Top Country Tours of 2012

Brothers of the Sun

Brothers of the Sun

Eight country stars ranked on the Top 50 Worldwide Tours list, recently released by Pollstar and based on gross box office receipts for 2012. Leading the country set by a longshot is the Tim McGraw/Kenny Chesney Brothers of the Sun package, which brought in 96.5 million to rank No. 7 on the overall list.

Madonna scored the No. 1 slot with a gross of $296.1 million, followed by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at No. 2 ($210.2 million), and Roger Waters at No. 3 ($186.4 million).

Combined gross receipts, ticket sales and ticket prices for the chart were slightly down from 2011, and way off from 2009’s robust touring year. Details here and complete Top 50 chart here.

Top Grossing Country tours

No. 7 Tim McGraw/Kenny Chesney, 96.5 million
No. 24 Jason Aldean, 40 million
No. 28 Brad Paisley, 36.8 million
No. 32 Lady Antebellum, 35.7 million
No. 42 Zac Brown Band, 31.3 million
No. 43 Eric Church, 31.2 million
No. 47 Carrie Underwood, 29.2 million
No. 48 Rascal Flatts, 29.1 million

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