According to Pollstar, which covers the worldwide concert industry, U2 had the biggest tour for 2017, grossing $316 million with its “Joshua Tree Tour” and selling a total 2.71 million tickets.
Behind U2 was Guns N’ Roses with $292.5 million grossed and 2.68 million tickets sold.
Coldplay came in third with $238 million grossed, and Bruno Mars is the first solo artist on the touring chart, with $200.1 million total gross on the year, placing fourth on the list.
The rest of the list mostly comprises artists that fit into the “Pop/Rock,” although other established performers like Garth Brooks (No. 10) and Celine Dion (No. 11 slot) also made the cut.
Pollstar's research placed Bruce Springsteen at at the No. 14 position. To date, the singer's Broadway show has grossed $87. 8 million at the small Walter Kerr Theatre with a 945-capacity, which is much smaller than the arenas and stadiums he normally fills. The high gross can be attributed to the $1,500 average ticket price.