Chesney Ranks In Top Tours of the Decade


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Kenny Chesney comes in at No. 3 on Pollstar’s new list of the Top Tours of the Decade, based on gross box office receipts. With $455 million made on the road over the last decade, he is the only mainstream country star on the list. Chesney spent eight of the last 10 years spent as a headliner.

Coming in at No. 1 is his friend and duet partner Dave Matthews with $529 million, followed by Celine Dion’s Vegas residency drawing $522 million. Rounding out the decade’s Top 10 are stalwarts Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, the Eagles, Elton John and Jimmy Buffett.

On Pollstar’s Top 10 Tours of 2009, Chesney is the only country act, finishing at No. 6 with a gross of $71.1 million. With U2’s stadium-only tour coming in at No. 1, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John & Billy Joel, Britney Spears and AC/DC round out the top 5.

Those who did—or didn’t—catch Chesney’s last run can see his live concert 3-D movie, coming in April.


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