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The Top-Grossing North American Tours of 2012


Pollstar has released its annual report on the Top-Grossing North American Tours.

Perhaps not surprisingly, MADONNA took the top spot.  Her tour grossed $133.7 million last year.  Cirque Du Soleil's "Michael Jackson:  The Immortal" show was second with $112.9 million.  Here's the Top 10:

1.)  Madonna,  $133.7 million

2.)  Cirque Du Soleil's "Michael Jackson:  The Immortal",  $112.9 million

3.)  Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band,  $104.7 million

4.)  Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw,  $96.5 million

5.)  Roger Waters,  $90.2 million

6.)  Coldplay,  $54.8 million

7.)  Dave Matthews Band,  $51 million

8.)  Van Halen,  $49.9 million

9.)  Barbra Streisand,  $40.7 million  (Barbra did this despite performing just 12 shows last year.  I guess that's what happens when your average ticket price is $263.52, and your fans are willing to pony up.)

10.)  Elton John,  $40.4 million

Justin Bieber just missed the Top 10.  He was at #11, with $40.2 million.  Country singer JASON ALDEAN followed at #12 with an even $40 million.

By the way, the ROLLING STONES came in 52nd.  They grossed $18.3 million despite playing just FOUR shows in the U.S.  The average ticket price was $520.

You can download a .PDF of the Top 200 tours, here.

Overall, the concert industry was up slightly from last year.  Ticket sales rose more than 5%, from 34.74 million in 2011 to 36.7 million last year.  The average ticket price also rose, by $1.54.  In 2011, the average ticket price was $67.22.  Last year, the average price was $68.76.