(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi has been named Top-Grossing Touring Act of the Year by Billboard magazine. It's the second time in three years the band has earned that honor.
Twenty-six years after they first came on the scene, the group is, as the magazine says, "hitting its touring peak." The band's Circle tour grossed $146.5 million over 69 shows in the past year, and all of them were sold out. The tour will continue as a greatest hits tour, ramping up again in North America in February, and then in Europe in the spring.
Commenting on being named touring kings of the year, Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard, "It doesn't mean anything to the public...they come to see it because they've seen it before and they're willing to spend their disposable dollars...but in the industry, all your peers are going to look at it...it's a nice industry asterisk for sure. U2 are paying attention."
Speaking of U2, they came in at number two on Billboard's list of top tours, raking in $131.5 million over 22 sold-out shows on their U2360 tour. The band had to scrap all their spring dates when Bono needed back surgery.
AC/DC was number three, followed by Lady Gaga, who's still in her first-ever year as a headlining act. Others making Billboard's list of the top ten highest-grossing touring acts of the year include The Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor & Carole King, The Eagles and Paul McCartney.
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