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14 August 2022

Iron Maiden, Van Halen Ranked Among Biggest Hard Rock Touring Acts In Pollstar Report

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Iron Maiden, Van Halen and ZZ Top all rate among the top metal and hard rock touring acts of the past 40 years according to a new report recently published by Pollstar.

For its 40th anniversary, Pollstar, the trade publication dedicated to covering the worldwide concert industry, has created two special charts that reflect the overall impact of box-office realities during the four decades of the Pollstar Era, beginning in 1980 through the present.

The two special charts present the “Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era”, both ranking the top 150 headlining acts during Pollstar’s entire history. Each listing is comprised of cumulative totals for each artist and compiled from all the thousands of box-office reports Pollstar received since the early 1980s. Both charts present the Top Touring Artists, but one is ranked by gross and the other by the number of tickets sold.

For both, Pollstar has counted only headlining shows for each act, omitting results from any festival appearance since the festival itself is eligible to rank on the All-Time Box office chart, as many of them have. Pollstar also did not include any event where the touring artist participated as a support act.

Metallica are officially the top touring metal act of the past 40 years according to the new report. Iron Maiden came in at No. 44, with other notable acts including Muse at No. 51, Van Halen and No. 91, ZZ Top at No. 97 and Green Day at No. 119.

Notable metal and hard rock acts included on the “Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Box office Grosses” were as follows:

#9 METALLICA ($1,219,599,179)
#23 GUNS N’ ROSES ($751,306,152)
#27 AC/DC ($668,427,967)
#41 KISS ($532,363,017)
#42 DEF LEPPARD ($514,231,844)
#44 IRON MAIDEN ($475,817,777)
#51 MUSE ($413,911,387)
#55 FOO FIGHTERS ($397,110,491)
#63 MÖTLEY CRÜE ($367,345,912)
#65 PEARL JAM ($351,816,504)
#73 RUSH ($341,767,928)
#89 Vans Warped Tour ($296,571,532)
#91 VAN HALEN ($295,611,828)
#97 ZZ TOP ($278,705,470)
#99 SCORPIONS ($271,865,172)
#100 TOOL ($269,044,896)
#113 QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ($225,209,819)
#119 GREEN DAY ($204,959,692)
#132 OZZY OSBOURNE ($186,754,231)
#143 Ozzfest ($174,320,095).

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