Special Report: Dave Matthews still rich
Hmm, this list looks suspiciously like the concert tour grosses published by Pollstar; however, DMB finished one slot lower, at #10 in the Forbes rankings. Not surprisingly, the #1 spot on both lists was held by the Rolling Stones, who raked in $150 million all told, $138 million of which came from the tail end of the tour for "A Bigger Bang" which sold out a show at UVA's Scott Stadium in October 2005.
It looks like DMB, who played two nights at UVA's new John Paul Jones basketball arena about a year later before opening for the Stones again, could still stand to learn a thing or two from the masters: they pulled in a mere $60 million in comparison.
In 2006, the Dave himself clocked in at #51 on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities, which also estimated his income at $30 million – half the band's yearly gross. He didn't place at all in 2005.