Eagles Elton John And Metallica Lead Forbes Top Rock Earners


The 100 highest-earning celebrities for 2018 – 2019 annual Forbes’ list had nine rock acts with Eagles, Elton John and Metallica at the top.

The highest takings for the artists’ recorded topped $100 million for The Eagles down to $39 million for The Dave Matthews Band. Guns N’ Roses showed a return of $44 million which was earned partly from the reunion events they did together.

The Eagles frontmen Glenn Frey, left, and Joe Walsh

In order to get on to the list, the admission price set by Forbes must be met. As reported by UCR, this year Forbes set the highest price so far in their listing history, setting the figure at $37.5 million.

That figure has gone up 7 per cent from previous charts. According to Forbes, “the world’s 100 highest-paid superstars clocked $6.3 billion in pretax earnings over the past 12 months.”


The Eagles made more than $3.5 million at each event on their current tour, their first since the passing of Glenn Frey. Forbes quoted Metallica as having grossed more than $250 million during their Worldwired tour which lasted three years.


GNR took more than $4 million with each show but they still  “stayed in eight-figure territory without any major endorsements.”

Taylor Swift once again topped the 100 list, making $185 million during 2018 – 2019 accounting period. Other pop artists, including Kanye West ($150 million) and Ed Sheeran ($110 million) followed in the musicians-only list before the Eagles’ appearance.

‘Forbes’ Highest-Paid Rock Artists 2018-19
8. Eagles – $100m
19. Elton John – $84m
30. Metallica – $68.5m
53. Billy Joel – $53m
59. Fleetwood Mac – $49m
62. Paul McCartney – $48m
71. Guns N’ Roses – $44m
83. Rolling Stones – $41m
92. Dave Matthews Band – $39m

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