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Forbes Magazine releases list of top earning 2012 musicians

by on Dec.05, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Forbes Magazine releases list of top earning 2012 musicians

Forbes Magazine has released their top earners in music list for 2012 and former Pink Floyd mainman Roger Waters earned more than any other rock musician in 2012. His $88 million was the second-biggest earner overall, with only Dr. Dre bringing in more bank ($110 million)

Dre made the majority (around $100 million) from a business deal related to his beats headphones, but Waters’ income was almost entirely from his Wall world tour. The $158 million came from 63 concerts. Waters has recently announced more open-air Wall shows including one in London next year, so he could quite possibly make next year's list.

Also in the top 20 were rock acts, Elton John ($80 million), U2 ($78 million), Bon Jovi ($60 million), Paul McCartney ($57 million), Foo Fighters ($47 million) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers ($39 million).

Forbes compiled the list from data available between May 2011 and May 2012, including record sales, touring, endorsement deals and other ventures minus management fees, legals costs and tax.

Touring income remains the biggest earner for most big-name musicians. Gary Bongiovianni, editor of trade magazine Pollstar, says: “The concert business had another solid year as both artists and promoters used more caution in trying to achieve their objectives.” But he added: “The good seats for major artists continue to be priced at a premium.”

Forbes’ highest-paid musicians 2012

1. Dr Dre – $110 million
2. Roger Waters – $88 million
3. Elton John – $80 million
4. U2 – $78 million
5. Take That – $69 million
6. Bon Jovi – $60 million
7. Britney Spears – $58 million
8. Paul McCartney – $57 million
8. Taylor Swift – $57 million
10. Justin Bieber – $55 million
10. Toby Keith – $55 million
12. Rihanna – $53 million
13. Lady Gaga – $52 million
14. Foo Fighters – $47 million
15. Diddy – $45 million
15. Katy Perry – $45 million
17. Kenny Chesney – $44 million
18. Beyonce – $40 million
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $39 million
20. Jay-Z – $38 million


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The Rolling Stones deliver in first concert on ’50 Years and Counting’ mini-tour (video)

by on Nov.28, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

The Rolling Stones deliver in first concert on ’50 Years and Counting’ mini-tour (video)

The Rolling Stones will be back onstage tonight in London for the second of two shows at the O2 Arena, with special guests Eric Clapton and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. They will also be joined one again by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who performed with them on Sunday night. At the kickoff of the '50 Years and Counting' mini-tour, the legends of rock delivered a 23-song set. Check out some of the best video of the show below.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts played on a stage shaped like their lips and tongue logo at the first of their five '50 And Counting' shows, with the lower lip made into a catwalk loop. The band were joined by former bassist Bill Wyman making his first appearance with the band since 1990 on 'It's Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It) and 'Honkey Tonk Women,' and ex guitarist Mick Taylor on 'Midnight Rambler,' joining them for the first time since 1981.

Video testimonials from the likes of Pete Townshend, Elton John, Iggy Pop and Nick Cave kicked things off, with the set starting with 'I Wanna Be Your Man.' Mary J Blige made a guest appearance on 'Gimme Shelter,' then Jeff Beck hit the stage for a cover of St Louis Jimmy Oden’s track 'I’m Going Down.'The set also featured both new tracks 'One More Shot' and 'Doom And Gloom.'

The Stones encore consisted of 'Sympathy For The Devil,' 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want' and 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash,' with the London Youth Choir assisting on 'You Can't Always...'.

After the Stones play the O2 Arena tonight, they will make their way to the U.S. for gigs at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on December 8th and at Newark's Prudential Center on December 13th and 15th.

Setlist from Nov. 25th:

I Wanna Be Your Man
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s All Over Now
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter
Wild Horses
All Down the Line
I’m Going Down
Out of Control
One More Shot
Doom and Gloom
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
Honky Tonk Women
Before They Make Me Run
Midnight Rambler
Miss You
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar

Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Jumpin’ Jack Flash


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Celebrity Networth unveils list of richest singers in the world

by on Sep.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Celebrity Networth unveils list of richest singers in the world

After recently giving us the richest drummers in the world, is back with the compiled list for the richest lead singers in the world. It could be obvious to you who is #1, but check out the rest of the top 25 below and the complete list here. The list compiles all information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements to come up with the figures. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents fees, and lifestyle. We can't wait for's next list.

