Billboard Releases 2005 List of Top 10 Grossing Tours

New York (December 14, 2005)--Seems like it was U2’s year. Touring in support of 2004’s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, the band grossed $260 million from 3 million people across the 90 unanimously sold out shows it played this year. The Vertigo tour’s biggest stop--a run of shows at Dublin's Croke Park--was the biggest single venue gross of the year, raking in more than $21.1 million from nearly 247,000 fans.
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New York (December 14, 2005)--Seems like it was U2’s year. Touring in support of 2004’s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, the band grossed $260 million from 3 million people across the 90 unanimously sold out shows it played this year. The Vertigo tour’s biggest stop--a run of shows at Dublin's Croke Park--was the biggest single venue gross of the year, raking in more than $21.1 million from nearly 247,000 fans.

Flying just behind the Irish band were Southern California staples the Eagles, who feathered their nests with $117 million derived from 77 shows. Neil Diamond pulled down $71 million, while Kenny Chesney--who drew 1.1 million people, second only to U2--ranked as fourth due to a gross of $63 million.

Also in the top 10 this year are Paul McCartney ($60 million), Rod Stewart ($49 million), Elton John ($45.5 million touring, plus another $30 million via his Las Vegas show "The Red Piano"), Dave Matthews Band ($45 million), Jimmy Buffett ($41 million) and Green Day ($36.5 million).

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