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Bon Jovi's tour is highest earner of 2010


Rockers Bon Jovi have grossed $146.5 million from their North American shows in the past 12 months, making them the highest-earning touring band of 2010.

The band delighted fans across the U.S. and Canada with The Circle trek earlier this year, and they subsequently played 69 shows to pull in the massive amount, according to data compiled by Billboard Boxscorel.

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The stars also topped the tour total rundown in 2008 and singer Jon Bon Jovi is delighted with the band's achievement.

He says, "In the industry it means something. ... All your peers are going to look at it. They're going to see some kind of year-end charts for everything: albums, singles, touring. ... You can't think about it. In order to break records you have to just do it to satisfy the need."

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Irish rockers U2 came in second place with $131.5 million from their "360 Degrees" tour, which is running into 2011.

AC/DC, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas make up the rest of the top five.