Metallica, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Among Pollstar’s “Top Touring Artists” Of The Past 40 Years

Pollstar have shared two charts that showcase the “Top Touring Artists” of the past 40 years. One is based on box office grosses, while the other is based on tickets sold. You can check those out HERE.

A list of the rock/metal artists that made the charts can be found below:

“Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Boxoffice Grosses”:

#01 The Rolling Stones ($2,165,280,638)
#02 U2 ($2,127,771,684)
#07 Bon Jovi ($1,329,891,400)
#08 Eagles ($1,314,544,780)
#09 Metallica ($1,219,599,179)
#10 Paul McCartney ($1,193,812,645)
#21 Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($768,990,894)
#23 Guns N’ Roses ($751,306,152)
#27 AC/DC ($668,427,967)
#31 Aerosmith ($603,229,413)
#41 KISS ($532,363,017)
#42 Def Leppard ($514,231,844)
#44 Iron Maiden ($475,817,777)
#45 Journey ($470,947,895)
#51 Muse ($413,911,387)
#55 Foo Fighters ($397,110,491)
#57 Red Hot Chili Peppers ($391,478,473)
#63 Mötley Crüe ($367,345,912)
#65 Pearl Jam ($351,816,504)
#73 Rush ($341,767,928)
#75 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers )$340,201,810)
#76 Santana ($338,300,077)
#81 The Who ($319,253,907)
#89 ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ ($296,571,532)
#91 Van Halen ($295,611,828)
#96 Nickelback ($282,043,003)
#97 ZZ Top ($278,705,470)
#99 Scorpions ($271,865,172)
#100 Tool ($269,044,896)
#113 Queen + Adam Lambert ($225,209,819)
#119 Green Day ($204,959,692)
#132 Ozzy Osbourne ($186,754,231)
#133 Kid Rock ($186,416,121)
#142 Lynyrd Skynyrd ($174,624,299)
#143 ‘Ozzfest‘ ($174,320,095)

“Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Tickets Sold”:

#01 U2 (26,178,043 tickets sold)
#06 Metallica (19,468,173 tickets sold)
#07 Bon Jovi (17,750,044 tickets sold)
#11 Trans-Siberian Orchestra (15,276,864 tickets sold)
#13 Aerosmith (13,336,974 tickets sold)
#22 AC/DC (11,512,424 tickets sold)
#23 Def Leppard (11,321,650 tickets sold)
#27 ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ (10,524,715 tickets sold)
#28 Paul McCartney (10,459,620 tickets sold)
#29 Journey (9,958,624 tickets sold)
#30 KISS (9,867,419 tickets sold)
#35 Iron Maiden (9,187,132 tickets sold)
#36 ZZ Top (9,104,788 tickets sold)
#42 Mötley Crüe (8,748,806 tickets sold)
#43 Rush (8,593,428 tickets sold)
#44 Guns N’ Roses (8,470,755 tickets sold)
#50 Santana (7,694,036 tickets sold)
#51 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (7,666,481 tickets sold)
#53 Van Halen (7,483,253 tickets sold)
#63 Pearl Jam (7,006,815 tickets sold)
#66 Red Hot Chili Peppers (6,846,945 tickets sold)
#76 Lynyrd Skynyrd (6,262,495 tickets sold)
#78 Muse (6,124,001 tickets sold)
#80 Ozzy Osbourne (6,006,522 tickets sold)
#82 The Who (5,920,078 tickets sold)
#83 Scorpions (5,864,625 tickets sold)
#84 Foo Fighters (5,815,511 tickets sold)
#88 Pink Floyd (5,662,178 tickets sold)
#89 Nickelback (5,605,065 tickets sold)
#104 Kid Rock (4,782,884 tickets sold)
#105 Green Day (4,764,387 tickets sold)
#109 Tool (4,483,293 tickets sold)
#118 Poison (3,911,113 tickets sold)
#120 ‘Ozzfest‘ (3,802,261 tickets sold)
#134 311 (3,482,392 tickets sold)
#142 Mötley Crüe (3,303,463 tickets sold)
#149 Linkin Park (3,211,166 tickets sold)

Original Bon Jovi Bassist Alec John Such Passes Away

Original Bon Jovi bassist Alec John Such has sadly passed away at the age of 70. The band commented:

“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such. He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band. To be honest, we found our way to each other thru him. He was a childhood friend of Tico and brought Richie to see us perform. Alec was always wild and full of life. Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We’ll miss him dearly.”

Bon Jovi Announces April U.S. Tour

Bon Jovi has announced an April U.S. tour. Pre-sales will launch on January 11 and tickets will be available to the general public on January 14.

Tour Dates:

04/01 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
04/03 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
04/05 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
04/08 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
04/09 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
04/11 GreeNville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
04/13 Savannah, GA – Enmarket Arena
04/15 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
04/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – FLA Live Arena
04/19 Indianapolis, IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse
04/21 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
04/23 Austin, TX – Moody Center
04/26 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
04/28 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
04/30 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Jon Bon Jovi Cancels Miami Appearance After Testing Positive For COVID-19

According to Variety, Jon Bon Jovi was unable to perform at yesterday’s (October 30) “Runaway With JBJ” event in Miami Beach, FL after testing positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, a representative said that the musician “is fully vaccinated and feeling fine.” 7News also reported that fans were already at the venue when the cancellation was announced. The backing band, Kings of Suburbia, all tested negative, but they chose not to play out of an abundance of caution.

