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)

NHC (Foo Fighters, Jane’s Addiction) Release New EP “Intakes & Outtakes”

NHC, the band featuring Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), have released a new EP titled “Intakes & Outtakes.” The effort features two new songs, “One And The Same” and “I Could Be Someone Else,“ and covers of Pink Floyd‘s “Fearless” and Level 42‘s “Something About You.” Hawkins commented:

“If you can’t see the connection between what we do, what Pink Floyd does, and what Level 42 did well then you’re just not getting it. We had tons of fun as usual creating these little gems.”

Metallica, AC/DC, Tool, Etc. Make Billboard’s List Of “Top Paid Musicians Of 2020”

Metallica, AC/DC, Tool, Queen, KISS, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd are among the bands that made Billboard’s list of “Top Paid Musicians Of 2020.” You can find their rankings below.

Rock/Metal Artists On Billboard’s List:

No. 7: Queen ($13.2 million)
Streaming: $5.5M
Sales: $5.3M
Publishing: $2.4M
Touring: $0

No. 13 AC/DC ($10.1 million)
Streaming: $4.3M
Sales: $4M
Publishing: $1.8M
Touring: $0

No. 18 Metallica ($9 million)
Streaming: $3.9M
Sales: $3.7M
Publishing: $1.4M
Touring: $0

No. 20 Pink Floyd ($8.8 million)
Streaming: $3.2M
Sales: $4.3M
Publishing: $1.3M
Touring: $0

No. 32 Tool ($6.17 million)
Streaming: $823.4K
Sales: $557K
Publishing: $611K
Touring: $4.2M

No. 33 KISS ($6 million)
Streaming: $431K
Sales: $348K
Publishing: $194.5K
Touring: $5M

No. 34 The Rolling Stones ($5.69 million)
Streaming: $2.97M
Sales: $1.8M
Publishing: $1.17M
Touring: $0

No. 40 Aerosmith ($5.35 million)
Streaming: $1.33M
Sales: $564K
Publishing: $840K
Touring: $2.7M

The full list can be found HERE.

James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Steve Stevens (Billy idol), Patrick Moraz (Ex-The Moody Blues), Etc. Share Official Video For Their Cover Of Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar”

James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Steve Stevens (Billy idol), Patrick Moraz (ex-The Moody Blues), Rat Scabies (ex-The Damned), and Jah Wobble (ex-Public Image Ltd.) have shared a new video for their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar.” This track is from Cleopatra Records’ “Still Wish You Were Here – A Tribute To Pink Floyd” compilation, which was released today (May 28).

Deep Purple, Dream Theater, Ex-Queensrÿche, Etc. Members Featured On Tribute To Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”

Cleopatra Records will be releasing a tribute to Pink Floyd’s 1975 album “Wish You Were Here” on May 28. The effort is titled “Still Wish You Were Here” and it will feature Ian Paice (Deep Purple), James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensrÿche), and more.

“Still Wish You Were Here” Track Listing:

01. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)”

  • Geoff Tate
  • Steve Hackett
  • Billy Sheehan
  • Mel Collins
  • Geoff Downes
  • Ian Paice

02. “Welcome To The Machine”

  • Todd Rundgren
  • Rick Wakeman
  • Tony Levin

03. “Have A Cigar”

  • James LaBrie
  • Steve Stevens
  • Patrick Moraz
  • Rat Scabies
  • Jah Wobble

04. “Wish You Were Here”

  • Rik Emmett
  • Joe Satriani
  • Edgar Froese
  • David Ellefson
  • Carmine Appice

05. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9)”

  • Rod Argent
  • Steve Hillage
  • Ian Paice
  • Bootsy Collins

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) And David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) Contribute Music To New Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) Book “The Albatross Man”

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) have contributed music to the upcoming Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) book “The Albatross Man.” Hammett contributed to a cover of “Man Of The World,” while Gilmour contributed to a cover of “Need Your Love So Bad.”

The following was said about the book and music:

“Legendary Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green passed away, peacefully in his sleep, on July 25th 2020.

For the past 4 years Peter worked directly with Rufus Publications to produce a huge, illustrated visual book of his life and career. During this time a book of rare images, memorabilia, lyrics and notes from his time in Fleetwood Mac and beyond has been assembled with Peter having full control over the book’s direction and details.

