour by Australian rock band AC/DC in support of the group’s 15th studio album, Black Ice. The tour ended up being the most successful by AC/DC, grossing $441 million.

2. The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang Tour, 2005-07

A Bigger Bang was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones which took place between August 2005 and August 2007, in support of their album A Bigger Bang. It has become the second highest grossing tour of all time with $558 million earned.

1. U2 – U2 360 Tour, 2009-11

The U2 360° Tour was a worldwide concert tour by U2. Launched in support of the group’s 2009 album No Line on the Horizon, the tour visited stadiums from 2009 through 2011. By its conclusion, U2 360° had set records for the highest-attended tour with over 7.2 million tickets sold and for the highest-grossing concert tour with $736 million in ticket sales.