If there was ever any question about AC/DC’s staying power, it has certainly been quashed over the last two years, as the Aussie powerhouse continues to dominate the live arena. Gross has sorted and ranked the world’s biggest tours over the last six months (compiled by Boxscores) and the results show the final leg of AC/DC’s nigh interminable Black Ice Tour more than doubling the closest competition in dollars and total attendance.
In the period from November 28, 2009 through June 19, 2010, AC/DC grossed more than $118 million and played to nearly 1.1 million fans. Bon Jovi came in second, grossing just less than $52 million. Metal symphony sensation Trans-Siberian Orchestra ranked third, with more than $47 million. Metallica and Taylor Swift finished out the top five, each hovering at just less than $40 million. Other rock acts include The Eagles at #8, Nickelback at #11, Depeche Mode at #12, John Mayer at #16, Guns N’ Roses at #17, Elton John and Billy Joel at #20, KISS at #21 and Muse at #23.
AC/DC’s Black Ice Tour criss-crossed the globe for more than 20 months, concluding on June 28 in Bilbao, Spain. Angus Young and company played in 108 cities in 28 countries and saw their Black Ice album hit the #1 spot in 29 countries. Earlier this year, Pollstar awarded them as Major Tour of the Year.