Red Hot Chili Peppers & Motley Crue Get Big Paychecks


Live music recently made its comeback after a couple of years of struggle. Several musicians are back on the road. There are several reports of resource shortages that are affecting many bands and forcing them to cancel entire runs, the big names of the industry seem to be doing just fine such as Motley Crue.

Motley takes fourth spot; Ed Sheeran tops the list on Bestselling Tours Rankings

Pollstar has recently documented the current bestselling tours by the average number of tickets sold, and rock and metal are well represented in the top 10.

It has been noted that the list is topped by Ed Sheeran with an average of 73,000 tickets sold per show, amounting to a total of 98% of venue capacity, the popstar actually made slightly less gross income than Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are No. 3.

Sheeran’s average gross is roughly $50,000 less than the iconic rock band despite them selling around 10,000 tickets less. Following that are Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard with their much-discussed Stadium Tour.

The run sold 36,000 tickets at a 98.8% venue capacity, placing the bands at No. 4. And for the fans of old-school metal, Iron Maiden is the highest-placed band at No. 6, with an average of 27,000 tickets sold per show, at a 98.4% capacity.

You can check out the complete Top 10 below:

  1. Ed Sheeran – 73,340 tickets/show
  2. Coldplay – 66,429 tickets/show
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – 60,033 tickets/show
  4. Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard – 36,513 tickets/show
  5. Billy Joel – 33,414 tickets/show
  6. Iron Maiden – 27,369 tickets/show
  7. Kenny Chesney – 26,066 tickets/show
  8. Lewis Capaldi – 20,595 tickets/show
  9. Harry Styles – 19,343 tickets/show
  10. The Lumineers – 14,893 tickets/show