AC/DC And Metallica Top Earners of 2010

According to Reuters, AC/DC came in at No. 2 on the list of the world’s top concert attractions of 2010 after making all its money overseas. AC/DC grossed $177 million from 40 shows while METALLICA was No. 5 with $110.1 million from 60 overseas dates. Meanwhile, BON JOVI ended the year as the world’s top concert draw, having sold $201.1 million worth of tickets, split almost evenly between North America and the rest of the world.

AC/DC was honored in the “Top Boxscore” category at the Billboard Touring Awards, which were handed out at a special reception in New York on November 4. The awards are primarily based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010.

The “Top Boxscore” award recognizes the highest-grossing single engagement for the time period. Two of the Boxscore finalists were from AC/DC: a three-night, sold-out stand at ANZ Stadium in Sydney and three more sellouts at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne; both were in February. The third finalist for Top Boxscore was the Download festival in the U.K.

METALLICA wrapped up its two-year-long “World Magnetic” tour on November 21 with the last of three shows in Melbourne, Australia, bringing to an end a trek that began on September 12, 2008 in Berlin to support the band’s ninth studio album, “Death Magnetic”. The group issued a statement compiling the tour’s numbers, which included “45 countries, 143 arena shows, 34 festival shows, 29 stadium shows, four club/theater shows, three TV/radio shows, two Hall of Fame shows, 3790 songs, and not a single setlist was the same.”

The group played a total of 216 shows in 800 days.

METALLICA is already confirmed to headline Rock In Rio next September in Brazil. The band will also make several festival appearances in Europe over the summer.

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