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Guns N’ Roses beat U2 as best-selling 2017 tour – Pollstar

Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour is the biggest-selling tour of 2017 so far, according to data released by Pollstar, having shipped more than 2.2 million tickets already.

U2’s 30th anniversary ‘Joshua Tree’ tour came in second place in Pollstar’s Q3 report after shifting more than 2.1 million tickets, with the Disney on Ice tour at No.3 with 1.5 million tickets sold.

The total number of tickets sold during the 2017 Q3 period sits at 26.4 million with the total for the year to date reaching more than 100 million. The top 100 tours make up just under half of the total number of tickets sold at 48 million, according to the Pollstar database.

Other bands included in the top-selling list are Depeche Mode and Coldplay, with 1.27 million and 1.26 million tickets sold, respectively. The latter totalled $56.28m (€47.9m/£42.7m) for the quarter.

Pollstar reports that The O2 Arena in London has remained the busiest in the world, selling more than 1.2 million tickets. New York’s Madison Square Garden Arena was in second place, having shifted a total of 781,606 tickets, while Glasgow’s The SSE Hydro has moved down a place to No.3 with 704,000 sold.

Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany and the Manchester Arena reached No.4 and No.5, respectively.

Meanwhile, Live Nation sold 33.2 million tickets, making it the dominant promoter, selling more than three times as many tickets as second placed AEG Presents with 11 million. The UK’s SJM Concerts shifted 1.7 million, while Ireland’s MCD Productions sold 1.2 million tickets.

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