Roger Waters Tops Amongst Touring Acts at 2012 Midpoint
The top tour of the year doesn’t belong to a music act, but we don’t think that necessarily concerns the artist at No. 2 on the Pollstar list of Top Grossing Tours of 2012.
Former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters has raked in $61.9 million in North America alone and $158.1 million globally in ticket sales from his ‘The Wall Live’ shows, recreating his most prolific and ambitious work. The singer has reportedly sold over 1.4 million tickets (575,000-plus in the North America) since the start of the calendar year.
However, the trek came up just shy of Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal,’ which has earned $78.5 million in North America and sold over 703,000 tickets.
Other acts in the Top 5 in North America included Van Halen, who added $44.9 million to their bank accounts in touring receipts, and country superstars Kenny Chesney ($33.9 million) and Lady Antebellum ($30.9 million).
Meanwhile, on the global scale, Waters $158.1 million dwarfed the closest competitor. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band finished second globally with $79.9 million.
It is not known if Waters will hold onto the biggest tour of the year title however, as his trek may be winding down while Springsteen’s run is expected to continue throughout the year.