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U2 are back on top

January 4, 2012

By Staff Reporter

U2’s The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton at Croke Park during their 2009 tour.

U2 were the top touring act of 2011, both here and internationally, according to Pollstar, the concert tracker. The Irish band’s 360 tour took in a gross $156M in 25 shows in 21 North American cities. Country stars Taylor Swift ($97.7 million) and Kenny Chesney ($84.6 million) claimed the No. 2 and No. 3 slots, while Lady Gaga ($63.7 million) had the 4th highest figure and Bon Jovi ($57.1 million) the 5th.

Worldwide, the Dublin area quartet took in $231.9 million from 34 shows in 26 cities. Close behind them were Take That, whose lineup again includes Robbie Williams, grossing at $224 million, also with 34 shows.

Getting the top slot for 2011 represented something of a comeback for the Irishmen, as they had to cancel parts of their 2010 tour due to an back injury sustained by singer Bono.

 

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