Garth Brooks Is Country Music’s Top Tour Money-maker of 2015
Garth Brooks is on a roll. Only a few days after claiming the top spot on Forbes' 2015 Highest-Paid Country Acts list, the singer has also claimed the No. 2 spot on Pollstar's list of the top-grossing North American touring artists for the first half of 2015.
Brooks, who has earned $79.9 million in revenue from 74 shows played this year, narrowly missed the No. 1 spot, claimed by the Rolling Stones, who have made $80.5 million so far in 2015. Fleetwood Mac came in at No. 3, having earned $65.9 million thus far in 2015, while Kenny Chesney came in at No. 4, earning $55.8 million so far in 2015, and U2 claimed the fifth spot ($40.3 million).
Other country artists on the list include Luke Bryan at No. 12 ($25.9 million), Eric Church at No. 15 ($24.4 million), Shania Twain at No. 25 ($17 million), Miranda Lambert at No. 28 ($16 million) and Florida Georgia Line, who round out the Top 30, ($14.9 million). Country-turned-pop megastar Taylor Swift landed at No. 8 ($35.6 million).
Brooks, who launched his World Tour, which he has said will last three years, last September, says that he will be switching things up when the second leg of the tour kicks off in Dallas, Texas, in September.
“We have taken a lot of looks at what’s working, got rid of things that weren’t, and we’re coming out with a brand-new look,” Brooks says. “We’re gonna re-design the whole video world, the wings of the stage are a little different, and the setlist is kind of … it’s starting to fall into the sweet spot.”
Brooks is on hiatus from his rigorous touring schedule for the next few weeks. His Dallas run is scheduled for Sept. 17-22. A list of all of his upcoming shows is available here.
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