Roger Waters has been tearing down "The Wall" at concert venues around the world this year, while blowing up the box office at the same time. The former Pink Floyd singer/bassist's The Wall Live trek easily tops Pollstar's mid-year list of the most successful global tours. More than 1.4 million tickets were sold for the outing, which grossed a whopping $158.1 million.
Finishing a distant second were Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, whose tour grossed $79.9 million internationally during the first six months of 2012.
Meanwhile, the King of Pop proved that, even after death, he still has the magical ability to sell concert tickets, as Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal production landed at #3 on the tally. The extravaganza's performances grossed $78.5 million.
Other artists landing high on the Pollstar worldwide tally include Van Halen at #6 with $44.9 million in sales receipts, Madonna at #8 with $42.1 million in sales, Paul McCartney at #9 with $40.1 million in sales and Elton John at #11 with $37.4 in sales.
As for Pollstar's list of the most successful North American tours for the first half of 2012, Michael Jackson: The Immortal came in first, while Waters landed at #2, Van Halen at #3, Springsteen and the E Streeters at #7 and Elton at #8.
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