New York (December 15, 2006)–The Rolling Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” world tour will top Billboard‘s list of the top-grossing tours of 2006 in next week’s year-end issue. The jaunt, which has raked in roughly $437 million to date, was also crowned as the highest grossing tour ever, taking the title back from U2, whose 2005-6 run on its Vertigo tour brought home a figure somewhere north of $350 million.
Helping to fortify the band’s lead, the Stones are said to be mulling European dates under the “Bigger Bang” banner some time next year.
Taking second place to the rockers was Madonna, whose 60-show Confessions tour–labeled as the highest grossing tour by a female artist ever–tallied a take of nearly $195 million from 1.2 ticket holders.
Other names on the list include:
3. Bon Jovi ($131 million)
4. U2 ($96 million for Vertigo’s 2006 leg)
5. Soul2Soul II with Tim McGraw/Faith Hill ($88.8 million)
6. Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium ($78.5 million, though we’d argue it shouldn’t be included as it’s a theatrical production, not a concert tour)
7. Barbra Streisand ($76 million)
8. Kenny Chesney ($66 million)
9. Dave Matthews Band ($58 million)
10. Aerosmith ($58 million between its two co-headlining legs with Motley Crue and Lenny Kravitz)