Veteran rockers claim top touring spots

Dec. 16, 2003 at 11:39 AM

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Cher headlined the top three touring acts of 2003, according to a report published Tuesday by Billboard.

With data compiled through Nov. 18, the Rolling Stones' "Licks" world tour topped the list, grossing $299.5 million while playing to more than 3.4 million people.

Springsteen, always a popular touring act, brought in $181.7 million while Cher grossed $76.3 million.

The other acts making up the Top 10 were: Fleetwood Mac ($69.2 million), Dixie Chicks ($62.2 million), Eagles ($53.7 million), Dave Matthews Band ($52.6 million), Aerosmith and Kiss ($50 million), Metallica's Summer Sanitarium ($48.5 million) and Billy Joel and Elton John ($45.8 million).

Country music acts scored a record five acts in the Top 25. After the Dixie Chicks, top country tours were: Toby Keith ($41.2 million), Kenny Chesney ($39.7 million), Tim McGraw ($33 million) and Shania Twain ($25.3 million).

Chesney sold 1.15 million tickets, more than any other country act, including the Dixie Chicks.

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