George Strait, Billy Joel, Cher Top Midyear List of 2014 Highest-Grossing North American Tours

By Staff

Six months into 2014, and George Strait is coming out on top.

According to a mid-year list of the Top 100 North American Tours released by Pollstar, the country legend’s Cowboy Rides Away Tour grossed $61.8 million, making it the highest-grossing concert tour of the year so far in North America.

A cool $10 million below Strait is Billy Joel, who has grossed $50.7 million so far. Cher earned $48.5 million, nabbing her a third-place spot on the list.

The top 10 was rounded out by Justin Timberlake, the joint tour of Paul Simon and Sting, Elton John, Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Cirque du Soleil and Bruno Mars.

Related: George Strait Breaks Attendance Record During Final ‘Cowboy Rides Away’ Concert

According to Pollstar, this annual midyear ranking is based on North American shows played between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2014. All ticket sales are calculated in U.S. dollars and based on a combination of reported information and Pollstar‘s own research. Music festival performances are not included in the totals.

Initially announced in late 2012, the Cowboy Rides Away Tour was Strait’s last major concert expedition, encompassing some four dozen shows spread across the past two years. The final show took place June 7, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. More than 104,000 fans joined him for that performance, breaking the attendance record for North American indoor concerts.

The final tour tallies for 2014 will likely look much different, since Strait has no new concerts planned. Joel, on the other hand, has more dates scheduled on his 2014 tour, including an indefinite residency at Madison Square Garden in New York. Same goes for Cher, who announced her current tour last year and now has dates scheduled all the way into November.

On a global scale, One Direction topped the list of top-grossing worldwide concert tours so far in 2014, according to Pollstar.


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