ROLLING STONES: The Number-One Concert Attraction
Chalk up another number-one for The Rolling Stones. According to Billboard, they’re the top concert act of the past quarter-century.
Based on statistics from 1990 to the present, nearly 20-million people have seen Mick Jagger and his buddies rock out live — and have spent more than $1.56 billion on tickets. Ranking second is U2, which actually sold more tickets — 20.5 million, as opposed to 19.67 for the Stones, but pulled in slightly less at the box office, $1.51 billion.
Rounding out the Top 5 are Bruce Springsteen ($1.19 billion, 15 million ticket sales), Madonna ($1.14 billion, 9.6 million tickets) and Bon Jovi ($1.03 billion, 12.3 million tickets). The rest of the Top 10 are Elton John, The Dave Matthews Band, Celine Dion, Kenny Chesney and the Eagles.
The entire list — which also includes familiar names such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart AC/DC and Cher — has been posted by Billboard.