Taylor Swift, AC/DC, One Direction, U2 and Foo Fighters make up the top five positions on Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide tours for 2015. The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks and Ed Sheeran are also among the major earners.
Swift was the top touring artist in the world with gross ticket sales in excess of $250 million as she played to nearly 2.3 million fans. The Top 20 Worldwide Tours alone grossed more than $2.2 billion and sold over 24 million tickets at an average ticket price of $91.74. That represents $200 million and over 4 million tickets more than in 2014.
AC/DC came back and did the biggest tour in the band's history while Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran made the Top 10 for the first time with record outings of their own. Although The Rolling Stones are placed 10th on the chart, the band had the highest average ticket – $174.50. Second is Paul McCartney’s $155.76 followed by Madonna (127.55), Fleetwood Mac ($125.61), Elton John ($124.49) and U2 ($118.35). Luke Bryan’s $55.48 average ticket price was the lowest on the chart.