U2’s 360 word tour was the highest earning tour of 2011, according to new statistics. Which is really surprising, because I didn’t even know U2 was still a thing. Not to mention Lady Gaga toured this year, and well, people are obsessed with Lady Gaga.
She could release an album of herself belching, and the world be like,”omg she’s so edgy and profound. This one burp really speaks to me.”
Anyway, U2’s series of concerts began in 2009 and grossed $293 million over 44 shows this year, according to Billboard Boxscore. All shows were sold out.
Bon Jovi were the highest earning act in 2010, and they took second place, earning $192 million for 68 shows throughout 2011. Roger Waters (the dude from Pink Floyd), and Taylor Swift, as well as Usher and, yes, Lady Gaga were also named in the top ten tour earners.
And despite U2’s massive superstardom, frontman Bono says he still gets intimidated by other artists. Specifically, Alicia Keys.
“I was terrified the moment I met her. I was shaking in my boots,” Bono said at the premiere of Keys’ documentary, Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys. He added that she has a “lioness energy.” Meaning she likes to eat zebra.
Bono recalls the first time he met the singer.
“I was very moved by her singing of course,” he said. “But what was interesting [were] the hard questions afterwards, and I think it’s those hard questions that she asks that lead her.”