According to Pollstar, the touring industry publication, here's a list of the Top 20 tours of the year and U2's 30th anniversary outing of The Joshua Tree tops the list. The tour grossed $316-million from 2.71-million tickets sold.
Guns n' Roses and the second year of their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour was second with $292.5-million grossed and 2.68-million tickets sold.
Coldplay was third with $238 million grossed followed by Bruno Mars at four with a gross of $200.1-million and Metallica rounds out the Top 5 with a gross of $152.8-million.
Pollstar Top 20 tours of 2017:
1. U2 - $316-million
2. Guns n' Roses - $292.5-million
3. Coldplay - $238-million
4. Bruno Mars - $200.1-million
5. Metallica - $152.8-million
6. Depeche Mode - $141.1-million
7. Paul McCartney - $132-million
8. Ed Sheeran - $124.1-million
9. The Rolling Stones - $120-million
10. Garth Brooks - $101.4-million
11. Celine Dion - $101.2-million
12. Justin Bieber - $93.7-million
13. Roger Waters - $92.1-million
14. Bruce Springsteen - $87.8-million
15. Lady Gaga - $85.7-million
16. Billy Joel - $82.3-million
17. The Weekend - $80-million
18. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - $79.3-million
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers - $73.5-million
20. Ariana Grande - $66.5-million
Some interesting side notes -- The Rolling Stones take of $120-million was from just 14 shows. And Bruce Springsteen's gross of $87.8-million is from 60 shows on his Springsteen on Broadway residency, where the nightly capacity of the Walter Kerr Theatre is 975. The average ticket price is $1,500.