Roger Waters’ live tour has outsold Bruce Springsteen and Madonna to become the top-selling live act in 2012 so far.
The former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter's The Last Few Bricks tour in America and Canada has sold more than 1.4 million tickets globally – that’s $158.1 million – according to Pollstar Magazine which monitors the live concert business.
Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour, which started in March, came in a distant second making $79.9 million in ticket sales, and Madonna’s world tour came in third totaling $42 million so far.
In tough times for concert promoters, ticket prices have dropped by an average of $6.34 to $60.68 – the lowest price since 2007 in what Pollstar called ‘today’s economic realities’.
Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Madonna and Paul McCartney have also been on the road this year and have helped push ticket sales for the 100 largest American concerts up 1.2 per cent, selling a record 18.6 million tickets to the tune of $1.1 billion.
But Waters’ time at the top could be short lived according to Pollstar.
The magazine wrote: ‘While Waters still has a few walls left to build on his itinerary, Springsteen also has a long way to go before the end of the Wrecking Ball tour, and still could finish with the year's top outing.
‘Madonna has yet to hit North America (and) also has an outside shot.’
Waters, 68, who sang and played bass for Pink Floyd, wrote the hit 1979 album The Wall which charts the decline and fall of a rock star so emotionally scarred by the loss of his father during the war that he retreats ever further behind a psychological barrier.
The album was used as the soundtrack to a film of the same name directed by Alan Parker in 1982, which included unforgettable animations of artwork by Gerald Scarfe, and starred Bob Geldof as the angst-ridden rock star Pink, a clear stand-in for Roger Waters.
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