Waters’ Wall tour is biggest seller
Touching scenes: Waters and Gilmour
Roger Waters’ The Wall world tour is the highest-grossing travelling show of the year, say monitors Boxscore Billboard.
Originally bills as the last big trek of the former Pink Floyd mainman’s career, it made $131.4million in the six months up to May 31, 2012 – nearly double the take of number-two attraction, the Michael Jackson Immortal Tour.
Bruce Springsteen took $52.4m over the same period while Van Halen brought in $38.6m and Pearl Jam drew $25.4m.
Waters’ London concert in May saw surviving Floyd members David GIlmour and Nick Mason make guest appearances to an ecstatic response from the audience.
When he announced the project in 2010, Waters said it would be his last-ever tour. But recently he said: “I haven’t made up my mind. I’ve become very enamoured of the outdoor show. It works beautifully, but it’s unbelievably expensive. So we are trying to figure out ways to make the numbers add up to go to Europe in 2013.
“This show is such fun to do that I think I’ve got some more in me.”
Top ten biggest-grossing tours Nov 2011 – May 2012
1. Roger Waters’ The Wall: $131.4m
2. Michael Jackson The Immortal Tour: $68.4m
3. Bruce Springsteen: $52.4m
4. Jay-Z/Kanye West’s The Throne: $46m
5. Lady Gaga: $44m
6. Van Halen: $38.6m
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: $33.4m
8. Taylor Swift: $26.3m
9. Pearl Jam: $25.4m
10. Andre Rieu: $25.3m