KISS/AEROSMITH, METALLICA Among 2003's Most Successful Tours

KISS/AEROSMITH and METALLICA's "Summer Sanitarium" were among the Top 10-grossing tours of 2003 through Nov. 18, according to Billboard Boxscore, which tracks touring activity.

As Billboard continues to expand its touring coverage, concert activity is at an all-time high. A record 13,437 worldwide concerts were reported in 2003 to Billboard Boxscore — an increase of 25% from the previous year.

In North America alone, the concert industry reported a record $2.2 billion in gross box-office revenue for the year.

The Top 10-Grossing tours of 2003, according to Billboard:

01. THE ROLLING STONES: $299.5 Million
02. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: $181.7 Million
03. CHER: $76.3 Million
04. FLEETWOOD MAC: $69.2 million
05. EAGLES: $67.5 million
06. DIXIE CHICKS: $62.2 million
07. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: $52.6 million
08. AEROSMITH & KISS: $50 million
09. METALLICA's Summer Sanitarium: $48.5 million
10. BILLY JOEL & ELTON JOHN: $45.8 million

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