AC/DC's 'Black Ice Tour' Is Second-Highest-Grossing Concert Tour In History

After 168 shows, with an attendance of nearly 4.9 million and a gross of roughly $441.6 million, AC/DC's 2008-2010 "Black Ice" tour is said to be the second-highest-grossing concert tour in history, behind THE ROLLING STONES' 2005-2007 "A Bigger Bang" tour, which grossed $558.3 million from 147 shows.

AC/DC's 2008-2010 "Black Ice" tour statistics:

2008:

Gross: $37.5 million from 28 shows
Average Gross: $1,339,286
Average Ticket Price (estimate): $93.75
Attendance (estimate): 400,000
Average Attendance (estimate): 14,286

2009:

Gross: $226.6 million from 99 shows
Average Gross: $2,288,888
Average Ticket Price: $85.50
Attendance: 2,649,982
Average Attendance: 26,771

2010:

Gross: $177.5 million from 40 shows
Average Gross: $4,437,500
Average Ticket Price: $97.30
Attendance: 1,823,122
Average Attendance: 45,606

Totals:

Gross: $441.6 million from 168 shows
Average Gross: $2,628,571
Average Ticket Price (estimate): $90.60
Attendance (estimate): 4,873,104
Average Attendance (estimate): 29,013

According to Billboard magazine, "Black Ice" has clearly tapped into a demand for AC/DC, resulting from the band's eight-year absence from touring, and takes its place as one of the band's most successful tours.

AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young were honored in the "Songwriter Of The Year" category at the 2010 APRA Music Awards, which were held June 21 at a red-carpet gala event at the Sydney Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. The Young brothers also took home the accolade for "Most Played Australian Work Overseas" for the AC/DC single "Rock 'N Roll Train".

AC/DC's 2008 album release, "Black Ice", peaked at No. 1 across 27 countries and sold more than 1,700,000 units in its first week.

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