Then he got the second shock when he didn"t make it to the 'Musicians" Rich List," led by rival rockers U2. “Jon kicked up a huge fuss and got his people to complain. He couldn"t understand why he didn"t make the musicians list since Bon Jovi has been touring nonstop since February. Their contemporaries U2 and Bruce Springsteen were on the list. Even Britney Spears was No. 5, and she hasn't done anything this year," the New York Post quoted a source as saying.
The Forbes" list of 12 of 2010"s top-earning musicians came out on July 16, 2010. U2 was at the top spot with an estimated 130 million dollars earned on worldwide tour. Forbes admitted that Bon Jovi"s people had complained about the matter.
“Forbes estimated each act"s earnings between June 2009 and June 2010 and included revenue streams such as concert dates, merchandise sales, licensing fees, music sales, and publishing royalties. Bon Jovi didn"t tour for eight of those months," they explained.
The group"s two-year world tour started in February 2010, with 28 dates played before the Forbes deadline. “That's ridiculous. Last year, the band took an eight-month break from touring, so there was no expectation that they would rank on this year's list," said Bon Jovi"s rep.