Forbes Highest-Paid Musicians of 2015
Clearly, it pays to stick around. Forbes has revealed its list of the World's Highest-Paid Musicians of 2015 and two of the most successful bands of the 1970s have landed in the top 10 of the tally, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Both groups' earnings were powered by very lucrative tours.
The Eagles, who land at #5 on the list, made $73.5 million over the past year, thanks in large part to the 57 concerts they played on their ongoing The History of the Eagles Tour. The group drops a couple of spots from 2014, when they finished in third place on the Forbes tally and earned $100 million.
Fleetwood Mac, who last year welcomed longtime singer/keyboardist Christine McVie back into its lineup, ranks #9 after bringing in $59.5 million. The band's On with the Show trek included a total of 89 performances during the past year.
Several other well-known veteran artists appear further down on the Forbes list. The Rolling Stones are #11 with earnings of $57.5 million, Elton John finishes in 15th place with $53.5 million, Paul McCartney is #17 with $51.5 million, Foo Fighters land at #24 with $38 million, and Jimmy Buffett, who made a truckload of bucks from his Margaritaville restaurant chain, is #28, with $36 million.
Forbes' highest-paid music artist overall for 2015 is pop star Katy Perry, who raked in $135 million, mostly thanks to her long-running Prismatic World Tour.