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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Singer Axl Rose of AC/DC performs during the AC/DC Rock Or Bust Tour at Madison Square Garden on September 14, 2016 in New York City; EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 28: Singer Bono of the band U2 performs during U2 'Joshua Tree Tour 2017' at MetLife Stadium on June 28, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Guns N’ Roses, U2, Justin Bieber, Metallica and Depeche Mode are among the top tours of 2017 so far, according to the trade magazine Pollstar.

GNR’s “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour ranked No. 1, grossing $151.5 million at the box office during the first half of the year and is the only tour that’s sold more than a million tickets. U2 followed at $118.1 million, with Bieber third at $93.2 million, Metallica at $88 million and Depeche Mode at $68.2 million.

Rounding out the Top 10 were the Red Hot Chili Peppers ($60.5 million), Adele ($59 million), Ed Sheeran ($57.2 million), Eric Church ($54.5 million) and Bruno Mars ($52.7 million).

According to Pollstar, the Top 50 Worldwide tours grossed a combined $1.97 billion, just a bit behind last year’s record $1.98 billion, but total ticket sales of 23.4 million set a new record. More details can be found at Pollstar.com.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.