Pollstar: Tour & Destroy: The Case For Metallica As The World's Biggest Touring Act
Metallica is a touring force of nature. Not only did the band pioneer and refine a style of heavy metal that continues to inspire generations of fans and musicians 38 years after they first began, but the stalwart foursome has retained and even continued to gain relevance as a high-octane touring band, headlining stadiums and arenas and setting touring records at will across the globe while showing no sign of slowing down. Making the case for Metallica as the biggest all-time touring band is not difficult. The numbers speak for themselves: according to Pollstar Boxoffice, Metallica sold nearly 22.1 million total tickets and grossed some $1.4 billion since 1982, dwarfing huge rock bands of the era including AC/DC (14.3 million tickets) and Ozzy Osbourne (10 million, 13.2 if counting Ozzy plus Black Sabbath). The closest competitor on dollars grossed is Guns N’ Roses, with nearly $800 million grossed largely thanks to the band’s mammoth "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour.