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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 December, 2003, 12:20 GMT
Springsteen tops concert earners
Bruce Springsteen
High earners: Springsteen with the E Street Band
Rock star Bruce Springsteen was the highest-earning touring performer in the US in 2003.

Springsteen and his E Street Band made $115.9m (65.7m) on 47 shows, including 13 stadium shows in the New York area.

The figures put him second only to the Rolling Stones for the most money ever earned in a year. The Stones earned $121.2m in 1994.

Celine Dion made $80.5m (45.6m) from live shows, while the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac made $69m (39m) each.

Springsteen's world tour ended in October with two dates at the legendary Shea Stadium in New York.

Industry magazine Pollstar, which compiles the figures, estimates the US concert business will make $2.4 billion in 2003 - its fourth record-setting year in a row.

Editor Gary Bongiovanni said it was down to fans accepting higher ticket prioces for tours.

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - $115.9m
2. Celine Dion - 80.5m
3. Eagles - $69.3m
4. Fleetwood Mac - $69m
5. Cher - $68.2m
6. Simon and Garfunkel - $64.5m
7. Aerosmith/Kiss - $64m
8. Dixie Chicks - $60.5m
9. Billy Joel/ Elton John - $50.9m
10. Metallica Summer Sanitarium Tour - $48.8m
Source: Pollstar
"Back in 1994 when the Eagles charged $100 a ticket, there was practically rebellion in the streets," he said.

Celine Dion, the Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel and the Billy Joel-Elton John double bill all charged more than $100 (56) a ticket, on average.

Dion's takings came from 145 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Biongiovanni said: "If you're wondering why Elton John is considering camping there for a while - that's why. You can make a lot of money and you don't have to travel."

Major acts touring the US in 2004 include Britney Spears, U2, and Canadian rock trio Rush.

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