Guns N’ Roses have collected quite the pay packet from their current reunion tour, with 2018 making it the second highest grossing concert tour of all time.
According to Pollstar, the Not In This Lifetime world tour took in $82.4 million in 2018, on top of the $475 million cumulative gross from dates in 2016 and 2017.
With the tour taking in at least $557.4 million to date (Blabbermouth report that the tour has actually made $562 million) one can only imagine what the supports are making from those gigs, let alone the band themselves.
The only tour to beat GnR was U2’s 360 Tour that took in a staggering $736 million.
Rounding out the top 5 are The Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Roger Waters (never discount prog rock folks). You can get the full download on the rankings as they stood in 2017 here.
Check out U2 rake in the millions by the night below
The Not In This Lifetime tour, featuring 3 of the band’s original members (Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan) touched down in Australia early last year, playing capacity stadiums around the country.
Unlike previous tours, the band were markedly professional with (somewhat) prompt arrivals onstage and unrelenting energy across mammoth 3 hour sets.
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Apart from an awkward start in Melbourne (the crowd were greeted as ‘Sydney’) reviews for the tour were glowing, with “fireworks blasting from the side of the enormous stage as front-man Axl Rose began working the crowd into a frenzy.”
The 125 show tour wrapped up just a few weeks ago in Honolulu, with 96.8% of tickets for the entire tour being sold.
Now to wait another 6 years before Russian Democracy arrives…