Rolling Stones are No1 on league table for highest concert earnings – with nearly £2bn in ticket sales

The Rolling Stones are No1 on an annual league table of most concert revenue.
Sir Mick Jagger, 79, Keith Richards, 78, Ronnie Wood, 75, and the late Charlie Watts sold 22 million tickets between 2018 and now which earned greater than PS1.8billion.

In a second place close behind were Irish fan favourites in the stadium U2 and Elton John, the famous Elton John, 75, was third with PS1.4billion in profits.

He’ll likely hit the Stones landmark by the time he’s finished with his current ‘Farewell Yellow Road tour.

The Stones The Stones are an old Beatles adversary and Glastonbury popular Sir Paul McCartney, 80, was the third British artist to make it into the top 10, earning less than a billion.

Metallica’s place at the number nine spot resulted in them being the most profitable live metal act at the table.

The remaining top 10 included fellow Americans Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Bon Jovi and the Eagles as well as Canadian Celine Dion.

The chart, which was created in the name of US music publication Pollstar has been studying the ticket sales of artists since 1981.

In the top 20 was Rod Stewart with (PS659million) and newer acts like Coldplay (PS861million), Beyonce (PS836million) and Ed Sheeran (PS802million).

Brodie Cooper of American marketing company PRrppd stated: “This poll demonstrates the incredible popularity UK musicians have in the world of music.

“For only a few islands, these have had remarkable results compared to all other countries that have huge selling actions.”

Top 10 ticket earners

The Rolling Stones $2,165,280,638 (PS1,794,530,470)

U2 $2,127,771,684 (PS1,763,515,351)

Elton John $1,748,183,036 (PS1,448,909,037)

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band $1,527,407 and 373.


Madonna $1,389,746,222 (PS1,265,928,281)

Celine Dion $1,354,352,578 (PS1,122,498,988)

Bon Jovi 1,000,000 $$ (PS1,102,225,355)

Eagles 1,314,544 780 dollars (PS1,089,505,945)

Metallica $1,219,599,179 (PS1,010,814,220)

Paul McCartney $1,193,812,645 (PS989,462,570)

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