Madonna biggest 2008 North American tour attraction

Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:45am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" concert tour was the biggest-grossing music tour of 2008 in North America, raking in $105.3 million, concert tracking magazine Pollstar said on Monday.

The Material Girl, whose 58-show world tour finished in Brazil last week, was closely followed by another solo diva -- Canadian-born Celine Dion, who made $94 million in North America from her first tour since ending an almost five-year residency in Las Vegas a year ago.

Rock veterans The Eagles were third on Pollstar's list, grossing $73.4 million for their tour to support possibly their last studio album "Long Road out of Eden".

Country music star Kenny Chesney ($72.2 million) and rock band Bon Jovi ($70.4 million) came in fourth and fifth.

The Top 10 grossing tours of North America were rounded out by Bruce Springsteen and the E street band ($69.3 million), Neil Diamond ($59.8 million), Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million), The Police ($48.0 million) and veteran rocker Tina Turner ($47.7 million).

Pollstar's Top 10 list did not include global tour earnings for the year.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Dan Whitcomb)

<p>Madonna performs during the Los Angeles date of her "Sticky and Sweet" tour at Dodgers stadium in Los Angeles, November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>