He beats old rivals The Rolling Stones...

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY grossed $103.3 million from his US tour last year, making him the biggest earning touring artist of the year.

According to a survey conducted by US ticket website www.pollstar.com, the former Beatle‘s solo tour emphatically beat fellow veterans the Rolling Stones, who grossed $87.9 million on their first North American tour for 20 years, into second place.

Ticket prices in the US are generally higher than in the UK, costing around $130 for a ticket to see McCartney, which is around £80. The higher-end tickets sold for up to $250 (£154).

Third-highest grossing tour in 2002 according to Pollstar was Cher’s farewell tour, which took in $73.6 million. The total ticket sales for US gigs reached a record $2.1 billion (£1.3 billion) across the year.

The Top Ten grossing acts were:

1. Paul McCartney

2. Rolling Stones

3. Cher

4. Elton John with Billy Joel

5. Dave Matthews Band

6. Bruce Spingsteen

7. Aerosmith

8. Creed

9. Neil Diamond

10. The Eagles