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Madonna, Bruce Springsteen top list of 2012’s highest grossing tours

By Allison Sylte

Bruce Springsteen might be the Boss, but he doesn’t make as much as Madonna, whose 2012 tour outgrossed his by nearly $30 million.

Madonna’s MDNA tour had a total gross of $228,406,085, selling out 72 of its 72 dates between Nov. 9, 2011 and Nov. 13, 2012, according to a list released today by Billboard.

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band ranked a distant second, raking in $199,371,791, and selling out 54 of its 72 shows. Ultimately though, Springsteen had higher attendance (2,165,925) than Madonna (1,635,176), perhaps proving that people are willing to pay more to hear songs about being a material girl than tunes about working class dreams.

Roger Waters, Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Tribute tour, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, Van Halen, Jay-Z and Kanye West, and Andre Rieu (he plays the violin) finished up the top 10.

Nickelback, which ranked 17th on the list, grossed more than Elton John, Justin Bieber, Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts — a pretty big accomplishment, given that they’re world’s most hated band.

Springsteen made a stop at the Pepsi Center on Nov. 19, and Madonna graced the same Denver arena on Oct. 18.

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Pop music blogger Allison Sylte is a Fort Collins-based writer and new contributor to Reverb. Find her on Twitter.

  • Stefanos Kapiris

    It’s not about quantity but about quality. Bruce plays more dates world wide. His tickets are cheaper and his shows are 3 hour long. Keep rocking Bruce. You have our greek support!

  • abhi

    bruce you are the unstoppable power of of Rock and Roll , Keep on rocking