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Billboard Ranks 2012's Highest Grossing Tours
By: Gary Graff
12/17/2012


Bruce Springsteen
, Roger Waters and Van Halen were among the top-grossing concert acts of 2012 according to Billboard magazine.

The trade publication's annual report put Springsteen and his E Street Band's "Wrecking Ball" world tour at second overall with $199 million, being Madonna's $228 million tally.

Waters' presentation of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" ranked third at $186 million, with Van Halen at No. 8 with a $54 million take. Elton John, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Rod Stewart also showed up in the Top 25. The full list includes:

 1. Madonna ($228 million)
 2. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ($199 million)
 3. Roger Waters ($186 million)
 4. Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil ($147 million)
 5. Coldplay ($147 million)
 6. Lady Gaga ($124 million)
 7. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw ($96 million)
 8. Van Halen ($54 million)
 9. Jay-Z & Kanye West ($46 million)
 10. Andre Rieu ($46 million)
 11. Dave Matthews Band ($41 million)
 12. Barbra Streisand ($40 million)
 13. Jason Aldean ($39 million)
 14. Lady Antebellum ($38 million)
 15. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($33 million)
 16. Brad Paisley ($33 million)
 17. Nickelback ($33 million)
 18. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
 19. Elton John ($32 million)
 20. Justin Bieber ($30 million))
 21. Rod Stewart ($30 million)
 22. Neil Diamond ($29 million)
 23. Pearl Jam ($27 million)
 24. Taylor Swift ($26 million)
 25. Rascal Flatts ($26 million)

CLICK HERE to learn out more about Gary Graff and his award-winning music journalism including the books he has written on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.


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