Bon Jovi was the world’s top concert attraction in 2010, despite a soft market for live music and weak sales for the band’s most recent album. The New Jersey rockers sold $201.1 million worth of tickets through the year, with sales split almost evenly between shows in North America and the rest of the world. The tour currently ranks as the 9th highest grossing in the history of the North American market.
AC/DC was the second biggest draw, grossing $177 million. U2 came in third for global sales, raking in $160.1 million for two overseas legs for their massive 360 Tour, which was the top worldwide tour in the previous year.
Lady Gaga was the fourth-highest grossing act, taking in $133.6 million for her Monster Ball world tour. Gaga was clearly the hardest working act in the top 10, performing a whopping 138 gigs compared to Bon Jovi’s 80, AC/DC’s 40 and U2’s 32.
Other top concert draws for 2010 included Metallica, Michael Buble, the “Walking with Dinosaurs” arena show, Paul McCartney, the Eagles, and Roger Waters’ production of The Wall. Waters’ staging of the classic Pink Floyd album came in second place for the North American market, selling $89.5 million worth of tickets for 35 dates.