During the evolution of the book it was decided to include some unique music as part of the project. A newly discovered vocal take by Peter, recorded in the late sixties in his mother’s house on a tape recorder, of Need Your Love So Bad formed the basis of the first song with guitars provided by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, a huge fan of Peter’s work. The track was produced by Laurie Latham. Peter heard and approved mixes of the track.

The second track chosen was Man of the World and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, another huge Peter Green fan and current owner of the legendary Greeny guitar, was approached and quickly joined the project. He flew into London and on January 6th 2020 he went into London’s Abbey Road with producer Rob Cass to record the guitar parts for his revised vision of the song, all using Greeny. The following day Kirk went down to Canvey Island to meet with Peter and hand him Greeny once more but also to play him the guitar parts to Man of the World. Again Peter approved the music and approach. The track has now been mixed and finished in LA with legendary producer Bob Rock and also features Mick Fleetwood on drums. Both tracks have been recorded for the book project and offer widely different interpretations of Peter’s work.

The book will go on pre-sale from the end of April 2021 and ship win what would be Peters 75th birthday, October 29th 2021.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dee Snider, Dream Theater, Taking Back Sunday, Etc. To Be Featured In Long Island Music Hall Of Fame’s New Year’s Eve “Best Of The Awards Galas” TV Special

The Long Island Music Hall Of Fame have announced a special New Year’s Eve “Best Of The Awards Galas” TV special. The show, which will air on December 31 at 9 p.m. EST on News 12 plus (optimum channel 61), Fios (Verizon channel 530), and Facebook Live, will feature various highlights from past induction ceremonies.

Ernie Canadeo, Long Island Music Hall Of Fame chairman, commented:

“We are thrilled to present many highlights from our past induction ceremonies in this 90-minute presentation, presented by Jovia Financial Credit Union, and benefiting the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame’s educational and scholarship programs. It is a testament to Long Island’s diverse musical heritage with appearances and performances by so many world-renowned rock, folk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and classical artists. This New Year’s Eve presentation represents a finale to 2020 and a new beginning to live events in the new year.”

Zebra’s Randy Jackson will host the show and he had the following to say about it:

“I was very surprised and flattered to be asked to host the 2020 LIMHOF ‘Best Of The Award Galas’. The talent highlighted in this show far exceeds any other ‘regional’ Hall Of Fame, in both diversity and worldwide appeal. Back in 2006, I was asked to induct one of my idols, George Gershwin, into the first class of the LIMHOF. It is an honor to be back again to help present this retrospective!”

Here’s the artists that will be featured:

* Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
* Lords of 52nd Street
* Uniondale High School Show Choir
* Joan Jett
* Jen Chapin / DMC
* Chuck D
* LL Cool J
* Kurtis Blow
* Little Anthony & The Imperials
* Debbie Gibson
* Lou Reed
* Ramones/Chris & Tina
* Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
* David Johansen (New York Dolls)
* Leslie West (Mountain)
* Ritchie Havens
* Billy Joel
* Peter Tork
* Garland Jeffreys
* Eric Bloom/Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
* Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
* Cousin Brucie
* LL Cool J
* Taylor Dayne
* Steven Van Zandt
* Dream Theater
* Lesley Gore / Connie Stevens
* Clive Davis
* Taking Back Sunday
* Good Rats
* Cowsills
* Bowzer and friends

Peter Green (Ex-Fleetwood Mac) Tribute Show Featuring Metallica, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Etc. Members To Be Screened In Theaters

On February 25, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, Jonny Lang, and more paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green during a special concert at the London Palladium. Now, the show, which took place several months before Green’s death, will be screened in cinemas across the U.K. on March 23 and March 28, 2021. After that, the film will be released as a gatefold 4LP set, a 2CD/Blu-ray mediabook, and digitally on April 30, 2021. Mick Fleetwood commented:

“The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I was honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. ‘Then Play On’…”

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Says He Recorded A Song With Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason For A Charity Album

During a recent interview with La Heavy, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi revealed that he has recorded a song with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason for an upcoming charity album. He said the following about that:

“A few weeks ago, Nick and I recorded a song for a charity album that will raise funds to fight cancer. They asked me to go and provide some riffs for it. Of course, I gladly agreed.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Updated Release Schedule Posted For 2020 Record Store Day Events

As previously reported, this year’s Record Store Day will now take place across three dates (August 29, September 26, and October 24) due to the coronavirus pandemic. The full updated release schedule is available HERE. A list of rock/metal releases can be found below.

