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Bon Jovi has top tour of 2013

Tico Torres, left, with Jon Bon Jovi and David Bryan of Bon Jovi.
Tico Torres, left, with Jon Bon Jovi and David Bryan of Bon Jovi. Getty Images

NEW YORK – Bon Jovi not only has the year’s top tour, but the rock band has achieved a career high.

The New Jersey-based act’s worldwide tour grossed $259.5 million this year, topping Pollstar’s annual top 20 list and setting a record for the band itself.

Beyonce is second with $188.6 million. She ended her tour last week in Brooklyn, N.Y. Pink, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Springsteen round out the top five.

Bieber’s Believe tour grossed an estimated $169 million.

Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil ranked No. 7 for the year with its Michael Jackson: The Immortal tour, which earned $133.4 million, and No. 20 with its Corteo show, which made $61.7 million.

The global concert business scored a record year with the top 20 tours, earning $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales. It generated $1.96 billion last year.

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The top 20 list also included Taylor Swift, Elton John, Rihanna, Depeche Mode and One Direction. The Rolling Stones’ comeback tour ranked twelfth, a notch under Paul McCartney.

In all, 13 tours earned more than $100 million.

– with files by Global News