Highest Grossing Tours Of All Time

 

The highest grossing tours of all time represent monumental achievements in the world of live entertainment, showcasing the unparalleled drawing power of iconic artists and bands. These tours transcend mere concerts, becoming cultural phenomena and global spectacles. From stadium-filling rock bands to pop sensations and legendary solo artists, these tours captivate audiences with spectacular stage productions, electrifying performances, and a repertoire of timeless hits.

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No Filter Tour 2017 – 2021

Shows: 58

Gross Sales: £481,739,975

The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour began in September 2017 with fourteen shows across twelve European venues, followed by an additional fourteen dates in 2018 due to high demand. With 1,506,259 attendees and $237.8 million grossed, it became one of the most successful tours of 2017-2018. The North American leg, announced for April 2019, was postponed due to Mick Jagger’s medical treatment but resumed in June 2019. Fifteen additional North American dates planned for May-July 2020 were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the tour resuming in September 2021 without Charlie Watts, who passed away after a medical procedure. Steve Jordan replaced him, and the tour continued, showcasing the Stones’ enduring appeal and resilience despite health and global challenges.

A Bigger Bang Tour 2005 – 2007

Shows: 144

Gross Sales: £642,851,333

The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour began on 21 August 2005 with a press conference and mini concert at the Juilliard School in New York City, followed by extensive rehearsals in Toronto and a surprise club show. Officially kicking off with two shows at Fenway Park in Boston, the tour grossed a record-breaking $162 million by the end of 2005, surpassing previous records held by the Stones. Highlights included the Super Bowl XL halftime show, a massive free concert on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, and their first performance in China with a censored setlist. The European leg, delayed due to Keith Richards’ brain surgery, resumed in July 2006. Concluding with a total gross of $558 million, the tour featured elaborate stage designs, intimate performances, and significant events, cementing the Rolling Stones’ status as one of the top live acts in history.

Reinaissance World Tour 2023

Shows: 56

Gross Sales: £454,512,393

The Renaissance World Tour was Beyoncé’s ninth and highest-grossing tour, supporting her seventh studio album, Renaissance (2022). It featured 56 shows from May 10 to October 1, 2023, starting in Stockholm and ending in Kansas City. This all-stadium tour, her first since 2018, included performances of Renaissance tracks and other hits over six or seven acts with elaborate staging, including a giant screen and robotic elements. The tour broke multiple records, becoming the highest-grossing tour ever by a female and Black artist, and ranked as the seventh-highest-grossing tour of all time. Critical acclaim was given for the production and Beyoncé’s performances

Not In This Lifetime Tour 2016 – 2019

Shows: 158

Gross Sales: £545,711,111

The “Not in This Lifetime… Tour” by Guns N’ Roses, running from April 1, 2016, to November 2, 2019, marked the reunion of classic lineup members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan after 23 years. This tour followed departures of key members and filled vacancies with returning and new faces, including keyboardist Melissa Reese. The tour spanned all continents except Antarctica, included 175 shows, and became the band’s third-longest tour. Notably, it grossed over $584.2 million, ranking as the fourth-highest-grossing concert tour of all time. The tour featured special appearances from former drummer Steven Adler, AC/DC’s Angus Young, and guest performances from musicians like P!nk and Dave Grohl. The tour’s success was recognized at the Billboard Live Music Awards, where it won Top Tour/Top Draw in 2017.

Love On Tour 2021 – 2023

Shows: 169

Gross Sales: £483,870,992

Love On Tour was Harry Styles’ second concert tour, supporting his albums Fine Line (2019) and Harry’s House (2022). Spanning 22 months, the tour began on September 4, 2021, in Las Vegas and concluded on July 22, 2023, in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Initially postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour resumed with 42 US dates, marking one of the first full-capacity arena tours post-pandemic. Styles then expanded the tour internationally in June 2022, performing across Europe, South America, and other regions. In total, the tour grossed $617.3 million and sold five million tickets, ranking among the highest-grossing tours ever. Highlights included a special two-day Halloween event, “Harryween,” at Madison Square Garden, where fans and Styles embraced the festive spirit with elaborate costumes.

