The report lists only 5 artists who have sold more tickets than Metallica over the past 40 years

It’s one thing to even last as a band for four decades, but it’s a completely different thing when you’re also one of the best touring acts of that period. A new report from Pollstar shows that only five artists have sold more tickets than Metallica over the last 40 years and that they are the best metal touring group.

To commemorate Pollstar’s 40th anniversary, the report consists of two different charts based on ticket sales data from the past four decades, which they have dubbed the “Pollstar Era”. The first chart shows the top touring artists based on gross ticket sales, and the second is based on the number of tickets sold. Only headlining acts were counted for each artist, so festival appearances were not factored into the results, nor were performances where the artist supported another.

Metallica was ranked #6 based on tickets sold with a total of 19,468,173 tickets. U2, Dave Matthews Band, The rolling stones, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band and Elton John were the five artists who sold more, in that order. However, this makes Metallica the top metal band in terms of tickets sold – many of the other groups so high on the list belong to the classic rock, pop and country genres.

They also fell into the top 10 on the gross chart, coming in at No. 9 with over $1.2 million in gross ticket sales. The Rolling Stones took the lead in this category, having sold over $2.1 million. However, their first concert took place two decades before Metallica’s did, so naturally they gathered a large following when the thrash legends came.

Other rock and metal artists are included in the Top 50 of the charts Bon Jovi, The eagles, Guns ‘n’ Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith, KISS, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Trip, Phish, Motley Crue, Rush and more. There were 150 artists gathered on each chart. See the full report for yourself here.

Metallica has two upcoming US shows scheduled for later this month. Get tickets here.

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