U2 stage 'highest-earning' tour
Published 21/12/2011 | 15:07
Rock superstars U2 had the highest-earning tour of the year, according to new figures.
The band's 360 shows saw them play 44 dates to almost three million people, taking more than £180 million at the box office.
Second in the list - from figures compiled by music magazine Billboard - was US rock act Bon Jovi.
The band - led by Jon Bon Jovi - generated a little over £120 million from 68 shows, but dropped from their number one spot of the previous year.
Take That came third for the summer tour which saw them reunited with Robbie Williams for the first time in a decade and a half. The group's Progress tour around Europe took £117 million.
Another Brit was at number four in the list with ex-Pink Floyd star Roger Waters generating ticket sales to the value of nearly £96 million for his The Wall tour.
A surprise entry in the list was 80s soul star Sade who grossed £34 million for her shows over the 12-month period. She was seen by nearly 600,000 fans but only 21 of her 59 shows were sell-outs.
Dutch violinist Andre Rieu, who specialises in waltzes, was another surprise in the list, ranked at number nine.