Nov 27 2006

SHOF Inductees TheStones Roll By U2 For Top Grossing Tour Ever

SHOF Inductees Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, along with their band The Rolling Stones, have re-captured the “top-grossing tour ever” mantle from U2 with their $437 million A Bigger Bang trek, and tour producer Michael Cohl indicates they may pad that record.

From March 28, 2005, to March 2, 2006, U2’s Vertigo tour rang up grosses of more than $333 million. That put U2 ahead of the Stones’ $320 million Voodoo Lounge tour of 1994-95, and the band’s 10 stadium makeup shows this month will take the total to 121 shows and a gross of about $377 million.

But the Stones’ numbers from A Bigger Bang shatter that mark. Since the fall of 2005, the band has drawn 3.5 million people to 113 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. In addition, an estimated crowd of 2 million saw the band perform at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro back in February. Though nothing’s official, it appears likely the band will stretch the tour into 2007, making the $500 million mark easily within reach.
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