December 4, 2023
Elton John and Rolling Stones Among 2022's Top-Earning Tours

Elton John and the Rolling Stones sold more than half a billion dollars of total concert tickets in 2022 with their respective tours.

John earned over $334 million with 85 Farewell Yellow Brick Road dates, second only to Bad Bunny on Billboard‘s 2022 Top Tours chart. The Stones came in at No. 6 with more than $179 million, an impressive number considering they played only 20 shows.

Four other rock tours earned over $100 million on the road last year, led by Red Hot Chili Peppers with $176 million from 31 shows, the combination of Def Leppard and Motley Crue with $173 million (35 shows), Paul McCartney with $105 million (16 concerts) and Eagles with $104 million (40 shows).

Further down the list, Guns N’ Roses earned $93 million from 27 shows, Genesis made $81 million from 35 farewell dates and Iron Maiden rang up $76 million from 47 shows. Roger Waters and Billy Joel also made the Top 40, with $66 and $65 million in respective ticket sales.

John’s farewell tour, which began in September 2018, is currently scheduled to end with a July 8 show in Stockholm. The Rolling Stones are reportedly working on a new album, which would be their first collection of original material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.

After focusing on North America this past summer, Motley Crue and Def Leppard will bring their co-headlining tour to the rest of the world in 2023, with new guitarist John 5 taking over for Mick Mars.

Billboard Top Tour Chart 2022
1. Bad Bunny – $373,463,379 (65 shows)
2. Elton John – $334,385,023 (84 shows)
3. Ed Sheeran – $246,287,916 (63 shows)
4. Harry Styles – $214,408,180 (71 shows)
5. Coldplay – $208,000,727 (40 shows)
6. The Rolling Stones – $179,349,815 (20 shows)
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $176,998,650 (31 shows)
8. Def Leppard and Motley Crue – $173,474,649 (35 shows)
9. Kenny Chesney – $135,046,047 (41 shows)
10. The Weeknd – $131,056,262 (19 shows)

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