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Rock Artists Make Up One-Third of 2023 ‘Billboard’ Top Tours List

Billboard has released their 2023 Year-End Boxscore Charts for touring, and rock artists fared incredibly well. Per an infographic shared via social media, rock artists accounted for 32.4% of the top 100 tours of 2023. However, Billboard noted of rock and pop's combined figures, "While pop and rock have long dominated the touring space, the two central genres’ combined market share has dropped from 69% in 2019, to 59% in 2022, and now to 48% in 2023."   Regardless, many rock artists found themselves in the top 40 of the publication's Year-End 2023 Top Tours list. The include the following: -2. Coldplay ($342.5M gross) -7. Elton John ($210M gross) -9. Depeche Mode ($175.2M gross) -14. Metallica ($125.8M gross) -15. Dead & Company ($114.7M gross) -18. Guns N' Roses ($96.2M gross) -19. blink-182 ($95.7M gross) -20. Muse ($92.7M gross) -23. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($77.2M gross) -24. Phish ($76.8M gross) -25. Eagles ($76.4M gross) -30. Dave Matthews Band ($66.6M gross) -31. Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($66.5M gross) -39. Billy Joel & Stevie Nicks ($56M gross) -40. Sting ($55.7M gross)   Elton John's Historic Year Among the top rock artists on Billboard's Year-End 2023 Top Tours list is Elton John. In 2023, the world saw Sir Elton officially say goodbye to touring in July with the final show of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour. Before Taylor Swift came and made an obscene amount of money with her "Eras Tour," [inlink id="elton-john-farewell-tour-has-officially-made-history" text="Billboard reported in January"] that John's farewell tour grossed more than any other tour in history. At that time, the tour had grossed $817.9 million over the course of 278 shows. That shattered the previous record holder, which was Ed Sheeran. His "The Divide Tour" raked in $776.4 million in 258 shows. The setlist from Sir Elton's final show on July 8 in Stockholm, Sweden is below. Bennie and the Jets Philadelphia Freedom I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues Border Song Tiny Dancer Have Mercy on the Criminal Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) Take Me to the Pilot Someone Saved My Life Tonight Levon Candle in the Wind Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding Burn Down the Mission Sad Songs (Say So Much) Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me The Bitch Is Back I'm Still Standing Crocodile Rock Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting Encore Cold Heart Your Song Goodbye Yellow Brick Road   [select-gallery gallery_id="293687" syndication_name="rocks-greatest-live-albums-top-40-ranked" description="no"]

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