Sir Elton John named richest live performer of 2020 despite aborting tour and not making a new album

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British superstar Elton John has topped 2020's list of richest live performers. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
British superstar Elton John has topped 2020's list of richest live performers. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

He may be 73 and decades older than many of his contemporaries, but Elton John is laughing all the way to the bank.

The singing legend has been named the highest-ranked live performer in the world despite having to abandon his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in March due to the Covid-19 crisis.

This didn’t stop him raking in £65 million (R1,3 billion) this year – £14m (R282m) more than his closest rival, pop superstar Celine Dion, who banked £51m (just over R1bn).

Figures published by Pollstar magazine – the authority on live concerts – showed many performers still made millions despite the pandemic that decimated economies.

In third position was US rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra with £44m (R886m) followed by Irish rockers U2 with £40m (R805m) in fourth spot and British band Queen fronted by Adam Lambert with £34m (R685m) in fifth.

Post Malone, Eagles, Jonas Brothers, Dead & Company and Andrea Bocelli rounded out the Top 10.

Bad news for Sie Elton fans is that that the star, who has 33 albums to his name, has no plans to make new music anytime soon, saying it’s “not the time” now for him.

Speaking to Record Collector, he said, “I have no idea what the f**k I’m going to do next and that feels great. I just don’t think this is a time for me to think about recording. I’m a dad and I love being a dad. I will get in the mood to record again – and I’ll get in the mood to write . . . but no one needs another Elton John record out at the moment.”

Er, we might!


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