Bon Jovi, Pink, Bruce Springsteen Top Money Tours of 2013

It’s the end of the year, which can only mean one thing. (Well, actually, it can mean a number of things, but let’s pretend it only means one thing.) And that thing is? It’s time to turn 2013 into a competition according to specific sets of criteria and declare a number of winners. This time it’s the turn of the biggest money-making tours.

And the winner is…Bon Jovi, who, thirty years after first forming, have scored the most successful world concert tour of 2013.

Their Because We Can tour grossed $229 million over 102 dates that started in February. Yup, $229 MILLION.

The figures don’t take into account the Australian stadium leg – tomorrow’s show in Brisbane is the last date of the band’s entire world tour.

The tour has survived a few hiccups too, including, most notably, the unexpected departure of guitarist Richie Sambora in March. In total, the tour shifted over 2.2 million tickets globally.

“This is crazy business doing stadiums 30 years on,” Jon Bon Jovi said in Melbourne. “I think that generation tells the next generation you gotta see this band live. That’s the blessing. It’s more than guys that grew up in the ’80s.”

Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour was second on the list, followed by popstar Pink.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band placed fourth on the list after grossing $147m from 53 shows, and were just ahead of Rihanna, after she played to more than 1.5m fans during the year, bringing in £137m.

It is, apparently, the third time a tour by Bon Jovi has finished as Billboard’s highest grossing of the year.

The band, which is fronted by Jon Bon Jovi, or Jon Bon, as some (I) prefer to call him, previously achieved the feat in 2008 and 2010.

On behalf of everyone at Concert Tour, congratulations Jon Bon, on your massive pile of money.