Photo: Jo LopezA number of veteran artists proved they still had major drawing power in 2013. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and The Rolling Stones landed in the top 10 of Billboard's list of the year's highest-grossing tours.
The Boss and his longtime backing group were #4 on the tally, after bringing in $147,608,938 over the course of 53 concerts -- 36 of which were ********. The Stones, meanwhile, sold out all 23 of their shows while earning $126,182,391, which placed them at #6.
Other veteran acts appearing on Billboard's Top 25 Tours list include ex-Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters, who came in at #11 after his The Wall Live Tour grossed $81,305,650; Madonna, whose outing earned $76,752,277 to take the #14 spot; Paul McCartney, whose trek brought in $69,584,403 to place him at #16; and Fleetwood Mac, who were 17th on the list after their concerts made $61,899,473.
The most successful 2013 trek of all was Bon Jovi's Because We Can tour, which brought in an impressive $205,158,370 in gross earnings and sold out all 90 of its dates. At #2 is the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Michael Jackson: The Immortal world tour production, which earned $157,299,100.
Billboard's top tours list was determined from Billboard Boxscore figures compiled from November 14, 2012, to November 12, 2013.
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