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).