The Straits Times
Published on Jan 05, 2013

Madonna, Bruce Springsteen biggest 2012 world tours


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Pop and rock music legends bested their younger chart-topping competition on the concert trail in 2012, according to data released on Friday by trade publication Pollstar.

Pop matriarch Madonna, 54, led all competition, grossing some US$296.1 million (S$362 million) in ticket sales in her 88-show world tour.

She topped Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (US$210.2 million) and Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters (US$186.4 million).

The elder statesmen of the music world, while no longer topping the charts or scoring radio hits, are doing well because their older audiences can afford to pay higher ticket prices, Mr Gary Bongiovanni, Pollstar editor, told Reuters.