Veteran Rockers Elton John, Bob Seger Among 2019’s Best-Selling Touring Artists

Legendary performers in the twilight of their careers were in high demand this year. Famed rockers Elton John, the Rolling Stones and Bob Seger were the best-selling touring artists of 2019, according to Ticket Club data.

John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour outsold the rest for the second consecutive year. He added dozens of shows to his itinerary as he continues to sell out each venue he headlines. In addition, Sir Elton had various media projects to boost his overall relevance in 2019. His life played out on the big screen in the acclaimed musical-fantasy film Rocketman. To a greater extent, he opened up to fans in his new autobiography Me.

Following closely behind at No. 2 are the Rolling Stones. However, their wildly successful No Filter tour nearly didn’t happen as Mick Jagger underwent a heart procedure weeks before the tour’s scheduled launch. They did eventually headline several North American stadiums, albeit a few weeks later than originally promised.

Seger earned the No. 3 ranking for his farewell tour. Fellow rockers Paul McCartney and Queen finished at No. 5 and 7, respectively. Ariana Grande earned the most pop prowess at No. 6. Meanwhile Cher’s ever-extending Here We Go Again Tour brought her up to No. 8. See the 50 best-selling touring artists below.

Top 50 Best-Selling Touring Artists of 2019

Sales RankArtistAverage Ticket Price
1Elton John$265
2The Rolling Stones$298
3Bob Seger$172
4Garth Brooks$155
5Paul McCartney$250
6Ariana Grande$180
7Queen & Adam Lambert$257
8Luke Combs$133
9Cher$182
10KISS$138
11Florida Georgia Line$100
12Trans-Siberian Orchestra$107
13Michael Buble$184
14Billy Joel$208
15Jason Aldean$102
16Fleetwood Mac$208
17BTS$215
18Celine Dion$169
19Jonas Brothers$141
20Jennifer Lopez$165
21Carrie Underwood$132
22Pink$194
23Chris Stapleton$142
24Luke Bryan$105
25Shawn Mendes$147
26Andrea Bocelli$270
27Justin Timberlake$188
28Hugh Jackman$144
29Eric Church$140
30Metallica$240
31Phil Collins$201
32Hootie & the Blowfish$91
33Thomas Rhett$99
34Post Malone$170
35Billie Eilish$224
36Zac Brown Band$108
37Jimmy Buffett$120
38Iron Maiden$108
39The Who$126
40Dead & Company$141
41Twenty One Pilots$118
42Khalid$111
43Lynyrd Skynyrd$94
44Pentatonix$83
45John Mayer$173
46Kenny Chesney$143
47Miranda Lambert$114
48Travis Scott$112
49Peter Frampton$108
50Mary J. Blige & Nas$90

Best-Selling Touring Artists by Genre

With legacy rockers like Elton John, Bob Seger, Queen, Paul McCartney, KISS and the Rolling Stones at the top of the list, it’s no surprise that the genre was adequately represented in tour ticket sales. But rock’s influence was felt throughout the year with Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, The Who, Billy Joel, Dead & Company and more making the cut.

Rock musicians accounted for nearly half of the overall sales garnered by the 50 best-selling touring artists, claiming 46 percent of the total. Pop artists, from Shawn Mendes to JLo and even Billie Eilish, fared well but could not catch the rockers with only 26 percent of sales. Country acts closely followed, bolstered by top 10 fixtures Garth Brooks and Luke Combs, plus Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Chris Stapleton. On the other hand, hip-hop artists struggled to make a sales impact. The genre snagged 3 percent of the total, largely thanks to Post Malone and Travis Scott.

Best Selling Touring Artists by Genre

Average Concert Ticket Prices by Genre

Each musical genre differed in concert sales figures this year. However, they faced similar pricing trends. Rock and pop concerts garnered average ticket prices upwards of $170. On the other hand, country and hip-hop shows cost roughly $50 less. Classical crossover giant Andrea Bocelli – the only year-end bestseller to not fit the four main genres – had some of the highest ticket prices of his own. Fans paid roughly $270 to see the Italian tenor in concert this year.

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