METALLICA And GUNS N' ROSES Make FORBES Magazine's List Of World's Highest-Paid Celebrities

METALLICA And GUNS N' ROSES Make FORBES Magazine's List Of World's Highest-Paid Celebrities

Forbes has released its 2019 ranking of the world's highest-paid celebrities, and METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES both made the list.

METALLICA, which didn't rank in 2018, took No. 21 this year with $65 million. GUNS N' ROSES also failed to make the list last year but landed at No. 71 in 2019 with $44 million.

The annual Celebrity 100 ranks the world's highest-paid celebrities in music, sports and entertainment according to what they made over the last 12 months.

Taylor Swift is still the highest paid celebrity in the world, earning $185 million over the past year.

Music industry trade magazine Pollstar recently named METALLICA one of the top-earning hard rock and metal tours of the "2019 Midyear" reporting period, which covered the six-month range from November 22, 2018 to May 22, 2019.

The ongoing "WorldWired" trek continued to be a hot ticket, as the group's 21 North American arena shows during the reporting period grossed a total of $41.7 million, good for an average per-show gross of $1.99 million. With an average attendance of more than 16,000, the band moved nearly 350,000 tickets altogether.

On a per-show basis, METALLICA did even better internationally, as five of the six European stadium concerts the group performed in May grossed a combined $28 million thanks to an average attendance of more than 58,000. (Figures for the sixth date are unknown.) Altogether, the band grossed $69.7 million in the six-month reporting period, making the group the fourth highest-grossing act in the world during that time behind only Elton John, Pink and Justin Timberlake — each of whom sold fewer tickets but had a higher average ticket price.

GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour is believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago. The trek began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 2018.


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