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U2 may have helped Ireland out by pumping $70 million into the Irish economy with their three Dublin shows in July, but the Irish have returned the favor by helping the band to rake in over $100 million in just its first 13 shows.
According to Billboard.com, the success of U2’s 360 Tour has made the Irish rock band just the third musical act to exceed $100 million in overall ticket sales so far in 2009. Bruce Springsteen and Madonna share the achievement.
The band’s three gigs at Dublin’s Croke Park largely helped catapult the tour to its mega-profitable status. Bono and the boys grossed $28.8 million, over a quarter of their total profits thus far, during the Irish shows.
This sets another record for the rockers, who have now posted the fourth-highest recorded gross for a performance run at a single location.
American legend Bruce Springsteen currently holds the record, raking in $38.6 million at Giants Stadium in New York in 2003, while the Spice Girls 2008 performances in London and 1999’s Woodstock festival clock in at second and third.
U2’s latest tour, which kicked off in Barcelona on June 30, has been met with rave reviews from music critics around the globe.
The band will play their first American gig at a sold-out Soldier's Field in Chicago on September 11, before their tour brings them to in Chicago, Boston, New York, Houston, Washington, Charlottesville, Raleigh, Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
U2, which will wrap up the 360 Tour in Vancouver, Canada, on October 28, will have played an astonishing 44 shows since their first gig in late June.
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