Michael Jackson still tops highest grossing North American tour with Cirque du Soleil’s Immortal

Three years after his untimely death, Michael Jackson is still a huge concert draw, in the tribute show by the Cirque du Soleil.

Michael Jackson: the Immortal by the performance group leads the mid-year list of top grossing tours in North America as assembled by Pollstar. Between January 1 and June 30, that tour grossed $78.5 million.

Among tours by still living artists, Roger Waters leads the way with $61.9 million followed by Van Halen with $44.9 million, Kenny Chesney with $33.9 million and Lady Antebellum with $30.0 million.

Of other top veteran artists, Bruce Springsteen is at 7 with $30.0 million and Elton John at 8 with $26.0 million.

Worldwide, Waters is at the top grossing $158.1 million. Springsteen is second with $79.9 million. Michael’s show is third with its total gross coming from North American sales. Probably because the show has barely toured outside the USA.

Here is the top five on each list followed by all other veteran artists in the top 100. Click on the list name to see Pollstar’s complete top 100:

North American Tours ($ in millions)

01. Michael Jackson: The Immortal (Cirque du Soliel) – $78.5
02. Roger Waters – $61.9
03. Van Halen – $44.9
04. Kenny Chesney – $33.9
05. Lady Antebellum – $30.9
07. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band – $30.0
08. Elton John – $26.0
17. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $18.3
19. Jimmy Buffett – $18.1
29. Bryan Adams – $12.0
30. Beach Boys – $12.0
35. George Strait – $10.4
37. Neil Diamond – $10.0
39. Paul McCartney – $9.0
40. New Edition – $8.6
45. Yanni – $7.6

Worldwide Tours ($ in millions)

01. Roger Waters – $158.1
02. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band – $79.9
03. Michael Jackson: The Immortal (Cirque du Soliel) – $78.5
04. Coldplay – $73.9
05. Lady Gaga – $67.2
06. Van Halen – $44.9
08. Madonna – $42.1
09. Paul McCartney – $40.1
11. Elton John – $37.4
18. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $24.7
23. Rod Stewart – $22.0
25. Bryan Adams – $21.7
33. Prince – $18.1
35. Jimmy Buffett – $18.1
39. Scorpions – $17.2
42. New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys – $16.4

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My name is Dannii Cohen, I am an author, psychologist, spiritual worker, LGTB Rights campaigner and blogger/columnist with a background in freelance journalism. I am also a genderqueer/bigender. I have been part of the LGBT world for (literally!!) all my life and have been a campaigner for many years, mainly in my capacity as a writer. I have also been part of the British comedy world since the late 90's. First as a stand up, then as a writer. I stopped for some time for personal reasons, but realised I missed it a lot. At the moment I've begun to create a comedy sketch show online called: The Lonely Man Guide. It is still very much in it's infancy. My motto: When you reach out to people through the written word, you might just reach that certain person who needs to hear the words you have written. So if I can give hope or joy to someone, then that is all that matters.

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