Next to music albums, concert tours serve as the most earning prospect for any music artist. A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities or locations. These tours provide fans the opportunity to hear live music from some of the greatest music artists that the world has ever seen. A chance to get close to them. So, naturally, these concerts pull in thousands and thousands of audiences. Let’s take a look into 10 of the most attended concert tours of all time.
10 Most Attended Concert Tours of All Time
10. Sticky & Sweet Tour
Starting the list at number 10 is the ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ by American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman Madonna. With 85 shows, starting from 23rd August, 2008 to 2nd September, 2009, this tour grossed $408,000,000 – the fifth highest grossing tour ever. It was attended by 41,716 audience per show, with the total audience counting up to 3,545,899. It still remains the highest-grossing tour by a female artist.
9. Wrecking Ball World Tour
At number 9 comes the ‘Wrecking Ball World Tour’ by American singer-songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian Bruce Springsteen. The tour took place from 18th March, 2012 to 21st March, 2013. It had a total of 127 shows and garnered 28,744 average attendance per show. The tour in its totality was attended by 3,650,535 audience. It grossed $347,000,000. The concert visited 26 nations.
8. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
A Cirque du Soleil production, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour used the music and vision of Michael Jackson along with Cirque du Soleil’s signature acrobatic performance style to create a realistic concert experience. It attracted more than 3.7 million audience, with 7385 audience per show. It had incredible total number of 501 shows starting from 2nd October, 2011 and ending on 31st August, 2014. It grossed $371,000,000. The tour took place in 141 cities across 27 countries. Till date, it is the highest grossing tribute show in history.
7. The Wall Live
At number seven on our list is English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose Roger Water’s concert tour ‘The Wall Live’. The time frame of the tour was from 15th September, 2010 to 21st September, 2013. Overall, it attracted 4,129,863 audiences, with 18,858 audiences per show. It had a total of 219 shows. It grossed $458,673,798. The tour holds the record for being the highest grossing tour for a solo musician.
6. Vertigo Tour
The ‘Vertigo Tour’ was a concert tour by Irish rock band U2. It grossed $389,047,636. It had a total of 131 shows with 35,259 average attendance per show. The tour lasted from 28th March, 2005 to 9th December, 2006. At the end of the tour, it grossed $389,047,636. The tour was associated with the band’s eleventh studio album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.’
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5. A Bigger Bang Tour
Starting on 21st August, 2005 and ending almost two years later, on 26th August, 2007, ‘A Bigger Bang Tour’ was a concert tour of English rock band The Rolling Stones. It grossed $558,255,524 from 144 shows. With an average attendee of 32,500 per show, the concert tour had a total attendance of 4,680,000. At the time, it was the highest grossing concert tour and presently is the second highest grossing concert tours of all time.
4. Black Ice World Tour
At number four in our list of ’10 Most Attended Concert Tours of All Time’ stands the ‘Black Ice World Tour’ by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It started on 28th October, 2008 and continued till 28th June, 2010. It grossed $441,121,000. It attracted 29,023 average attendee per show with the total attendee at the end of the concert standing at 4,846,965. It was the last tour with founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who left the band in 2014 due to ill health. It had a total of 167 shows.
3. The Division Lounge Tour
‘The Division Lounge Tour’ is the 3rd most attended concert tour of all time. This concert tour, by English rock band, Pink Floyd, ad a total of 120 shows from 30th March, 1994 to 29th October, 1994. It grossed $250,000,000. It had 45,000 average attendee per show. The total number of attendees for the concert tour was 6,000,000. It turned out to be the final Pink Floyd tour, although band members have gone out with solo tours later.
2. Voodoo Lounge Tour
The ‘Voodoo Lounge Tour’ by English Rock band The Rolling Stones is the 2nd most attended concert tour of all time. Grossing $320,000,000, this concert tour comprised of 124 shows. The concert started from 1st August, 1994 and ended on 30th August, 1995. It attracted an average of 51,103 audiences per show, with the total attendee of the tour coming at 6,336,776.
1. U2 360° Tour
And now, hold your breath for the most attended concert tour of all time – The ‘U2 360° Tour’. As evident by its name, this tour was by Irish rock band, U2. The concert tour started on 30th June, 2009 and ended on 30th July, 2011. It grossed a whopping $736,421,584 from its 110 shows, all of each had an average attendee of 66,110 audiences. At the end of the concert tour, it had a total of 7,272,046 attendees. Without a doubt, this was the tour to watch out for!
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