Guns N’ Roses are still packing heat.
The reunited stadium rockers have shifted more concert tickets than any other act in the world this year, according to a mid-year report published by touring trade title Pollstar.
The classic lineup of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan (drummer Steve Adler has appeared sparingly) is hitting it out the park with their Not In This Lifetime trek, which has sold nearly 1.4 million tickets this year and generated a whopping US$151.5 million.
Nostalgia is a powerful factor on box office right now. U2’s global trek to commemorate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree is in a distant second place, selling almost a million tickets in the first half for a gross of US$118 million (U2 is steaming ahead, according to data published separately by Billboard, which shows the Irish veterans sold more than 523,000 tickets and made US$61.5 million in just nine dates from June 11-July 1.
Also, heritage acts account for the lion’s share of the top 50 earners. A glance through the top 20 reveals some familiar faces in Metallica (No. 4), Depeche Mode (No. 5), Red Hot Chili Peppers (No. 6), Garth Brooks (No. 12), Take That (No. 13), Celine Dion (No. 14), Bon Jovi (No. 17), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (No. 18), Green Day (No. 19) and a Tim McGraw / Faith Hill double bill (No. 20).