Somehow, in the midst of raising her kids, writing children’s books, and visiting holy shrines in Israel, Madonna found time this year to go on a concert tour. As it turns out, she was 2004’s top-earning concert draw, according to Billboard Boxscore. According to the trade publication, her Re-Invention Tour sold out 55 of 56 shows and grossed $125 million by the time it wrapped in September. ”My Re-Invention tour was by far the most creatively satisfying experience I have ever had,” the Material Mom told Billboard. ”I was able to put everything I love into one entertaining event: film, music and dance.”
Madonna far outsold the No. 2 draw, Prince’s Musicology Tour ($90 million), though Prince actually sold the most tickets this year (1.5 million). In third place was Shania Twain ($62.5 million), followed by the briefly reunited Simon & Garfunkel ($59 million) and Metallica ($53.8 million). Rounding out the top 10 were Bette Midler ($53.3 million), Sting ($52.4 million), Kenny Chesney ($49.3 million), David Bowie ($46 million), and Toby Keith ($44.3 million). Meanwhile, Celine Dion grossed $77 million in ticket sales this year, which would have been good enough for third place on the touring list had she actually toured; of course, she earned all that money in one place, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.