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Bon Jovi highest-grossing tour

LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER: Bon Jovi registered the highest-grossing tour of a historically bad year for the concert biz with $201.1 million worldwide, $108.2 million of the total in North America, according to Pollstar stats. The rest of the worldwide top five: AC/DC ($177 million), U2 ($160.9 million), Lady Gaga ($133.6 million) and Metallica ($110.1 million). In this hemisphere, Roger Waters’ remounting of The Wall was #2 with $89.5 million, followed by the Dave Matthews Band ($72.9 million), Michael Bublé ($65.7 million) and the Eagles ($64.5 million). Collectively, the top 50 N.A. tours took in $1.69 billion, roughly 15% under last year’s $1.99 billion. Global top 50 tour grosses were $2.93 billion, a 12% drop from 2009’s $3.34 billion. Total ticket sales dropped 12% in North America, from 29.9 million in 2009 to 26.2 million last year, and decreased 7% worldwide, from 45.3 million in 2009 to 38.3 million in 2010. More in the L.A. Times. (12/29a)

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