Nonpoint, Spiritbox, Etc. Added To 2022 ShipRocked Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2022 ShipRocked cruise. As previously reported, the Carnival Breeze will sail from Galveston, TX to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico on January 22-27. Here’s the updated lineup: Lamb Of God, I Prevail, 10 Years, ’68, Avatar, Ayron Jones, Badflower, Blacktop Mojo, Bones UK, Dead Poet Society, Dead Sara, From Ashes To New, Grandson, He Is Legend, Lilith Czar, Motionless In White, Nonpoint, Oxymorons, P.O.D., Raveneye, Sevendust, Spiritbox, Steel Panther, VRSTY, Wage War, and Zero 9:36. Special sets from the Cherry Bombs, Drowning Pool, Islander, Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton, Otherwise, We Are The Fallen, and The Stowaways all-star jam band are also planned. The latter all-star band will feature: H.R. (Bad Brains), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John Tempesta (The Cult), Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch), John De Servio (Black Label Society), Dario Lorina (Black Label Society), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Sahaj Ticotin (RA), Dave Bruckner (ex-Papa Roach), Drew Johnston (Kaleido), Christina Chriss (Kaleido), Michael Vampire (Vampires Everywhere!), Kurt Deimer, Leo Moracchioli, Madame Mayhem, and Tyson Leslie.

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) Releases New Kind Heaven Orchestra Single “Mend”

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros) has released a new Kind Heaven Orchestra single titled “Mend.” That track features Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Elliot Easton (The Cars), and David Bryan (Bon Jovi). Farrell said the following about the song:

“I’ve tried to reach through his ribcage and examine the heart of a good friend. Tried to empathize with what he was going through. I tried to mend my friend.”

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) To Release New Kind Heaven Orchestra Single This Month

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros) will be releasing a new Kind Heaven Orchestra single, titled “Mend,” on May 21. That track will feature Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Elliot Easton (The Cars), and David Bryan (Bon Jovi). Farrell commented:

“I’ve tried to reach through his ribcage and examine the heart of a good friend. Tried to empathize with what he was going through. I tried to mend my friend.”

Bon Jovi To Kick Off “Encore Drive-In Nights” 2021 Concert Series

Bon Jovi will be kicking off this year’s “Encore Drive-In Nights” concert series. The never-before-seen concert will broadcast in nearly 300 drive-ins across the United States, Canada and Ireland, as well as select indoor cinemas around the world on May 22. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 29 and a list of participating venues can be found HERE. Encore Drive-In Nights CEO Walter Kinzie commented:

“Bon Jovi is a global icon and we’re so happy that the band will be launching our 2021 concert season! The pandemic has taught us that there are new avenues for live entertainment, and this model is one of the safest and most innovative options for world-class, fun events for the whole family. There are millions of fans who don’t usually attend live shows, whether it’s because they live far away from the big touring arenas or because of the cost. Artists can now connect with these fans in a completely new way.”

Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, Etc. Members Take Part In Auction For Roadie Relief

Members of Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, KISS, 311, and more have contributed signed items to a silent auction in an effort to raise money for Roadie Relief. The auction will run through April 14 at 32auctions.com.

Here’s the various items up for auction:

01. Tommy Thayer (KISS) personally signed signature series Epiphone Les Paul.
02. Phil X (Bon Jovi) signed Gibson Les Paul Jr.
03. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) piano black Gretsch Drum kit he used at Wembley Stadium in 2008 with All Access laminate from the show.
04. Papa Emeritus IV (Ghost) signed Hagstrom Phantom guitar.
05. A 30 min one on one Zoom with PNUT of 311.
06. 5 different Faith No More bundles that have signed poster, guitar pics and after show pass.
07. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) signed cymbal (used at last Rage show).
08. 2 – 311 band signed posters.
09. Queen + Adam Lambert signed show poster from their last show plus a pair of Roger Taylor’s drum sticks.
10. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed snare drum (his signature series custom hard shell snare case also signed by him).
11. Metallica bundle including show poster, pair of Lars Ulrich’s used drum Sticks, and one of Lars’s custom snare drum Heads
12. Live performance photographs from shows including: Lemmy (Motörhead), Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Flint (Prodigy), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Cardinal Copia (Ghost), and Tom Petty.
13. 311 signed skate deck.
14. Artist Thomas Estrada donated custom art commission to winning bidder.
15. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) signed custom guitar pedal + guitar pics.
16. Avenged Sevenfold signed record.
17. Several concert collectors posters: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (and more to come).
18. Darkglass Electronics 500 v1 bass amp
19. Aric Improta (Fever 333) custom art work drum head signed by him
20. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed drum head and pair of sticks
21. Foo Fighters Bundle – Taylor Hawkins’ sticks, Dave Grohl’s sweat band and guitar pic and 2 all access laminates.
22. Custom hand made guitar used on episodes of Couch Riffs.