1. Paul McCartney - $800 Million (The Beatles)
2. Bono  - $600 Million (U2) - There was a time when Bono’s net worth could have topped $1 billion. Through his private equity venture Elevation Partners, Bono purchased a 1.5% private stake in Facebook long before the IPO. Had the company achieved a $100 billion market cap, Bono may have been the first billionaire rock star. Currently Facebook’s market cap is $44 billion.
3. Jimmy Buffett - $400 Million
4. Elton John - $320 Million (Solo)
5. Mick Jagger - $305 Million (The Rolling Stones)
6. Sting  - $290 Million (The Police, Solo)
7. Phil Collins - $250 Million (Genesis, Solo)
8. Dave Matthews - $250 Million (Dave Matthews Band)

9. Prince - $250 Million
10. Dave Grohl - $225 Million (Foo Fighters, Nirvana on drums)
11. Rod Stewart - $220 Million
12. David Bowie - $215 Million
13. Bruce Springsteen - $200 Million (The E Street Band)
14. James Hetfield - $175 Million (Metallica)
15: Axl Rose - $150 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
16. Roger Waters - $145 Million (Pink Floyd)
17. David Gilmour - $130 Million (Pink Floyd)
18. Steven Tyler -  $130 Million (Aerosmith)
19. Jon Bon Jovi - $125 Million (Bon Jovi)
20. Anthony Kiedis - $120 Million (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
21. Sammy Hagar - $120 Million (Van Halen/Chickenfoot)
22. Robert Plant - $120 Million (Led Zeppelin)
23. Bruce Dickinson - $115 Million (Iron Maiden)
24. Eric Clapton - $115 Million (Cream, Solo)
25. Ozzy Osbourne - $90 Million (Black Sabbath, Solo)

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Battle of The Meat (loafs)

by on Jul.26, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Battle of The Meat (loafs)

Looks like the Meat is finally hitting the fan, as the original Meat Loaf is suing an impersonator for squatting on the domain name  Dean Torkington, the frontman of ‘To Hell and Back: A Tribute to Meat Loaf’ since 1996, recently told the U.K.'s Daily Mail that the bad blood with Meat Loaf goes all the way back to 2003. I thought impersonation was the ultimate form of flattery.

After a Meat Loaf show that year, Torkington was personally invited backstage by the star, where he was "ordered" by Meat Loaf to remove the artwork from his custom-painted van that features the 'Bat Out of Hell’' album artwork on it.

"I got a tap on my shoulder and this guy tells me Meat Loaf wanted to see me after the show," Torkington explained. "I went backstage and I had him and his manager having a go at me. He said he wanted all the pictures off the side of my van, and also he wanted my web address, Earlier this month I received a copy of the lawsuit posted to my home and emailed. I have every intention of defending this to protect my good name and will not be bullied in this way." He continued, "I really don’t see what his gripe is or legally where he is coming from, I am not guilty of cyber squatting or passing myself off as him."

After originally being a Elton John tribute act, Torkington said his transformation into Meat Loaf came after gaining weight. But after all of this controversy, Torkington has decided to go back to Elton, stating, "I’ve gone back to doing Elton John tribute acts more now as a result of all this. It’s less hassle than being a Meat Loaf tribute act any day.”

After recently losing a lot of weight, Torkington has recently lost a bunch of weight and has broadened his show into a 'Legends of Rock' production that includes tributes to not only Elton John but Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.

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Pollstar Top Grossing Tours of 2012 (so far)

by on Jul.14, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Pollstar Top Grossing Tours of 2012 (so far)

Pollstar has released the list of the top grosses tours for the fisrt six months of this year and Van Halen and former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters were among the top-grossing acts.

Van Halen sold 448,506 tickets, resulting in a final gross of $44.9 million. Waters topped that, selling 575,444 tickets for a final gross of $61.9 million, making him the top grossing rock act. Waters was #2 overall, behind the 'Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson: The Immortal' tour, which grossed $78.5 million. Van Halen was #3 overall.

Here's the rock represented in the top 20:
#7: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - $30.0 million
#8 - Elton John - $26.0 million
#9 - Dave Matthews Band - $24.4 million
#10 - Radiohead - $22.8
#14 - Nickelback - $21.0
#17 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - $18.3
#20 - The Black Keys - $18.0
Check out the rest of the top North American tours here: Pollstar’s Boxoffice Department determined that the Top 100 Tours in North America generated a combined gross of $1,125.9 million, up 1.2 percent over last year.

Ticket prices dropped an average of $6.34, or 9.4 percent, to $60.68, the lowest since 2007 when the average ticket price was $58.61.

On the global chart Roger Waters finished #1, with 63 shows in 40 cities. He sold 1,431,852 tickets for a total gross of $158.1 million.  By comparison, second-place Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played 34 shows in 29 cities, selling 925,839 tickets for a total gross of $79.9 million. Van Halen charted at #6.

Other rock represented in the top 20 worldwide:
#6 - Van Halen - $44.9 million
#9 - Paul McCartney - $ 40.1 million
#11 - Elton John - $37.4 million
#15 - Rammstien - $28.7 million
#18 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - $24.7 million
#19 - Dave Matthews Band - $24.4 million
#20 - Radiohead - $22.8 million

Check out the top 50 global tour list here:

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