August 29:

  • August Burns Red – “Bones” (Fearless) (7″) (limited to 1,000)
    Backed with instrumental version on the b-side.
  • The Black Crowes – “Jealous Again” (UMe) (12″) (limited to 7,500)
  • Denzel Curry – “Bulls On Parade” (Loma Vista Recordings) (7″) (limited to 2,500)
    Featuring his covers of Rage Against The Machine and Bad Brains.
  • Def Leppard – “Rock N Roll Hall of Fame” (UMe) (limited to 4,000)
  • Entombed – “Clandestine – Live” (Sound Pollution) (2xLP) (limited to 500)
  • Fight – “A Small Deadly Space” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 2,200)
  • Hawkwind – “At The BBC 1972” (Parlophone) (2xLP) (limited to 5,000)
  • Hawkwind – “Quark, Strangeness & Charm” (Atomhenge) (2xLP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Judas Priest – “British Steel” (40th Anniversary Edition) (Legacy) (2xLP) (limited to 3,500)
  • Motörhead – “Ace Of Spades“/”Dirty Love” (12″ shaped picture disc) (limited to 4,000)
  • Pink Floyd – “Arnold Layne Live 2007” (Legacy) (7″) (limited to 7,400)
  • Refused – “Not Fit For Broadcast – Live At The BBC” (Spinefarm) (12″) (limited to 3,500)
  • Jimmy Urine & Serj Tankian – “Fuktronic Soundtrack” (Music On Vinyl) (LP) (limited to 2,000)

September 26:

  • Badflower – “The Jester“/”Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Big Machine) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2,000)
  • CHON – “Grow” (Sumerian) (LP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Graves At Sea – “History Of Sickness” (NecroCave Recordings) (12″) (limited to 750)
  • Chuck Mosley – “First Hellos And Last Goodbyes” (blocGLOBAL) (LP) (limited to 700)
  • Primus – “Suck On This” (Prawn Song) (LP) (limited to 5,000)
  • The Ramones – “It’s Alive II” (Rhino/Warner) (2xLP) (limited to 8,000)
  • Various Artists – “Nativity In Black” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 2,500)

October 24:

  • Asking Alexandria – “Stand Up And Scream” (Sumerian) (LP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Clutch – “The Obelisk” (Weathermaker Music) (16-LP box set) (limited to 550)
    Featuring “Strange Cousins From The West‘, “Blast Tyrant“, “Robot Hive – Exodus“, “Earth Rocker“, “Psychic Warfare“, “Full Fathom Five“, “La Curandera“, “Live At The Googolplex” (picture disc), “Jam Room” (picture disc), “Pitchfork & Lost Needles” (picture disc) and “Book Of Bad Decisions“.
  • Alice Cooper – “Live From The Apollo Theatre Glasgow February 19, 1982” (Rhino/Warner Records) (2xLP) (limited to 7,000)
  • DevilDriver – “Winter Kills” (Napalm) (2xLP) (limited to 1,400)
  • Dio – “Annica” (Niji Entertainment/BMG) (12″ picture disc)
  • Ice Nine Kills – “The Silver Scream: Killer Cuts” (Fearless) (10″) (limited to 2,500)
  • Infectious Grooves – “Take You On A Ride” (ORG Music) (12″) (limited to 1,500)
    Featuring one new track and three previously unreleased tracks from 1995.
  • Judas Priest – “Sad Wings Of Destiny” (eOne) (2xLP) (limited to 2,700)
  • The Obsessed – “Incarnate Ultimate” (Blues Funeral Records) (2xLP) (limited to 1,250)
  • Skid Row – “Slave To The Grind” (Expanded Edition) (Run Out Of Groove) (2xLP) (limited to 2,500)

[via The PRP]