The Top Earning Rock and Metal Acts of 2019 Revealed!

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Pollstar Publishes The Top Eraning Rock and Metal Acts of 2019!

Pollstar recently published two Top 100 lists, one for the top grossing worldwide tours and one tabulating the top grossing North American tours thus far. Loudwire complied the biggest rock and metal touring acts rom the list

Metallica have played just 26 shows so far in 2019, but because these were huge gigs that landed them at the No. 4 spot for worldwide tour earnings, which included all touring artists, not just rock and metal. They’ve collected a whopping $69.7 million. KISS ($58.1 million) and Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($57.3 million) No other rock acts cracked the top 10 touring acts.

Pollstar 2019 Midyear Worldwide Tours:

04. Metallica ($69.7 million)
07. KISS ($58.1 million)
08. Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($57.3 million)
30. Twenty One Pilots ($23.1 million)
43. Panic! At the Disco ($15.1 million)
48. Roger Waters ($11.9 million)
51. Disturbed ($11 million)
61. Muse ($9.3 million)
62. Aerosmith ($9.2 million)
65. Weezer/Pixies ($9 million)
75. Shinedown ($8.1 million)
100. Def Leppard ($5.6 million)

Pollstar 2019 Midyear North American Tours:

05. KISS ($58.1 million)
06.Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($57.3 million)
12. Metallica ($41.7 mllion)
31. Panic! At the Disco ($12.9 million)
35. Disturbed ($10.6 million)
39. Muse ($9.3 million)
40. Aerosmith ($9.2 million)
42. Weezer/Pixies ($9 million)
44. Roger Waters ($8.6 million)
48. Shinedown ($8.1 million)
72. Twenty One Pilots ($5 million)
74. Nine Inch Nails ($4.8 million)
80. Greta Van Fleet ($4.5 million)
81. Five Finger Death Punch/Breaking Benjamin ($4.4 million)
96. Bring Me the Horizon ($3.6 million)

Former Guns N’ Roses Manager Slams Duff McKagan

Former Guns N’ Roses and LA Guns manager Raz Cue commented Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s recent support for the #meToo movement and how despite some offensive lyrics, Guns N’ Roses weren’t bad guys like Harvey Weinstein. He also accused an unnamed past or present Guns N’ Roses member of selling drugs in the past. Raz wrote on his personal blog: We interviewed Raz Cue a while back. Check it out below!

Hello Duff, Raz Cue here. How’s it going, buddy? Long time! First let me say, your fans have been very kind and supportive of my book. For that, I am forever thankful. It was fun while it lasted.


Never the less, I feel compelled to ask you a few questions. Remember, not too long ago, when you said this?

“I’m sure stuff was going on, Harvey Weinstein stuff and all that, but we hated that! If we saw that stuff going on around us, we didn’t allow it to happen around us. We were still good dudes,” he says. “None of our friends said, ‘Grab her by the p****.’ You know what I mean? Who would say something like that? And I don’t mean to be political against the dude who said that; it’s just an idiotic, stupid thing to say, for any man. And that’s the way I’ve always thought. So ’80s, or now — I could’ve written ‘Last September’ in the ’80s.”

C’mon man, seriously? You can’t utter such absurdities and expect to go unchallenged. The hypocrisy coming from someone that is a member in good standing of your cesspool of an industry means I am compelled to call “radishes” on this one.

You had a smack dealer in your band. Still consider that the profession of a “good dude?”

Remember that song your band did, about killing one’s girlfriend to shut her up? According to the lyrics, we were told to “take it for what it is.” A joke. Is it okay to make light of domestic abuse, but not to poke fun at a certain type of women who has so little self-respect that she’ll let a famous rich dude do whatever he wants? You ever meet any women who fit that description? More than one? A thousand?

What about all the credible allegations of abuse – mental, physical and sexual – leveled against your singer, by several women in his life?

He then described an alleged story that has been discussed in Slash’s book about Axl Rose and a 15-year old girl from the mid-80’s that ended up with police involvement. He later added:

Do you wish the victim would just shut up and go away, so as to not interrupt your virtue signaling? Does it annoy you that she was scarred for life? Do you feel pestered by her seeking some sort of acknowledgment, apology, or even gratitude for “taking one for the team” so that you guys could live your dreams? I know. Right?

Personally, I am sick and tired of being preached to about acceptable morals and virtue from the narcissistic, privileged and dimwitted members of the entertainment industry who have celebrated, amplified and cheered our country’s moral, ethical and spiritual decay.

I miss being able to freely and openly joke around about anything my twisted brain finds amusing. Sadly, our culture has been hijacked by arbiters of outrage. The perpetually offended paragons of virtue incessantly shaming whoever does not conform to “politically correct” do’s and don’ts is not a healthy construct. If laughter is the best medicine, then why are we cutting off the supply?

Donald Trump cracks me up almost every day. He is without a doubt the most punk rock, anti-establishment president in our great nation’s history? We “The Deplorables” knowingly and eagerly elected an outsider and disrupter to deliver a magnitude 8.0 shakeup to the corrupt, inefficient and power mad “Swamp.” Where we go one, we go all. MAGA!

Right on, take care, and tell Axl I said “Hey.”