Springsteen's 'River' roadshow is highest grossing tour of 2016

Springsteen's 'River' roadshow is highest grossing tour of 2016

For Bruce Springsteen, the river ran gold in 2016. 

The Boss’s extensive roadshow, devoted primarily to the 35th anniversary of his album “The River,” is the highest-grossing tour of the year, according to Pollstar, a music industry publication.

The 89-date trek, which will finally conclude in New Zealand in late February, has so far grossed $266.5 million, beating out the year’s fellow top draws Coldplay, Guns N’ Roses and Beyonce, who finished second with $262 million. 

The tour, with E Street Band in tow, began back in mid-January and included a Jan. 31 date at Prudential Center in Newark, as well as three incredible showings at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford — rarified set lists and record-breaking show lengths for each of the Aug. 23, 25 and 30 shows. 

The news follows Forbes’ December report that Springsteen himself earned $60 million between June 2015 and June 2016, making him the tenth-highest-paid musician in that timeframe. With stadium performances — as well as his best-selling autobiography sales — not included in that total, chances are Springsteen, 67, will appear on lists like these again in 2017. A new solo album is expected in 2017 as well. 

Bobby Olivier may be reached at bolivier@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobbyOlivier. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Published at Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000