Billboard released new numbers last week showing the most lucrative touring acts alive today – five of whom made more than $1bn from shows since 1990. First up, though, is The Eagles, who cashed in around $702,110,908 across their 484 tour shows.
Her heart will always go on, and so will her earning potential, too: Canadian warbler Celine Dion has backed up her massive-selling albums with huge live shows, too, making $737,573,927 since 1990 in gig revenue.
Behold the country-pop behemoth that is Kenny Chesney: a man who has compelled some 12,681,629 fans to fork out a total of $752,706,599 to see him play live since 1990.
Dave Matthews Band hadn’t even truly made their mark at the start of the ’90s: they didn’t release their debut LP ‘Remember Two Things’ until 1993. But they’ve made up for lost time rather well with 992 tour shows attended by an overall audience of around 17,823,077, and $776,969,736 in the bank to boot.
Alas, Sir Elton John, you did not break the billion dollar mark. But it’s alright! You still cashed $786,791,043 from the 956 shows you’ve played since 1990.
And the first of the billion-making megastars is Bon Jovi, who’ve played 578 shows in over 50 countries and received $1,030,082,884 for their troubles.
Madonna, meanwhile, is in fourth place – and despite playing just 3982 gigs in the last 24 years, she raked in $1,140,230,941. That, folks, is why she will always be The Queen Of Pop.
Bruce Springsteen is also in the $1billion club. The Boss has made a whopping $1,196,116,507 across 727 shows, and he’s toured in every decade since the 70s. Since 1990, 15,010,773 have paid to watch him in concert.
Up next are U2, who’ve made $1,514,979,793 despite playing just 526 shows. Playing to mega-sized stadiums does have a habit of swelling your coffers, though.
But in first place, it’s The Rolling Stones. Mick, Keef and the rest of the band have played 538 shows since 1990 and they’ve made a staggering $1,565,792,382 as a result.