U2 Wraps Experience + Innocence Tour With $125 Million Earned

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The Edge and Bono of U2 perform at O2 Arena on Oct. 23, 2018 in London.

U2 wraps the Experience + Innocence tour with $126.2 million in the bank and 923,733 tickets sold, according to reports to Billboard Boxscore. The 59-date, sold-out international trek wrapped on Nov. 13.

The tour began May 2 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., and continued to play North American arenas until concluding on July 3 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. U2 began and ended the European leg at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, due to the Sept. 1 show being rescheduled to Nov. 13. They grossed $64.7 million in Europe, compared to $61.5 million in North America. But considering there were 32 European shows and 27 North American shows, the per-show average was stronger in the U.S. and Canada, grossing $2.3 million per night in North America, versus $2 million each night in Europe.

After 2017’s sprawling stadium tour in honor of The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary, the Irish quartet played multiple nights in arenas for the Experience + Innocence Tour. The trek’s biggest reports came from two of the most iconic cities and venues in the world, as the band grossed $9.4 million from four shows at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris and $8.7 million from three shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The Experience + Innocence Tour acts as an extension of U2’s absolutely dominant presence on the road. The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 finished as the year’s biggest tour ($317 million) and they recently won the Billboard Live Music Award for Top Boxscore (Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paolo, Brazil on Oct. 19-25, 2017). Further, the band’s 2009 360° Tour still stands as the highest-grossing tour since the inception of Billboard Boxscore in 1990, with $736 million in the bank. Their 2018 jaunt pushes U2’s total career grosses to a staggering $2.15 billion from 27.7 million tickets sold.

U2 has a reputation for pushing boundaries onstage, and much like the groundbreaking introduction of “The Claw” on the band’s 360° Tour, they unveiled the Augment Your Reality app for their 2018 shows. Fans were encouraged to download the app before arriving at the venue to trigger special content via the 100-foot-long LED wall running the length of the arena floor at the beginning of each show.

This run served as a conceptual sequel to 2015’s Innocence + Experience Tour. While that tour was more expansive, grossing $152.2 million from 76 sold-out shows, the 2018 outing performed better on a per-show basis, averaging $2.138 million each night, up from 2015’s $2.003 million per show.

U2 traveled the world in support of 2017’s Songs of Experience. The set debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming their eighth No. 1 album and their first since March 21, 2009, when No Line on the Horizon reigned supreme.

Experience + Innocence Tour: By the Numbers

Total Gross: $126,188,344

Average Per-Show Gross: $2,138,785

Tickets Sold: 923,733

Shows / Sellouts: 59 / 59

Biggest Boxscore (Overall): AccorHotels Arena, Paris - $9,437,998 – 4 shows – Sept. 8-13, 2018

Biggest Boxscore (North America): Madison Square Garden, New York - $8,705,673 – 3 shows – June 25-July 1


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