When you announce to your parents or friends that you’ll become a musician…
The first question comes up as a military chariot that smashes out all the artist’s goodwill:
“And how will you live and where will you find the money?“
But some successful musicians are quietly laughing, either imaginary or actually.
In earlier decades, music, regardless of its quality, was a very good business.
However, in recent years, with the proliferation of the Internet, sales have plummeted.
But that doesn’t stop many artists from getting rich almost unrealistically.
And the way is simple: LIVE CONCERTS!
Business Portal Pollstar, which studies the music industry, has published a list of 20 most lucrative artist concerts.
That is how much money the musicians have made with their tours over the last 10 years.
This study only considered the period from 2011 to 2019.
The first conclusion that comes out is that there is a tendency of band fans to watch their favorite band live.
And artists are very responsive or even greedy.
What have been the most popular and therefore the most profitable tours of recent years?
In the first place are U2, a band that in the last few years has put more than a billion dollars (!!!!!) in its pocket.
And that’s just from their concerts.
Even though in our country, Bono is now seen as a kind of no-news and not even small rock bars play their songs.
In second place are the Rolling Stones, who either cannot rest or their greed is unlimited.
The silver medal on this list has given them the $ 929 million they’ve earned from their concerts in recent years.
The bronze belongs to Ed Sheeran, who has collected (!?!?!?!) just 7 million dollars less than the rock giants.
As for the metal bands, the first and only in the second decade are of course Metallica.
The musicians sold tickets for a decade worth $ 661 million in 245 concerts.
Also noteworthy is the performance of workaholic Bon Jovi and his band on the “This House Is Not For Sale” tour, which earned him over $ 866 million.
The list in detail
- U2 – $ 1.038 billion
- The Rolling Stones – $ 929 million
- Ed Sheeran – $ 922 million
- Taylor Swift – $ 900 million
- Beyonce – $ 857 million
- Bon Jovi – $ 837 million
- Paul McCartney – $ 814 million
- Coldplay – $ 732 million
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -730 Million Dollars
- Roger Waters – $ 702 million
- Elton John – $ 676 million
- Metallica – $ 662 million
- Guns N ‘Roses – $ 648 million
- The Eagles – $ 630 million
- One Direction – $ 628 million
- Pink – $ 626 million
- Jay-Z – $ 612 million
- Kenny Chesney – $ 609 million
- Justin Bieber – $ 554 million
- Bruno Mars – $ 546 million