U2 has earned the top position on Pollstar's annual "Top 20 Worldwide Tours of 2017" chart. The 22-time Grammy winners grossed a whopping $316 million with its Joshua Tree Tour to grab No. 1 spot.
Pollstar reports on Dec. 27 that the legendary Irish rockers performed 50 shows in 38 cities and sold 2.71 million tickets. Bono and company had to fend off tough competition from fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Guns N' Roses, who placed second with a gross of $292.5 million from 81 shows in 74 cities.
Rounding out the top five in 2017 were Coldplay ($238), Bruno Mars ($200.1) and Metallica $152.8). Along with U2, Guns N' Roses and Metallica, other classic rock acts to crack the top ten were Paul McCartney ($132) and The Rolling Stones ($120), followed closely by international superstar Celine Dion, who took 11th spot to become the first female artist to chart in the top 20. Fans can check out Pollstar's complete annual "Top 20 Worldwide Tours of 2017" list here.
U2 are no strangers to being at the top of the world tour heap. The band's 360° Tour, grossed $736.4 million worldwide between 2009 – 2011 and continues to be the highest grossing tour of all time.
The “With or Without You” hitmakers recently announced they will once again hit the road in 2018 in support of their brand new chart-topping album Songs of Experience, which hit shelves on Dec. 1 via Interscope. U2 recently released the album's second single “Get Out of Your Own Way." Fans can check out a recent live performance of the single on "Saturday Night Live" above.
The Experience + Innocence Tour will launch May 15 in Tulsa, Okla., at BOK Center and wrap up June 29 in Newark, N.J. At Prudential Center. Get your U2 tickets now at AXS. For all the latest details on U2, click here.