Rolling in it: two year Stones tour reaps $560m

  • 5 October 2007

The Rolling Stones earned almost $560 million for their two-year Bigger Bang world tour, which conclude at London’s O2 arena in August.

The figures were revealed by the band’s producer Michael Cohl, which show the Stones trouncing the previous world record of $389 million set by U2’s Vertigo tour 2005-06.

“It was a long tour, but more than anything it was fantastic,” he said.

“We had to overcome a lot; this was like Homer’s Odyssey.

“There were all sorts of difficulties to overcome and it turned out to be just one amazing triumph.”

Some 4.68 million tickets were sold for the 144 shows, which took in Romania, Serbia and Montenegro for the first time.

Meanwhile, Mick Jagger has vowed to keep the Rolling Stones going and claims they have no plans to retire.

He did however rule out Glastonbury next year, referring to The Who’s performance in the pouring rain.

“I don’t want to play Glastonbury on the Sunday night in the pouring rain, which is what The Who did this year.

“I was watching it on the telly, and my kids were there. I’m on the phone saying ‘it’s awful’. They said it’s really fun, but it didn’t look fun to me.”

The Rolling Stones

The legendary rockers, fronted by Mick Jagger, perform their recognisable hits from across the decades including Satisfaction, Paint It Black and Brown Sugar, as well as some surprises thrown in for good measure. Special guests in London on their No Filter tour include Liam Gallagher on Tuesday and Florence + The Machine…

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