U2 360° Tour 2009 – 2011

Shows: 110

Gross Sales: £781,928,849

The U2 360° Tour, launched to critical acclaim, featured a monumental stage design likened to an amalgamation of insect, spacecraft, and cathedral, enhancing visibility for the band compared to previous tours. The New York Times highlighted its focus on music over politics, while NBC News underscored poignant video screen displays of Aung San Suu Kyi and Desmond Tutu. Rolling Stone drew parallels to past U2 tours, noting the stage design’s almost imperceptible presence from the band’s perspective. Canada’s National Post likened the stage to an alien craft from War of the Worlds, evoking a sense of intergalactic mission. However, The Washington Post critiqued the spectacle as overwhelming, describing it as more an “orgy of light and sound” than an intimate rock experience, a sentiment echoed by The Boston Globe’s observation of the band’s struggle to connect due to the stage’s vast scale. Despite these mixed reviews, the tour broke records for its commercial success, grossing $736 million and selling over 7.2 million tickets, solidifying its place as the highest-grossing concert tour in history by its conclusion in 2011.

÷ Tour 2017 – 2019

Shows: 255

Gross Sales: £725,238,104

The ÷ Tour, pronounced the “Divide Tour,” marked Ed Sheeran’s expansive global journey in support of his third studio album, ÷ (pronounced “divide”). Spanning 260 shows, the tour commenced on March 16, 2017, in Turin, Italy, and concluded on August 26, 2019, in Ipswich, England. Beginning with European and Latin American legs that sold out rapidly, additional dates were added to meet overwhelming demand. Despite a setback from a bike accident causing arm fractures, Sheeran rescheduled and expanded his tour across Asia, Oceania, and North America, setting records for ticket sales and gross earnings. The tour’s commercial success was staggering, grossing $776.4 million and selling 8.88 million tickets by October 2018, culminating as the highest-grossing solo tour and surpassing U2’s previous records to become the most attended tour of all time, spanning 43 countries with over 8.5 million attendees.

Music Of The Spheres Tour 2022 – 2024

Shows: 132

Gross Sales: £635,775,681

Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres World Tour, launched to support their albums Music of the Spheres (2021) and Moon Music (2024), marked their comeback after skipping tours due to environmental concerns with their previous album. The tour, starting in Costa Rica in March 2022 and ending in New Zealand in November 2024, prioritized sustainability, cutting CO2 emissions by 50% and introducing innovative practices like a rechargeable show battery and tree planting for every ticket sold. Critically acclaimed for their performances and production, reminiscent of the Mylo Xyloto Tour (2011–12), the tour grossed over $810.9 million from 7.66 million tickets across 132 shows, ranking among the top-grossing and most attended tours ever. Coldplay’s environmental efforts earned global recognition, positioning them as leaders in sustainable touring, according to Time and Pollstar.

Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour 2018 – 2023

Shows: 330

Gross Sales: £736,256,607

Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, his final and 49th concert tour, commenced in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on September 8, 2018, and concluded in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 8, 2023. Spanning 330 concerts globally, the tour’s title pays homage to his iconic 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Lauded for its monumental success, the tour grossed $939.1 million from 328 shows, securing its place as the second highest-grossing tour of all time according to Billboard. Beginning with an extensive North American leg and expanding to include multiple European and Oceania runs, the tour faced interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and John’s hip injury, which postponed several legs. Notably, the tour included historic performances such as headlining Glastonbury Festival in 2023, breaking viewership records.

The Eras Tour 2023 – 2024

Shows: 60

Gross Sales: £814,826,645

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, launching on March 17, 2023, in Glendale, Arizona, and concluding on December 8, 2024, in Vancouver, Canada, has rewritten concert history. Spanning 152 shows across five continents, the tour surpassed $1 billion in revenue, making it the highest-grossing tour ever. It shattered records from the outset, selling over 2.4 million tickets on its first day of US presales alone, eclipsing previous records set by Robbie Williams and Madonna. By December 2023, it had grossed an estimated $1.04 billion, with projections pointing towards a final tally exceeding $2 billion. Swift’s dominance extended to being named MetLife Stadium’s “#1 best-selling artist” and topping Pollstar’s Artist Power Index chart. The tour’s impact transcended economics, influencing anti-scalping legislation and spurring unprecedented global interest and acclaim. Alongside groundbreaking releases like re-recorded albums and a record-breaking concert film, the Eras Tour solidified Swift’s legacy as a cultural and commercial powerhouse in the music industry.

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