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The Boss made over $100million on tour...

Bruce Springsteen has been named as the highest earning touring star in the US during 2003.

’The Boss’ and his E Street Band made $115.9m (£65.7m) on 47 shows, including 13 stadium shows in the New York area.

Celine Dion is second on the list, compiled by industry magazine Pollstar, making $80.5m (£45.6m) thanks to 145 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Veterans The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are right behind making $69m (£39m) each.

Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni said US concert business would make a record breaking $2.4 billion in 2003. He put the figure down to fans accepting higher ticket prices for tours.

“Back in 1994 when the Eagles charged $100 a ticket, there was practically rebellion in the streets,” he told the BBC.

Celine Dion, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel and the Billy Joel-Elton John double bill all charged more than $100 (£56) a ticket, on average.

The top 10 earners of 2003 in the US are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – $115.9m

2. Celine Dion – £80.5m

3. Eagles – $69.3m

4. Fleetwood Mac – $69m

5. Cher – $68.2m

6. Simon and Garfunkel – $64.5m

7. Aerosmith/Kiss – $64m

8. Dixie Chicks – $60.5m

9. Billy Joel/ Elton John – $50.9m

10. Metallica Summer Sanitarium Tour – $48.8m