The supergroup, along with Madonna and rock legends The Rolling Stones, were branded “sure-thing megastars” by the music bible.
While in-demand young stars like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna are all playing across North America this summer, they are not deemed to have the same iconic status as the three acts.
Bon Jovi, who headlined Slane last year, were also given similar status along with country star Taylor Swift.
U2 confirmed their pulling power with their epic 360 Tour which broke The Rolling Stones’s record to become the highest- grossing and most widely- attended tour of all time in 2011 with over €500m in ticket sales and over 7m concert goers.
“For the first time since 2007, U2, Madonna, and the Rolling Stones are all sitting out touring the US and with Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift also off the road, the concert business will have to get by this summer without a sure- thing megastar,” reports Rolling Stone.
John Meglen, president of global touring for concert promoter AEG Live, alluded to the lack of iconic rockers on the circuit this summer in Rolling Stone.
“Some of the artists who’ve been iconic multiple arena and stadium acts — we’re not seeing that in North America. But there’s a lot of good talent selling out arenas right now.”
But Rolling Stone did concede that One Direction will be pulling in stadium crowds with their upcoming tour.
“The superstar boy band will do more than 30 such shows, many of them sold out, which has helped Live Nation, the industry’s biggest promoter, expand its stadium concerts from 30 in 2013 to 55 this year,” said the magazine.
With record sales plunging due to downloading, the biggest acts on the planet are all performing far more than they did in the past as it has become the biggest source of revenue.
U2, who are expected to release a new album later this year, have yet to confirm touring plans.
Their last critically acclaimed performance was at the Oscars when they performed ‘Ordinary Love’ to the star-studded audience.
Bon Jovi had the top grossing tour last year, playing to 2.1m fans and selling €150m worth of tickets.